The Slippery Slope of Designer Babies


By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

"If you are freaked out that someone is currently editing human embryos, then today is the day to freak out,” according to a member of the National Academy of Medicine. As those of you who have been following the scientific progress in the MCFL quarterly members’ magazine know, much good can be done with the same techniques, but they can also be used to produce "designer babies.” This article in Sunday's Globe analyzes the scientific, ethical, and social problems arising now which will mushroom in the future.

Should this come to pass, some parents may be tempted to inquire about genetically augmenting their children, says Jeffrey Kahn, the director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. “Say we know how to encourage muscle growth in these children,” he says. “Couldn’t you use the same technique for a linebacker? The line between curative and enhancement depends upon the person using it.”

And thus begins the slippery slope.

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