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Jesus H Christ

Several U.S. fertility clinics admit they've helped couples deliberately select defective embryos. According to a new survey report, "Some prospective parents have sought [preimplantation genetic diagnosis] to select an embryo for the presence of a particular disease or disability, such as deafness, in order that the child would share that characteristic with the parents. Three percent of IVF-PGD clinics report having provided PGD to couples who seek to use PGD in this manner." Since 1) the United States has more than 400 fertility clinics, 2) more than two-thirds that answered the survey offer PGD, and 3) some clinics that have done it may not have admitted it, the best guess is that at least eight U.S. clinics have done it. Old fear: designer babies. New fear: deformer babies.

Holy fucking shit! Can you believe this?! There must be some way to smack down these MFers. I personally believe that if at all possible, each embryo should have the chance for life, but actually cherry picking ones so that your offspring will have a deformity or defect is just beyond belief. It almost amounts to some weirdass form of child abuse. WTF do they do if none of the embryos show problems? Flush the lot of them and try, try, try again until they find one with the genetic deformity of choice? I thought the whole designer baby thing was twisted and fucked up, but this just takes the cake. It just takes that obscene level of crazyass narcicism and then trumps it.

In case you're curious, the entire report is here.
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