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Should Human Eggs Be Sold?
Should the sale of human eggs be banned? This and other etical questions raised by the advance medical science in solving fertility problems is addressed by the Boggart Bloggers in their usual irreverent style.

Should Human Eggs Be Sold?
by Ian R Thorpe
2010-03-26
CREATIVE COMMONS: Attribute, non commercial, no derivs.
KEYWORDS: human-egg-trade-designer-babies-fertilization-embryo-science-medical-ethics-humour-humor-satire

As the advances in medical science and the demand for designer babies advance hand in hand the ethical debates surrounding in - vitro fertilisation and genetic engineering look set to rage for many years to come.

On one side the people who want to play God are asking "Is it fair to let nature take its course with possibly tragic consequences for the child when a well judged intervention can guarantee a good, if standard outcome?"

For the other side the nature lobby ask "Can it be right to meddle with genes when the gene that determines susceptibility to a terrible hereditary disease might also be the gene that would bestow an outstanding talent as a musician, writer or scientist? Global acclaim and early death from a rare genetic disorder versus decades of mediocrity. Do you have the right to decide on behalf of another?

Can we make the decision for the unborn child that it is better for the world to have another anonymous and undistinguished economic unit who will live to age 80 rather than another Mozart of Keats who will die young but continue after death to enrich the lives of millions? May we be sure that child would thank us for the extra forty or fifty years of undistinguished life? This is one of the great conundrums the unravelling of human DNA has posed.

Another concern about this area of science is the opportunities it offers for governments of a certain political tendency to eliminate short, dark haired, slightly swarthy types from the population (they're just jealous because we do so well with the opposite sex) or to prevent from procreating imbeciles, people with one leg shorter than the other, people with a stammer, and anyone whose eyebrows meet in the middle or to exterminate those with both legs shorter than the other or whose eyes meet in the middle.

Perversely the strongest supporters of developing such techniques are the people who shout loudest about banning political movements of the extreme right. Still who gives a Goebells about politics.

Another current controversy on the ethical implications of designer babies centres on the questionable ethics of selling human eggs. Should this trade be allowed or not?

Boggart Blog is happy with the sale of human eggs but we would like to think all our readers will only buy eggs from free range women.

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