Skip to comments.Genetically selecting 'gay' embryos?
Posted on 01/24/2011 7:15:14 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
If two homosexual men want to use in vitro fertilization to conceive a baby and then use genetics technology to ensure the baby is also "gay," while disposing of any "straight" embryos, would the law have any ethical problems with that?
America's leading ethicist in the field of human reproduction has written a paper that argues future homosexual couples should have "the right" to do exactly that.
John A. Robertson of the University of Texas Law School is the chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and an advocate of what his book "Children of Choice" calls "procreative liberty."
In a paper for the Washington, D.C., think tank Brookings Institution, Robertson presents a futuristic scenario where advancing science and society's evolving morality could create a once only dreamed-of ethical dilemma:
"Larry, a pediatrician, and David, a wills lawyer, meet in their late 20s, fall in love, and marry on June 15, 2025, in Indianapolis," Robertson writes. "By 2030, they are well-enough established in their careers to think about having their own child. Larry's 24-year-old sister Marge has agreed to donate her eggs, and David will provide the sperm, so that each partner will have a genetic connection with the child. In the process, Larry and David come to realize that they would prefer to have a male child that shares their sexual orientation."
He continues, "The clinic doctors are experts in embryo screening and alteration, but cannot guarantee that the resulting embryos will in fact turn out to be homosexual. To increase the certainty, they will insert additional 'gay gene' sequences in the embryos."
While Robertson admits no such "gay gene" has yet been identified, he argues that genomic knowledge is "mushrooming."
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...
A question posed a few years back was: if a baby’s sexual orientation can some day be determined during pregnancy, will gays or leftists object to a woman’s ‘right to choose’ in that circumstance?
Sounds like somebody is seeking a new means of justifying forcing homosexuality on kids.
“The embryo was gay, so who are we to judge”
We’ll see how they react when people choose to abort genetically predisposed “gay” children.
I don’t care what year they do it in... there’s no gay gene.
If they want their son to be gay, they have to hand him over to a pedophile at an early age.
Sure...why not just come up with three more reasons to discard more embryos. /sarc
It’s not genetic.
Well, good luck with that. There hasn't been a "gay" gene identified.
If genetics are involved, it’s because of a malfunctioning gene, not a normal alternative form of sexuality.
Then they can ethically have their baby born with two livers to replace the one I am going to abuse.
They don’t really need two and manipulating a predisposition seems natural and moral to me. /s
‘Going to abuse’? Hell son, you’re runnin’ behind. Get with the program! Let me mix up a pitcher of extra dry Martinis, potato Vodka and extra dry Vermouth. Three olives.
They will NEVER find the magic gene that proves inateness of their CHOSEN behavior but none the less they experience rights far beyond that of all other people around the world. I resent their trumping of rights in the name of their choice...I resent further their God-Complex when it comes to such things.
Newsflash (not to Will88, but to everyone)
No such thing as a gay embryo, never will be.
There is no gay gene. It’s environmental upbringing. If it was genetic, there’d be no way NOT to be gay. Science has already proven it is not genetic. Identical twins, when one is “gay”, the other twin is “gay” only about half the time.
If it were genetic, both twins would have NO CHOICE but to be gay.
There is no gay gene. Even gay researchers know the implication of the identical twin findings. THey hope that you never do.
Actually it's an overbearing mother and unassertive father that will cause the child to reverse pattern to the incorrect sex as a role model. That is why statistically it is usually the youngest child that turns gay.
I just went to the liquor closet to pour and noticed the liter of Bombay Sapphire I hadn’t opened yet. So I made a double gin with vermouth and four olives. Having cheese sticks with it then off to bed.
Newsflash to kabumpo: Doesn't change the fact that the hypothetical question has been posed and discussed, and will probably be discussed again.