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Michael Trestman Prenatal Screening Is it right for parents to selectively abort or to select from in vitro embryos? Is it permissible?  Obligatory? Diseases (Tay Sachs?  PKU?  Down Syndrome?  Sickle cell? Dwarfism?  Congenital  blindness/deafness?): Yes:  Utilitarian argument—less suffering No:  always wrong to kill fetuses/in vitro embryos (are there morally relevant  differences)?   X factor:  What is the moral status of a fetus or embryo?   Designer Babies: Yes: Utilitarian argument—we’d all be happier if everyone was pretty and  smart Analogy with good education, nutrition: why not get your child the best of  everything (including genes)?  Maybe parents actually have the  obligation  to make designer babies if they can… No: There’s just something creepy or ‘unnatural’ about it… Damages child’s potential for self-determination. Social worries: discrimination against non-designer babies; discrimination  against designer babies Harm to embryos. -whether or not it is right to do so, does the mother have the 
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This note was uploaded on 03/23/2011 for the course PHI 15 taught by Professor Dworkin during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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