Reproductive Technology

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Dec 12, 2012 (8 years and 9 months ago)

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Emily Gray

Mark James

October 21, 2009


Reproductive Technology

With the current progress of reproductive technologies, the road to future
widespread use of genetic engineering seems unavoidable
,
leading to
negative
consequences

for all parties involved
.

Lauritzen provides extremely strong ideas and
claims that support this argument, trumping all other challenges to the use of reproductive
technologies highlighted in the article.


Lauritizen emphasizes that the continuous increasing access to reproducti
ve
technologies, such as manipulation of eggs, embryo flushing, IVF, etc,
lays

the
foundation for questionable experimentation and usage of genetic engineeri
ng.
“If
reproductive technology is developed because every person has a right to bear a child,
does

it not follow that every person has a right to bear a perfect child

(Lauritizen 44)
.”
This would inevitably lead to embryos being
manipulated and modified into the “perfect
product.”

This would
turn

genetic screening into a
n

avenue that many could take
to
promise a sort of “customer satisfaction

(Lauritizen 44)
.” This would include selecting
specific sperm that are most beneficial for use in creating this product, therefore those
possessing no genetic abnormalities.

The temptation of using this technolo
gy to produce a healthy baby, involves
genetic manipulation that may at first seem attractive and hard to resist. However, once
put into affect a major concern

Lauritizen highlights is that
, “once one has begun to think
in terms of producing a product, it

becomes exceedingly difficult to distinguish between
technological interventions except on the basis of the resulting product

(Lauritizen 44)
.”
Therefore, the results of the “product” would be highlighted and lead to the increase in
use of these genetic
technologies, even though they are indee
d morally questionable. In
addition, these technologies may be intentionally used for couples to create the perfect
child, instead of using them for the sole purpose of creating life that they cannot, without
the he
lp of medicine, create.


The distinction between using this technology solely for reproduction and using it
for genetic modification is drawn by a very thin line
, however
. This makes the onset of
the development of further genetic technologies, and their

weighed benefits and harms,
even more difficult to determine.
The onset of
this genetic technology will make it
difficult for women to be able to test for abnormalities and not eliminate them, if the
develop
ment of this technology exists. This temptatio
n was even experienced by
Lauritizen personally when he did not even at first realize the moral qualms of the
difference between regularly providing the lab with sperm to impregnate his wife, and the
doctor genetically selecting a single sperm to accomplis
h this.


The negative effects of increasing reproductive technology, which leads to genetic
engineering, creates a multitude of problems. The embryo

then becomes thought of as a
product that would be

created with no abnormalities, insuring perfection. I
n essence,
genetic engineering could turn the practice of reproduction from focusing on the creation
of life, to manipulating genes to make that life optimum in ways not achieved without
this technology.





Works Cited

Lauritzen, Paul. “What Price Parent
hood?” (1990):

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