Mirror of Justice

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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.


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