Douglas Milewski (dacuteturtle) wrote,
Douglas Milewski

Things in turmoil

Reproductive rights are coming up in the political field, and right now, I think that this is inevitable, if not overdue.

Here are some various subjects to attach to the debate:

- Roe v. Wade
- Morning after pill
- Availability of abortion
- Contraception
- Cloning
- Designer babies
- In-vitro fertilization
- Better pre-natal testing
- Infertility
- Divorce rate
- Gay couples adopting
- Surrogate mothers
- Tissue-matched babies
- Fundamentalism
- Reproductive rights

And more! That's a whole lot to talk about. And as medical technology gets better, there will be even more to talk about. There's always the temptation to get something made law, claim "We win," then defend you position because it's the law. (And everyone does this, by the way.) The tough but workable part is to argue this out until some sort of peace is reached, if that is possible.

For instance, is an invitro fertilized egg a human? If you refuse to implant it in a mother, does destroying it constitute murder? If a mother refuses to bear it, it that child abuse? If you test the zygot for DNA and find a predisposition to homosexuality, is it discrimination to destroy that zygote? Is it moral to tissue match your baby to your other sick child? How long can a zygot develop before you have further moral problems?

I hope that you see my point. This isn't just about abortion. It's about a full paradigm shift in what reproduction is about: start, middle, and end. Judgements in one are can easily cause unpredictable problems in other areas. What seems like a good idea can turn out short sighted. What seems like a bad idea can easily be a bad idea.

Things to think about.

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