Skip to comments.Chuck Colson: Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue -- Designer Babies
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 threatone 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 boyblond 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 Logans parents, things dont 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 musicyes, hes good at it, his genes have seen to thatbut hed much rather spend his time designing model airplanes.
Logans parents are furious. They paid good money for a son who would make them proud on the athletic field and in the concert hall! Plusthe final insultLogan dyed his blonde hair purple.
While this is not a true story, of coursebut 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 juniors hair and eye color. The babies will, of course, be free of inherited diseases. Dr. FrankensteinI mean, Dr. Steinbergchecks 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 dont make the grade are destroyedor sold to medical researchers.
Its the ultimate in consumerismshopping for a baby the way you would for a car, choosing exactly the right color and accessories.
Its also the ultimate discriminationrefusing 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 hes not traveling down a dangerous road, merely an uncharted one. Hes wrong. The idea of designing a master race has been tried in the pastwith 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 testedand to kill the ones who dont quite measure up?
Christianity teaches that we are made in Gods 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 sicknot 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.
This has ALWAYS been the goal.
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?
I would guess the Nordic race is going to make a comeback.
What a perfect response. Bravo!
Or, rather, the Antichrist soon will make his advent.
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.
Could it be that some might see a preference for blonde hair or blue eyes as racist?
*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 testedand to kill the ones who dont 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!
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.
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.
Just wait until babies are aborted because of their “propensity to be homosexual”...
It's a shame your parents didn't have that choice.
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.
So.. you are in favor of more retarded kids?