The Risks of Pushing Towards Perfection

The purpose of selective eugenics is either to prevent the birth of babies showing serious genetic or structural disorders, or to terminate their lives once they have already been born…. Elimination or annihilation of genetically flawed individuals is perceived as a chance of eliminating genetic diseases from the population and as a prospect for a general improvement in its overall biological condition. Selection of this kind can be accomplished at various stages of the baby’s life.

The first (and in the temporal sense the earliest) opportunity may be provided by genetic counselling offered to future parents. Once potential genetic anomalies of one of them (or of both of them) are found, they can abandon the idea of having their biologically own children, and take the opportunity to use (male or female) gamete transfer from external donors.

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