Category bioethics

Sad on Two Levels

RU-486 is now administered via teleconference.  Isn’t this the logical and inevitable outcome of the belief that there’s nothing added to a conversation by being in the same room with a person? It takes something like abortion counseling and administration to shake us from our unquestioned reliance on technology to do the hard work of […]

Science Fiction…or Mad Scientist?

A fertility doctor recently announced that his methods will allow parents to select traits like eye color. The story is misleading, though. Note that he’s using pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, the procedure that enables him to screen embryos he’s already created in vitro. So, embryos with “undesirable” traits like Down syndrome can be “discarded” (killed). Now, […]