The we often have no choice but to make

The argument that
changing an embryo to prevent birth defects in unborn children without their
consent is an anthem of conservative pro-life groups (Foht, 2015). However, we
make decisions about our children’s future everyday as a society and as
individuals and we often have no choice but to make decisions on their behalf because
our children are too young to give consent or because they don’t exist at all. Anyone
that entertains the idea of having children with someone else is, by
definition, participating in germline editing. These groups also hold the belief
that tampering with an embryo’s DNA is somehow playing God and tearing the
family unit apart by usurping the bond of unconditional love between parent and
child. By dictating what parents can and cannot do with their own reproduction
is a form of eugenics in itself. The natural birth process for humans has a 6
percent chance of a child being born with a birth defect. That is 7.9 million
children a year born with birth defects, a rate that would not gain approval
for human use if it had been invented rather than a natural part of our biology
(Harris, 2016). Blocking parents from using everything at their disposal to
ensure the birth of a healthy child and forcing them to make the choice between
terminating the pregnancy or caring for a child that is developmentally
disabled, is both a cruelty emotionally and financially that begs the question,
who is actually playing God here?

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