Friday, February 13, 2009
The wisdom of repugnance . . .
. . . should cause one to recoil, it seems to me, from this:
Want a daughter with blond hair, green eyes and pale skin?
A Los Angeles clinic says it will soon help couples select both gender and physical traits in a baby when they undergo a form of fertility treatment. The clinic, Fertility Institutes, says it has received "half a dozen" requests for the service, which is based on a procedure called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD.
It is a familiar story: Moralists warn about dehumanization-through-technology, the smart set tut-tuts, shakes its head, and chides the moralists for being alarmist. "It won't come to that; we care about human dignity too, you know." And then, it comes to that.