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Chuck Colson: Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue -- Designer Babies
BreakPoint ^ | 4/2/09 | Chuck Colson

Posted on 04/02/2009 5:09:32 PM PDT by wagglebee

Note: Since recording this script, the fertility clinic in Los Angeles, which announced in February that it would be allowing couples to pre-select embryos based on gender, hair, and eye color, has retracted the hair and eye color pre-selection option due to public outcry. While BreakPoint is encouraged to hear that the company has changed these practices, the issue addressed in this commentary still remains a very real threat—one that Christians should speak out on.

For more information you can read the FoxNews article on the retraction and view the clinic's website.


Mr. and Mrs. Jones want a baby. They visit a fertility clinic and announce: “We want a boy—blond hair and blue eyes, please. We want him to be at least six feet tall, good at sports and have great musical ability.”

“No sweat,” the doctor says. Nine months later, baby Logan is born.

But for Logan’s parents, things don’t work out quite the way they expected. Despite his outstanding physique, Logan has no interest in sports. He likes to write poetry instead. As for music—yes, he’s good at it, his genes have seen to that—but he’d much rather spend his time designing model airplanes.

Logan’s parents are furious. They paid good money for a son who would make them proud on the athletic field and in the concert hall! Plus—the final insult—Logan dyed his blonde hair purple.

While this is not a true story, of course—but it could be soon enough. A Los Angeles fertility clinic now offers testing for “cosmetic selection.” The procedure is known as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. It involves removing a cell from an embryo and testing it for desired physical traits.

According to Dr. Jeff Steinberg, who runs the clinic, parents can choose the sex of their baby, and also pick out junior’s hair and eye color. The babies will, of course, be free of inherited diseases. Dr. Frankenstein—I mean, Dr. Steinberg—checks for those, as well.

Dr. Gillian Lockwood, a British fertility expert, has a question for Steinberg. “What,” she wants to know, “are you going to do with all those other embryos that turn out like me to be ginger [haired] with green eyes?”

The answer is that embryos who don’t make the grade are destroyed—or sold to medical researchers.

It’s the ultimate in consumerism—shopping for a baby the way you would for a car, choosing exactly the right color and accessories.

It’s also the ultimate discrimination—refusing to allow “those people” (the sick, the unattractive, the short, the blind) to be born.

Inevitably, parents will begin to see their children not as precious gifts to be loved no matter what, but as consumer items to be coldly evaluated for any flaws.

Dr. Steinberg, says he’s not traveling down “a dangerous road,” merely “an uncharted one.” He’s wrong. The idea of designing a master race has been tried in the past—with horrific results.

Parents of Down Syndrome babies already report that doctors pressure them to abort. Given the cost of health care, how long will it be before all parents are required to have their embryos tested—and to kill the ones who don’t quite measure up?

Christianity teaches that we are made in God’s image, and that all human life has great worth, from the moment of conception until natural death. Remember, Jesus spent much of his earthly ministry curing the sick—not ignoring them, and certainly not killing them.

We need to press for regulations in this field. And we need to explain to our neighbors that by choosing which embryos will live and which will die, we are attempting to play God: vainly seeking to create life in OUR image, the ultimate affront to God.

And in the end, we will not be selecting perfect babies, but rather a horrifying future.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; colson; designerbabies; eugenics; moralabsolutes; prolife
Parents of Down Syndrome babies already report that doctors pressure them to abort. Given the cost of health care, how long will it be before all parents are required to have their embryos tested—and to kill the ones who don’t quite measure up?

This has ALWAYS been the goal.

1 posted on 04/02/2009 5:09:33 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 04/02/2009 5:10:02 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 04/02/2009 5:10:34 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

If folks can get a normal kid instead of a retard, isn’t that good?


4 posted on 04/02/2009 5:15:03 PM PDT by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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If folks can get a normal kid instead of a retard, isn’t that good?

Are you sure that you would have made the cut?

5 posted on 04/02/2009 5:35:12 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

I would guess the Nordic race is going to make a comeback.


6 posted on 04/02/2009 5:35:59 PM PDT by oyez (People! You're being pimped!)
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7 posted on 04/02/2009 5:39:51 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

What a perfect response. Bravo!


8 posted on 04/02/2009 5:42:25 PM PDT by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: oyez

Or, rather, the Antichrist soon will make his advent.


9 posted on 04/02/2009 6:01:18 PM PDT by Marechal (In Ulcisci, Fidelitas)
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To: wagglebee
Babies and children have been "consumer items" for some time now. If an unborn child is wanted, it's a BABY! If it's unwanted, it's a product of conception to be disposed of like a used kleenex.

As soon as it was legal to abort for reasons of convenience or for no reason at all, we started down this slippery slope. Expect it to get worse, and quickly.

