Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Monday, October 22, 2012

31 for 21: Abortion and NBC

I barely posted this morning post on abortion in Judaism, and my husband sends me this link.  NBC Today chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman is quoted,
“I think the future will be such that you’ll find out that your child may have a genetic hit. You can fix that genetic problem, and improve your chance, a child’s chance…”

Abortion is not a treatment or a cure for any disease or condition.  Abortion does not "fix" a problem, it eliminates the individual presenting with it. Treating it in this fashion is a slippery slope with many potential unintended consequences, ranging from gender selection (which already happens extensively in many parts of the world) to reducing genetic diversity in our population, possibly resulting in harmful downstream effects which cannot be predicted.  Let's say we identify a gene for juvenile diabetes, and "cure" diabetes by aborting all fetuses with that genotype.  What other features would be lost as a result? To what extent would people be desensitized to postpartum euthanasia if the baby comes out "imperfect"? This is a huge pandora's box, even if the premise of pro-choice is granted (which I do!).

With great power comes great responsibility.

What do you think?

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