Cosmeticembryo selection is a genetic technological procedure on embryosbefore implantation (Barel,2014).The process requires in vitro fertilization (IVF) to produce theembryos for fertilization (Barel,2014).The methods allow the parents to “design” their baby (Barel,2014).The cosmetic embryo selection offers the parents with the revelationthat may guide them terminate a pregnancy using the IVF if thecreated pregnancy will lead to disease-borne infants. Barel(2014)states, the technology allows the parents to screen their childrenfor any medical disorders as early as the embryo stage of the child’sdevelopment. The selection gives the parents additional reasons forthem to terminate a pregnancy apart from their financial inabilityand preparedness to raise the child. They can now terminate apregnancy if they feel they would not be able to raise a child withcertain disabilities and incompetence. In the central front, theparents can selectively abort a disabled child.
Thehugely overlying problem is that many cultures around the world viewabortion as morally impermissible. As any law governing for thewell-being of human beings would dictate, aborting a child becausethey are impaired would be a gross discriminatory act towards thedisabled people. It would seem the world would appreciate the worldwith no living disabled people. However, if an expectant couple hasan option of bearing and raising a healthy child instead of anunhealthy one, would it not be sensual to pick over the healthy childover the other?
Vaughndebates around the issue by mentioning, “if the principle ofautonomy or reproductive liberty grants us the right to freedomreproduce or not reproduce, doesn’t it also give us the right todecide whether our offspring will have a disability or disease?(Vaughn,2016)Thinking of it, the goal of professional medical doctors andscientists is to improve the life quality of the human race hence,offering a couple the option to raise a healthy child may be a lightconsideration. The usage of IVF allows parents to modify specifictraits in their child, such as eye color, hair color, and type. Thetwo applications of the IVF may work hand in hand for a parentingcouple, and their usages produce mixed reactions. However, utilizingthe IVF to modify specific traits should be at all cases, morally,professionally, and theoretically impermissible. The application tochoose the specific features would mean that the parents would selectan embryo over another solely based on the preferred bodilyappearance rather than selecting the child over health basis.
Iwould support the application of IVF to present the parents with theability to take on a healthy child as opposed to containing anunhealthy embryo from a genetic mutation. The moral decision wouldresonate to help eradicate any potential health risks presented bythe unhealthy genetic link that in many cases is hereditary.
Admittingmoral permission to allow parents to choose healthy babies considersthe current and future life patterns of the embryo. Using cosmeticembryo selection gives the chance to screen diseases that may becontrolled by conventional medicine (Cummings,2015).The IVF may detect a medical condition that will prevail later in thechild’s life, but if the parents choose to use IVF and eliminatethe genetic link causing the ailment, the parents and the child willbe free of any medical burdens at the expense of the family.Furthermore, if the parents use cosmetic embryo selection to screenthe embryo for any life-threatening disease, they can have a lethalform of the disease and also a milder form of the illness may be“modified” by the IVF (Cummings,2015).In such a scenario, it is most probable that the parents will opt forthe milder form of the disease rather than the lethal one. This way,the parents will provide their child with a relatively healthy lifeinstead of choosing a short life caused by the deadly form of thelife-threatening disease.
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Cummings,M. (2015). HumanHeredity: Principles and Issues.Cengage Learning.
Vaughn,L. (2016). “GeneticChoices and The Kingsburys” InBioethics:Principles,issues, and cases.Oxford University Press