PGD: a blessing or a curse?

9 Jan

A Human Embryo

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a method to examine possible diseases of an embryo, prior to the implanantation into the uterus. PGD discovers the embryos at risk, but it requires in vitro fertilization (IVF). A cell is picked after the third day of fertilization of the embryo and the genom is extracted and analyzed for the presence of genetic abnormalities. The parents are the ones, who have to decide after what the embryo shall be analyzed.

With this method there is the possibility to avoid diseases. Healthy children will be born and disabilities would be eliminated. This sounds really good at the first sight. But of course, there are people who are against this method.

Since a fertilized embryo is needed, critics say that you take the chance of a human being to live, if you discover that it has a disability or a disease and because of that not implant it into the uterus. Another point is that they fear, that the parents start to “design” their perfect baby. Which in their opinion is not ethically correct.

Supporters say that PGD is a good method to save the mother from much pain and a possible abortion of a baby. A side effect would be more healthier babies and population.

So what is your opinion? Do you favor this method? Would you save your baby and yourself of much pain and struggle?


4 Responses to “PGD: a blessing or a curse?”

  1. peterwicks January 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    Personally I favour it. It increases human choice, and that’s a good thing. I also don’t have a fundamental problem with the idea of designer babies, provided that we think carefully about the consequences.

    As for whether I would use the technique myself; I think it’s primarily the mother’s decision. I don’t think I’d be opposed to the idea.

  2. Marius January 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    At least there are really good sides on having a PGD.
    If I would do it myself? If me and the baby’s mother decide for an IVF, I think I would do it.

    But there should be some regulations, morally and reasonable to prevent a “design delusion”. We are still talking about babies and becomming humans.

    • victor January 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      In first case everybody will say that PGD is a good thing to prevent that risk, but what can happens if everybody is using that? we can make a society in wich all the people are perfect people, that can be bored and dangerous. I recomend to see GATTACA is a film that explain what can happens in the future if every person can use the PGD.

  3. Laverne Opeth July 21, 2015 at 1:02 am #

    I am for PGD because it is a way of avoiding abortion without trauma to the mother and also avoiding diseases that may effect it’s quality of life, and as a mother I want that for my kids.
    The cell of the baby has not developed yet and I would not consider it murder unless you were 6 months pregnant or over. It is a way of giving your baby the best life It can have.

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