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It's a Rarely Used Procedure, for Now

Never wanting an exploitive IVF medical procedure to go unused, authorities in the United Kingdom are allowing three people to participate in creating an embryo.They promise it will "rarely" be used, but from experience, we know what happens when we cross lines in ethical quicksand.

Genetic modification of the embryo is like opening Pandora's Box. We have "unleashed a terrible hubris around human reproduction, mutating it into a form of manufacture," writes Wesley Smith.

Manufacturing babies is already happening in America. According to an recent article about Elton John and David Furnish's new baby, two other women were involved in making Zachary.

Besides being repugnant, tampering with human beings--making a baby from three or more people--is exploitive and risky. As we've seen, children are the ones who suffer. However, they aren't the only ones. Health-wise, egg donation is very risky, but the lure of money can be so tempting that young women put themselves at risk.

The situation was recently brought home to me. After seeing an ad in one of her college papers, one of my beloved young relatives has been contemplating egg donation. Without knowing the risks, she maintains that the money's good, and, being a tenderhearted person, she reasons she could help others have a baby.

I told her she might risk her own chances of having a child, but she quickly informed me that if that happened, she'd adopt. It's ironic that she doesn't make the connection that the couple she wants to help are the ones who ought to adopt.

Next time you hear anyone making reassuring statements about an procedure that is ethically immoral being rarely used, don't believe them. Instead, muster facts and figures. You might not persuade everyone, but at least you will have tried to stem the tide of exploitive reproductive technology and eugenics.

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