posted on Oct, 18 2010 @ 03:14 PM
Originally posted by Freenrgy2
Those wishing to reproduce would then be subject to criteria used to determine the viability of the individual(s) in raising a child. Along with this
would be genetic screening once conception had occured to determine risk factors later in life.
Certain risk factors would result in automatic termination of the pregnancy. Other factors deemed acceptable (as they wouldn't strain the government
run healthcare system) would be assigned a penalty depending on severity. Prospective parents would either have to pay this penalty based on amount of
risk or chose to terminate the pregnancy. Prospective parents would be allowed one "natural" attempt to concieve. After that, they would need to
undergo artificial insemination from genetically cleared ovum and sperm in order to conceive.
Wow, I can't imagine a circumstance under which I'd agree to allow some random person to decide based on some "risk factors" whether a child of
mine, should I ever be blessed enough to conceive, "should" be allowed to live! I hope anyone attempting to convince themselves that they should do
this is vigrously and unambiguously opposed.
What would they even begin to base it on? The whole 'genetic defects' argument doesn't really hold water. Many with Downs Syndrome live truly happy
lives with productive work, loving families, and great friendships.
Turner Syndrome certainly shouldn't be on that list, either. Just based on that genetic diagnosis, you can't even begin to predict how seriously
the person will be impacted, especially prenatally, other than signs of heart defect. Sorry, but you don't destroy a person's life over a heart
defect. You fix the issue if possible. And these are girls and women who live perfectly normal lives, with nobody even really knowing that they have
this condition unless they choose to tell. The only fairly universal signs are infertility and being petite.
Would it be based on a genetic predisposition to cancer? Where would they draw the line? I would never, ever want to find out the answer to that
You don't destroy them, taking away their families, their friendships, their spouses...everything in the lives they will build. Over what, the health
care industry's bottom line?
Lives are infinitely more important than dollars.