10 posted on 04/02/2009 6:25:15 PM PDT by MantillaMilitant
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To: wagglebee
If you are going to accept that choosing embryos based on genetic qualities is a good thing (and I don't), why would selecting on the basis of hair color or eye color be wrong? I mean, some genes are dominant and others are not. Over centuries, the regressive genes like red hair and blue eyes will become eliminated so if they are desirable, why not encourage them through selective screening?

Could it be that some might see a preference for blonde hair or blue eyes as racist?

11 posted on 04/02/2009 6:45:11 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (YES WE CAN have a Depression.)
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To: wagglebee

*8Parents of Down Syndrome babies already report that doctors pressure them to abort. Given the cost of health care, how long will it be before all parents are required to have their embryos tested—and to kill the ones who don’t quite measure up?**

So glad my son and daughter in law didn’t get pressured that way. I have a lovely grandson Down Syndrome — who cares? He’s still my grandson!


12 posted on 04/02/2009 6:46:25 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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... shopping for a baby the way you would for a car, choosing exactly the right color and accessories.

Weak analogy. If I choose a blue car, that doesn't mean all the red cars are scrapped.

Children are going to be something very different from what parents imagine, anyway, so why bother trying to preprogram them? Get a cat, stock up on cheap wine, and learn to laugh at yourself.

13 posted on 04/03/2009 5:29:34 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance." ~Sam Brown)
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To: OrangeHoof

The reason it’s wrong is that what’s being attempted is the artificial selection of traits aka breeding humans which is wrong on it’s face. It is playing God. How would you like to be totally at fault for the characteristics, health and disabilities of your children the way animal breeders are with what they produce?

Humans like domestic animals have an array of characteristics that can’t be entirely predicted. Things like hair and eye color are easy, things like health and recessive abnormalities are difficult. Something that looks good on paper can result in abnormalities that can’t be predicted. Sometimes these mistakes are severe.

Animal breeders make these mistakes and the mistake is sterilized or put down. What liability will the human breeders have? They already kill those embryos who don’t meet simple selection criteria, what about infants that don’t. Utilitarian ethics says kill them too.

“Over centuries, the regressive genes like red hair and blue eyes will become eliminated”

This isn’t how genetics works. Outcrossing something with a recessive characteristic doesn’t eliminate it, it disperses it. Recessives will pop up in a later generation when crossed with another individual that also carries that recessive.


14 posted on 04/03/2009 6:06:45 AM PDT by Varda
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To: wagglebee

Just wait until babies are aborted because of their “propensity to be homosexual”...


15 posted on 04/03/2009 6:07:47 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, Bowman later)
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To: Salvation
This embicile cost the "volke" 60,000 Reichmarks during his lifetime:

16 posted on 04/03/2009 6:10:25 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, Bowman later)
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To: humblegunner
If folks can get a normal kid instead of a retard, isn’t that good?

It's a shame your parents didn't have that choice.

17 posted on 04/03/2009 7:24:59 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Serkit 3/19/09 "Slow Joe needs to stay out of the deep end of the Think Tank")
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

:-)


18 posted on 04/03/2009 7:30:45 AM PDT by auboy (Men who cannot deceive others are very often successful at deceiving themselves. Samuel Johnson)
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To: humblegunner

Only if you want to shove God off the throne and take His seat yourself.

And I’m sure Idi Amin, Hitler, 0bama, Stalin, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Min, Mao, Kim Jong Mentally Ill, and a host of other really evil men were not retards.


19 posted on 04/03/2009 8:09:09 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gama Tamasi Ma Jyotir Gama)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

So.. you are in favor of more retarded kids?


20 posted on 04/03/2009 9:46:43 AM PDT by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: humblegunner

Was my comment too difficult for you to understand?


21 posted on 04/03/2009 9:57:01 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Serkit 3/19/09 "Slow Joe needs to stay out of the deep end of the Think Tank")
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Was my comment too difficult for you to understand?

I understood you to mean that you think I should have been aborted by my parents.

I simply did not find it germane to the topic at hand.

Are you in favor or more retarded kids?

22 posted on 04/03/2009 10:05:52 AM PDT by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: humblegunner

I never mentioned abortion, how strange that you misunderstood it that way.


23 posted on 04/03/2009 10:07:45 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Serkit 3/19/09 "Slow Joe needs to stay out of the deep end of the Think Tank")
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

I note that you fail to answer the question, twice posed.


24 posted on 04/03/2009 12:23:16 PM PDT by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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I never mentioned abortion, how strange that you misunderstood it that way.

Some people have comprehension skills that are far more remedial than they would care to believe.

25 posted on 04/03/2009 12:28:00 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: humblegunner
I have a family to take care of John, so I'm not here to answer your questions based on some timeline you feel is important.

Are you in favor or more retarded kids?

Am I in favor or more ... gee, and you make fun of grammar and typing on here all the time.

26 posted on 04/03/2009 4:34:38 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Serkit 3/19/09 "Slow Joe needs to stay out of the deep end of the Think Tank")
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