Embryo screening is wrong
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#1 Genetic diseases are destructive, painful, and debilitating
Children born with cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy can end up suffering for prolong periods of time or dying young. Even if a genetic condition remains inherently treatable, this by no means guarantees that such a condition could be curable. Not only can physical injuries produce tangible pain, but they can also produce psychological suffering. Genetic diseases or defects often lead to long cycles of depression.
#2 The slippery slope is not so slippery
Believing that screening for genetic disease triggers a eugenics crisis ignores the fundamental difference between eugenics programs and modern screening procedures --namely, that eugenics have always been racially motivated and very arbitrary. Science can now dictate what genes constitute as harmful in a non-biased, objective way. Since embryologists know how to screen for 170 different genetic diseases, the chance of eliminating a beneficial mutation looks very slim.
Against your second point: Of course it will develop a eugenics crisis, embryo screening will become more accessible and I pretty sure it will develop into been able to choose your traits. It happened with plastic surgery which was initially meant for repairing injuries, now there is plastic surgery clinics have opened up so people can "look more attractive". In February 2009, a fertility clinic in Los Angeles tried to offer selection of hair and eye color but retracted the offering in the face of public backlash. Embryo screening is WRONG.
The parents have the right to decide, especially if a GD means they are unwilling or unable to care for that child well into his adult life or if they believe that pain experienced will lead to poor quality of life. Also, killing an embryo is not the same as killing a human being, as the latter can experience a whole range of complicated emotions, feelings, and desires that embryos cannot. An embryo also does not experience pain.
You clearly haven’t established a coherent argument for slippery slope, probably in part because you’ve limited speeches to a superficial 1,000 characters. You can’t just blankly assert another medical slippery slope and then say the two are the same if you clearly haven’t fleshed out all the details. The law could establish a clear moral brightline between eliminating an embryo because of GD and destroying it for phenotype. Also, genetic engineering is clearly different from embryo elimination, and you haven’t yet broached why the screening itself is wrong.
“Heartless?” Heartless is a Roman Catholic couple from Great Britain who carried a pregnancy to term despite having discovered the fetus carried the GD Potter’s syndrome, an overwhelmingly lethal and painful disease where the kidneys do not develop in utero. The infant lived for less than an hour, spending her entire, short life in agony. Never mind that terminating an embryo would mean no pain or fear, unlike what that poor child experienced. Gene therapy cannot grow kidneys or correct malformed limbs.
Genetic engineering remains so far off from our technological capabilities and cultural ethos it’s almost laughable that you would suggest a eugenics nightmare lies on the horizon. Of course, you never addressed the fact that the law can prevent this, and the two are clearly different as selfishness motivates engineering and mercy motivates the other. You still never addressed the embryo screening in itself; it’s not inherently wrong.
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Vote Placed by Geogeer 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro is arguing why acting on the genetic screening is wrong, not so much as to why the screening itself is wrong. As such while I agree with the arguments that Pro makes, they are not about the topic at hand. Likewise con never really addresses the topic. However, since pro instigated the debate and the debate is definitive in nature "Embryo screening IS wrong" the BOP falls on Pro. Points Con for arguments.
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