Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Needs no comment

I just came across this article about a mother who is having her eggs frozen in case her daughter, who has a syndrome which means she won't be able to have children naturally, wants them.

Here's the bit that proves how much we need ethics committees and politicians with a bit of backbone:

Professor Tan said... 'And ethical considerations change with time. Who knows what the ethics will be in 20 years from now.'

How's that for moral relativism?

3 comments:

Ma Beck said...

"We have to stop thinking of women only in terms of their reproductive potential.

I liked this quote very, very much.
This is bizarre, and yet another example of how modern society views pregnancy and giving birth as a 'right' to be exercised at the time of one's choosing. It's all fallout from legalized abortion. Hey, if we can choose to kill them, we can certainly choose the Frankensteinian methods with which we create them.
Children are an accessory, like a handbag, to be purchased and kept for as long as we choose, or until they become inconvenient.

Mac McLernon said...

The "yeuch" factor hit me when the report I heard said that the girl, if she chooses to use the eggs, will effectively give birth to her own sister.

newhousenewjob said...

The thing that bothers me is you're always going to get people who are in a difficult situation, maybe feel desperate, and we need a voice of reason to help them see what's... well, reasonable. However I feel about it, I can't condemn this woman for doing what she thinks is best for her child - she has reacted in the way that society has conditioned her to react, and with no motivations other than loving ones.

But for a professor who is in a position either to help people or to use them to advance her own ends to say that ethics are not a constant and you can't predict what will be ethical in 20 years' time just seems to me to be wrong. Sure, hard cases make bad law, but what was good and right 100, 1,000 or 10,000 years ago is still good and right today and still will be in 100, 1,000 or 10,000 years' time, surely.