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Designer Babies

Imagine you had two girls and wanted a boy.  What if you could simply order one?  Would you?  Take it a step further.  What if you wanted a blue-eyed boy with curly blond hair?  If you could simply order it up, would you?  One more step further:  What if you could order extra intelligence or athletic ability, to give your child a little extra advantage in life.  Would you?  Maybe it’s not so far-fetched after all.

The technology for most of that is already here, and the technology for the rest of it is on the horizon.  So what are reasonable limits, if there are any?  Right now, the technology is very expensive and difficult.  But I would think it will only get cheaper, easier, and more accessible.  As that happens, more people may opt to choose various traits.  What should we think about it?

My own suggestion would be that selecting for any of those traits puts the burden of creation on us, rather than on God.  When we start selecting the traits we want our children to have, we are setting their purpose in life.  But if we rob God of His chance to select their traits, we may also be robbing Him of the purpose he has for the child. 

At the same time, I know many parents who desperately wished they had a boy, or a girl, or whatever (I know I wanted a boy very badly).  So how far would you be willing to go in selecting the traits of your children?  I’m curious…

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  1. Brian McLaughlin
    March 10, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    What if you are able remove the gene that causes breast cancer?

  2. jlemke
    March 11, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Isn’t there a difference between healing and selecting? Breast cancer is part of the fall. Are brown eyes or lack of athletic ability part of the fall?

  3. Brian McLaughlin
    March 11, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I agree. Just wanted to see if we were on the same page. But this is important because when the technology gets more common, cheaper, etc, some (not suggesting you) will want to ban it because of a potential misuse. However, we can’t go that far because it will prevent us from using the technology for healing.

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