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reply to post by tomoe723
I'm really quite disturbed by the whole genetic screen to determine the future of life itself, once the process is well underway.
I have mixed feelings for just one area ..and that is profound birth defect. There are babies born all the time, and all over the world who live a short time ..and mercy would have been to save them that much suffering when medical tech allows for it. That's a class of small and extreme conditions, IMO tho. The boutique approach to child birth? I guess I'm just getting too weary to fight the trend anymore ...
I've accepted in this area? We are going to become a society that looks more like Gattaca than it does anything we've known as free Americans in the past. Heck, the only BIG difference NOW between America and Gattaca (See movie for context) is portability. I think hard about the tech shown in that nightmare version of 1984 life ...and really, that IS all that's missing. Portability and speed.
When DNA scanners can be handheld and results can process and pop within reasonable time to stand and wait for the result? We'll be able to watch that movie and relate to almost everything else.
And don't say you would figure something out.
I'm gonna sue the parents for permanent psychological scarring.
They singlehandedly ruined my faith in humanity.
This makes you wonder at what % of defects their child would have been "acceptable".
edit on 23-12-2013 by Asktheanimals because: (no reason given)
It's already been said, mostly. They paid for a service, and the company screwed up. They should dish it out.
I'm going to try and keep this as nice as possible while not betraying my true thoughts on the matter... I think the most moral thing to do is a painless euthanasia for a child so unfit. We're having issues taking care of those who can actually contribute... it just doesn't make much sense to let feelings get in the way of what's truly best.
No need to flame me, I don't mean harm, just stating an opinion.
Jury awards $50 million verdict against LabCorp, Wash. hospital
A Washington state jury returned a $50 million verdict this week against LabCorp and a hospital after finding both were negligent in testing for a genetic defect in a fetus.
On Tuesday, the jury found that the failure to detect a rare genetic disorder — after the child’s parents specifically requested the test to determine whether to continue the pregnancy — injured the child, Oliver Wuth, and his parents, Brock and Rhea Wuth.
The verdict is to pay for damages and for Oliver’s Wuth’s lifetime care. Both LabCorp and Valley Medical Center, in King County, Wash., must share equally the payment of the $50 million verdict, the jury decided.
This whole event is quite sad but I do think labs and hospitals need to perform their testing correctly and accurately (so the lawsuit seems justified based on my 30 seconds of research).
The lawyer probably used terms that sound barbaric but his job is to win the lawsuit for his clients and not to frame things sensitively.
At least the kid is alive and going to have access to the medical attention his condition may require...