Edit-I'm prochoice-but I think IVF babies are hurting the gene pool...
reaches the egg and gets in there. It's the strongest and best swimmer.
When IVF is done, I know the doctors weed out the worst sperm,
but what are the chances that out of millions, the doctor finds the best
one? I wonder if IVF and other fertility
treatments (as well as enviroment
and many other factors) have a hand
in the increase of things like serious
allergies in our children. Again, I
would never want to take this right away from a woman or want the
procedure taken away. This was just
a discussion I had with a couple friends, one a genticist, one who
works in a high risk OB office. Am I completely off track, or does this
make sense to some of you too?
ETA-thank you ladies for all these responses! I figured I would get a lot of comments, but I never thought it would be THIS MANY! I wanted to clarify my reasons for this post...
1. I have PCOS and before trying more drastic measures I wanted to see other people's honest opinions (which makes it somewhat ironic that I got several responses bashing me for having no idea what it's like walking in an infertile woman's shoes).
2. Simple curiosity
3. MY BIGGEST REASON-
I am a student and after the above mentioned conversation with friends, I chose to make this subject the focus of my Medical Ethics paper. I didn't mention this from the begining because I wanted the most honest opinions possible (and boy did I get them!). This is also the reason I used a somewhat inflammatory title (that many commentors didn't read beyond it seems...) I wanted to
generate a good response. This discussion has given me many good jumping off points to research further, from ethics of 'designer babies' to the concept of messing with human
natural selection, the issues surrounding human guinea pigs when we lack long term results, the limits of couples with infertility and a low income, and even the female emotional response to infertility. I thank you all. No screen names or any other identifying information will be given should I choose to make a quote.
The textbook on which this course is based is called
Medical Ethics by Gregory E. Pence and I highly reccomend it to everyone who is curious about modern medical ethics and classic cases that set our standards. It includes a lot of topics like IVF, the right to die, comas, abortion, and organ transplants. Here is a link