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  •  I teach human genetics.... (0+ / 0-)

    and we always talk about ethics and choices.  i tell the students you know it is an ethical question when you can see no easy answers.  i emphasize the importance of understanding that there are always new mutations- we can never screen for every problem.  But if someone wants to avoid a known problem, they should be allowed screening and the option to terminate a pregnancy or screen the embryos to implant. also, if someone wants a child but they are at risk for a genetic defect, they should still be able to make that choice and get health care.  most people will not chose to make a child suffer.  I think having a child is one of the most creative things many people can do in their lives.  Don't assume that people who can't afford luxuries are depriving their children of love.  That said, some people should not reproduce, especially when young and uneducated.  They should take the time to grow up themselves before having kids.

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

    by murrayewv on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 08:01:22 PM PST

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