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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Surrogacy and Genetic Selection

I ran across two news stories that kept me pondering for the past couple of days. One involving surrogacy and one involving genetic selection.

Story #1

A 52-year-old woman served as a surrogate mother for her daughter and gave birth to two of her own grandchildren, a set of twins, in late June.

Crystal Sirignano offered to become a surrogate for her daughter after her daughter Kendra went through several failed infertility treatments and surgeries.

The healthy babies, a boy and a girl, were delivered by Caesarean section. Domenic weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces. His sister Mia weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces.

Story #2

British doctors report they helped conceive a child genetically incapable of developing hereditary breast cancer.

A British couple agreed to go through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) although they had no problem conceiving. They produced 11 embryos, which doctors tested, and found five to be free from the gene, the Times of London reported. Two of these were implanted in the woman’s uterus, and she is now 14 weeks pregnant.

The 27-year-old woman — who wanted to remain anonymous — decided to undergo the procedure because her husband's sister, mother, grandmother and cousin have all had the disease, according to the paper.

Both news stories beg the question: Just because we can, should we?
Each decision is obviously and individual's decision. I understand that.
But those little babies' have a complicated family tree.
And genetic selection is a slippery slope that makes me wonder what other parents will want to pick and choose for their unborn children.

Anybody else care to share their thoughts?

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At 7:18 AM, Blogger Patricia said...

Both stories do raise red flags, but the IVF story disturbs me the most. With a strong belief in the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception, I am most disturbed about the likely destruction of the 9 embryos that were not implanted.


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