By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction by Henry Greeley, published by Harvard University Press, predicts that within 10 – 20 years, couples will fertilize 100 eggs outside the womb, have printouts of the genetic material and medical future for each one, then decide which one they want to implant.
Taken at face value, much of this sounds wonderful. I mean, who wouldn’t want to remove (or at least minimize) the chance of their child being born into a life of debilitating or even lethal disease? But this technology is also consumed with moral and ethical questions. Particularly in conservative camps, the premise of a couple producing one hundred (or even more) embryos in an external laboratory containment with a printout of the predicted characteristics of each, selecting one and discarding the rest is going to be similar to 99 abortions. But even if we get beyond that aspect of the question, how far do you want these choices to go?
Killing 99 babies is chilling. And the ethical implications for society as a whole are staggering. My mother always said that every age thinks it is the end times, but we certainly have reason to fear so.