RE: `genetic engineering', not

From: Barbara Lamar (
Date: Mon Dec 24 2001 - 21:08:24 MST

> In reality, and once this sort of thing becomes common(ish), I suppose
> there *will* be a few kids who get conceived and born for purely
> instrumental motives, and who have a terrible time as a result.

 There's no ethical or practical reason that parents should not be allowed
to conceive a child and make the decision not to grow the new embryo beyond
the stage required to save their already-born ill child. This would solve
the problem of bringing unwanted children into the world. But I agree with
Damien that in most cases the life-saving child would be grown to term,
welcomed into the world, and greatly loved and appreciated by the parents
and the rescued sibling.


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