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Unit 8 Case StudyMajor agents in the case (patients, medical personnel, and others)ParentsPoliticiansFetuses aborted (because of intelligence, height)PopulationMajor facts of the case1990s negative eugenics practiced to test for major chromosomal anomalies and toreduce amount of “defective” fetuses being born.2020: standards for acceptable fetuses are raised. Parents routinely abort fetuses whoare otherwise healthy but have genes that give them significant risk of cancers,Alzheimer’s, heart disease.2030s: standards for acceptable fetuses raised even higher. Fetuses with any range of“undesirable” or “less optimal” combinations of genes were routinely aborted. Includingfetuses not predicted to be in highest quintile with respect to intelligence and height.Parents who are financially well off are helping to shape the average level of health,physical strength and stature, intellectual ability in the population, a trend that ispromoted by politicians aiming to promote national interest.Too many parents are insisting their child be in the upper quintile, causing a spiral inwhich no amount of genetic boost ever seemed enough.Major moral issue raisedWho is deciding the criteria for acceptable fetuses?

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