Posted on Whitney’s behalf: Because I’m not a "re…


Posted on Whitney’s behalf:

Because I’m not a “real” contributor to DH, I was hoping to start a conversation on a link I just saw on MSNBC about disabled couples who are trying to genetically engineer (?) their babies to have their same disability.

I don’t know how to link to articles, or I would. (But Joe knows: Linky.)

Basically, what caught my eye the most was a couple, both of whom have dwarfism, who are pushing for this type of embryonic manipulation.

This particular quote seemed, um, ironic…to me: Gibson and Cara Reynolds of Collingswood, N.J., are outraged by opposition to using embryo screening to allow dwarf people to have dwarf children. “You cannot tell me that I cannot have a child who’s going to look like me,” Cara Reynolds said. “It’s just unbelievably presumptuous and they’re playing God.”

Isn’t that exactly what she is wanting to do? Play God?

If someone is willing to post a whole new topic, that would be great. Maybe no one is interested. That’s OK, too. 🙂

Merry Merry Merry Christmas to you all. New and old friends alike. I pray for you all peace and happiness.



2 Responses to “Posted on Whitney’s behalf: Because I’m not a "re…”

  1. juvenal_urbino Says:

    We all “play God” all the time, usually entirely without thinking about it. We get a bit alarmed when we come upon a new area in which to do it, because suddenly we’re confronted with the fact that we’re doing it.

    As for the specifics of this particular instance, my thoughts are mixed. I can understand the parents’ feelings, but I also think people — all people — shouldn’t be quite so hell-bent on having children. (‘Tis not the season for such sentiments, I know, but.)

  2. Unicorn Says:

    I’m with JU – my thoughts are mixed.
    If there are ways to improve people’s lives, there may be some justification for “engineering”. However, dwarfism would presumably not improve this baby’s life (except in the eys of his/her mother).
    Yeah, I know — beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But, this person would need some real self-image building before going out into the world as a minority who – one might say – is not much looked up to. (I know, bad grammar, too!)
    I’m expecting a visitor in two weeks who teaches genetics and has also been very involved in the ethics of stem cell research. I certainly intend to quiz her on the subject.

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