how seeing an embryo as a person could (is) get in the way of healthier people
Interesting article. I'm going to go out on a limb now. I'll tread carefully, if I can.
Eugenics, I feel, comes with a whole lot of baggage - not least the Nazi version that was tied in with a program of disposing of the people currently alive who had the "problems" that they wanted to eradicate.
We are generally agreed that there are some conditions it is not good to have. Cancers, for example. But we also put in place a lot of adjustments for those with disabilities: prosthetics and voiceboxes, for example. But why are we doing that, if not to remove (as far as possible) the particular detriment caused by that disability
In other words, we are saying "this person would be better if they did not have this disability". And so we push hard as we can to restore sight, cure spinal injury, reverse dementia....basically, to make everyone as healthy and abled as possible.
And yet....when we have a chance to eliminate all the defets BEFORE birth, it becomes the Worst Thing Ever. Suddenly, we WANT as many people as possible born with defects or disabilities, that we will then spend huge amounts of resources trying to correct back to "normal".
To me, it seems bonkers. And for the vast majority, we're not talking about people who would love their children less for being disabled, or would choose no children at all. We're talking about people who want the very best for their children healthwise, same as (once born) they would take them to the doctor when they get sick to make them as healthy as possible.
Where it all comes unstuck, of course, is in the contention that to eliminate a week-old embryo in favour of another is just the same as wanting to kill a 40-year old who loses a leg. To my mind, its not - its nowhere near. And its only the unproven religious hangovers that we have "souls" that raises the question, so far as I can see. (Even then, where's the problem? If the soul is inserted at conception, then god disposes of tens of times more unborn souls than man ever would or could. What's a few more or less?)
As Jdawg points out, if we're REALLY concerned about the potential lives that die after just a few weeks, then why aren't we pumping billions into making sure that miscarriages never happen? We aren't - so we're not REALLY concerned with the potential life at all, the real concern is over the humans who sometimes make the choice to do the thing that happens tens of times more often naturally. It's not about the potential lives, its about the bearers of those lives.
And equally, if its about the potential lives, then we'd see vastly more pumped into education, and social programs, and welfare, so that those poor potential lives can have a far better shot at their ACTUAL lives. Stop putting your time and money towards anti-abortion, put it all towards the local nursery provisions, or the local child protection agencies. On balance, it'll make the world a far better place.
Hmmm. My stream of consiousness has taken me all over the shop there. Hope you found it interesting even if you disagreed with every word. Thanks for staying on board.