posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 01:36 AM
On one hand, I understand the feelings that ideas like this could go way overboard and that we could eventually live in a world like Gattica. But on
the other hand, I also understand that sometimes the impairments can be so severe that it would probably have been better had the child not been
I say all of that as someone who survived cancer at age 15. I am incredibly grateful for the treatments and care I received, and that I was able to
graduate high school and college on time, but sometimes I do think about what cost my treatments came at. Even with amazing insurance, all of the
treatments and doctors visits nearly bankrupted my parents (causing the a lot of stress), and the "cure" has led to many long-term side effects that
will be around for awhile. On top of that, my odds of a secondary cancer are at nearly 100%. My point behind all of that, is was it worth it? Was all
of that pain and suffering endured during treatments, and all that I continue to endure, and am guaranteed to endure, worth the few moments where I'm
"normal?" What about the strain on my parents? They'd never trade me for the world, but it still makes me wonder.
Its not a pleasant thought, but its still in the back of my mind. I loved life before and I love it even more now that I've been given a second
chance, but it goes back to at what cost to me and those around me. With this in mind, I can easily understand why prospective parents would choose to
terminate a pregnancy that would most likely result in a child with high defects. When I say this I'm not talking about things like Down's or even
most in the Autism spectrum, but the truly debilitating diseases and defects that will permanently alter the life of the parents and the child in the
most extreme way. I am not for terminating the pregnancies that will result in a child that needs some form of therapy or extra care for part of their
lives, but for those that are so far at the edge of disfigurement and retardation that it simply isn't worth it.
At the end of the day, though, this really isn't any of my business. I won't fault someone for terminating a pregnancy like what I've talked about,
but I also would never judge a person that chose to care for their child no matter how much care and commitment it involves.