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another slippery slope

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Mar 12, 2008

If the bishops of England and Wales have not already persuaded you to oppose the pending legislation on embryo research and assisted reproduction, consider this BBC report:

New fertility legislation will make it illegal to use embryos with a known genetic abnormality in IVF treatment when ones without the same defect are available.

The BBC story focuses on the "defect" of deafness. If an embryo has a genetic characteristic known to cause deafness, under the proposed legislation it would be illegal to implant that embryo, and thus illegal to bring a deaf child into the world, if there's a choice.

That word "choice" should serve as a reminder that, thanks to existing law, the mother of a "defective" unborn child can always opt for abortion. There is always that "choice."

So if it's illegal voluntarily to begin a pregnancy with a child who is known to be deaf, how long before it's declared illegal voluntarily to continue a pregnancy if the child will be deaf?

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 12, 2008 12:05 PM ET USA

    You are SO right, Diogenes! And when you consider the costs of raising a severely disabled child, especially in countries with socialized medicine, just think of the pressures that will be brought to bear on women who are carrying children with genetic markers for various handicaps. Either abort or you're on your own! 1984 isn't behind us -- it's just been delayed a few years.

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