Wanted: Another deaf child

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on March 9, 2008

Here’s a story in the UK Guardian about a deaf couple who have a deaf daughter. They now want a second child, but because of the mother’s age (she’s in her early 40’s) they think they may need to resort to IVF – most likely because of maternal age, she will need an egg donor. And they want to design/select for deafness. However, the UK law requires that “only the good embryos” can be implanted – which means no deaf children.

“The government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) bill, scheduled to go through the Commons this spring, will block any attempt by couples like Garfield and Lichy to use modern medical techniques to ensure their children are deaf.”

Strange times we live in thanks to reproductive technology gone wild in a world that champions reproductive rights, choice and autonomy. No moral tether at all.

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