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Unformatted text preview: Meredith Fulton ENGL102 McMahand January 15, 2008 A Baby like Me: The Ethics of IVF Genetic Defect Babies In a society where Darwins idea of survival of the fittest is practiced in all aspects of life, in vitro fertilization (IFV) has made blaring headlines since it was introduced in the 1970s. Renowned author Philip Elmer-Dewitt once addressed the natural process of reproduction by stating that, ...there was only one way to make a baby, at least for humans. Either it worked or it didnt, and if it didnt, there was little anyone could do about it. While test tube babies are wonderful surprises to a couple cursed with infertility, producing deformed children from in vitro cells is absurd, uncouth, and above all, unethical. It does not seem logical to deprive a perfectly healthy embryo from having the chance to live a healthy life. Will a child doomed to a life of dwarfism or deafness ever have the ability to regain their normalcy later in life? No. A physically deprived child will have to live in a modern society that prides normalcy later in life?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Frost during the Spring '07 term at UNC.
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