The term “designer baby” is used by journalist and media to refer to a baby whose genetic makeup had been artificially selected by genetic engineering combined with in vitro fertilization to make sure there is a presence or absence of particular genes or characteristics (Designer Baby, n.d.). Before, designer babies have been used to prevent genetic defects of offspring or to prevent a child from a number of mutations and diseases. Now, with our advancements in reproductive technologies, doctors are taking this to a whole new level by using genetic diagnosis or PGD to design their patient’s idea of a “perfect baby.” In this paper I will discuss the reasons why I’m against the idea of designer babies.
Genetically Engineering A Designer Baby
Imagine going to a hospital and ordering a baby, just like you order a meal at your favorite fast food restaurant: “Hi, can I have a girl in the model category. Straight brown hair, brown eyes, and a bronze tan. Actually, make that green eyes, instead of brown and make her hair a little wavy, but not too wavy. Medium stature is fine, with a fit body type. Oh yeah, can you make sure that she'll have perfect white, straight teeth too. And that will do it!” Sounds a little ridiculous doesn't it? Well believe it or not, designing your idea of a “perfect” baby may be completely normal in the next few years because of the highly advanced reproductive technologies out there today. Some would argue that being able to genetically design their own child would be a blessing but here are my reasons why I think the idea of designer babies isn’t just morally and ethically wrong, but could eventually lead to the possibility of controlling the human population to ensure certain physical characteristics.
On March 3, 2009 an organization called Fertility Institutes offered what journalists call “designer babies” (Designer Babies: Parents can Select Physical Traits, 2011). The technology they use is called preimplantation genetic...