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Section Assignment 3 “The eugenics movement in the early 20 th century is often cited by bioethicists as historical evidence that supports the establishment of some constraints on parental selection of positive traits (ennabled by the technique of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) or germ-line gene therapy 1 ). But early 20 th century eugenics is nothing like today’s pre-conception positive trait selection. Therefore, the Eugenics framing in the debate over regulating PGD or germ-line gene therapy is misplaced. The Eugenics movement in the early 20 th century involved State interference with the basic liberties of certain individuals like Carrie Buck through Sterilization Laws like Virginia’s in Buck v. Bell . It would be perverse if the experience of such violations of the right to privacy (Carrie was denied any reproductive choice) – the foundation of Roe v. Wade after all – were used to justify MORE government interference with individuals’ right to privacy (preventing the reproductive choice of positive trait selection).
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Unformatted text preview: Passing new laws that constrain the use of PGD and germline engineering, therefore, would be more reminiscent of State excesses during the height of American Eugenics than NOT regulating positive trait selection.” ********************** Write a response (on 1 single spaced page) in which you either agree or disagree with this statement. You must use specific material from the reading, Buchanon et al., “Why Not the Best”, to support your answer. You should address specific claims and language of the quotation in your answer. 1 PGD and germ-line gene therapy are two techniques that enable prospective parents to select specific (positive) genetic traits for their new child. For example, parents may produce several embryos, have them all genetically sequenced, and then choose to implant (and give birth to) the one embryo that is free from all genetic diseases....
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