(Closed) Baby from a catalog.. would you do it?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Would you select your baby's features?
    Yes, I'd like to : (10 votes)
    11 %
    No, I don't think's a good idea : (42 votes)
    47 %
    Maybe just try to prevet a disease. : (37 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I could see using it to make sure your children aren’t effected by disease. I could also see people using it for gender selection. I wouldn’t do it, but I could understand why someone would. As far as hair and eye color that just seems like it’s going to far.

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Pretty sure I saw a movie about this once… Gattaca.

    I’m DEFINITELY opposed to it. I’m kinda weird about genetic/IV advancements anyways just b/c I feel that when we as humans get to much knowledge we tend to do more harm than good.

    I think if this was really done (or in the future when it is) it won’t be good. =/

    I wouldn’t want to do it, but then (kinda like the movie) having a child naturally without using this almost puts the child “behind” the rest from the very start b/c they aren’t “genetically” top pick.

    I think it would force parents to feel like they’d HAVE to do it for the best for their child.

    hmmmmm

    ETA: Even using it just for the “disease” omition would mean that naturally conceiving a child would go out the window… we’d HAVE to do IVF for conception. What about parents that would want to do it just with “fun” time?….

    Post # 6
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Personally, I’m not a fan. I like a good ole fashion mix of whatever Mom and Dad have to offer. People can change their eye color with contacts, dye their hair, and use plastic surgery to alter their body shape. You can work hard to be athletic and study hard to be “smart”. I think choosing the stuff for the offspring is incredibly selfish and purely parent oriented.

    I’m also talking stricty about looks and abilities , not genetic diseases.

     

    Post # 7
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I could see using it to make sure your children aren’t effected by disease.

    But choosing physical features and abilities is taking things too far, IMO.

    Post # 9
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Also there is the whole nature versus nurture debacle. I think even without an “artist” gene or whatever, you could still be phenominal, and vice versa. You could pick the “artist” gene and enroll your child in baseballl and he may never pick up a paintbrush. Are genes really driving people to do things?

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I absolutely would not meddle like that. Screening for diseases I can understand but to choose such details seems like overkill.

    Have you ever seen Gattaca?

    Post # 11
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @SpecialSundae: Is Gattaca it a show or a documentary?

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    From what I understand the only ways this is possible right now is through IVF.  Basically, the doctors will dispose embryos with certain genetic deficincies in order to boost the success rate of a healthy, term pregnancy. 

    ETA:  And I see I repeated what you said, lol.  Theoretically speaking, if this became an option, I’d be open to doing it for medical conditions only, not for physical features.

    Post # 13
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @Eva Peron: It’s a movie with Ethan Hawke.. pretty good… and scary if it came true =/

    Post # 16
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I am super against this. 

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