Yes, unless a bunch of people who they've never met make an arbitrary decision to deny them the right to marry and reproduce normally, and then use the state to physically force that decision upon them.posted by aaron at 11:21 AM on May 4, 2001
Yes and yes, as long as we continue to be a society that looks down upon those with such disabilities, or at least celebrates physical and mental perfection (especially physical). This is a world where being more than 5 pounds overweight is a major stigma, and has serious negative repercussions for you socially and career-wise; needless to say, the repercussions are even worse for someone with, say, cerebral palsy. Since we as a society do absolutely nothing to stop this discrimination and bigotry, and, indeed, usually celebrate it (hint), we as a society have no right whatsoever to tell others they can't use any means necessary to prevent their children from have to suffer the ramifications of it.
It's very, very easy to be an armchair philosopher about the supposed good that comes from allowing physical and mental disabilites to continue to exist, so long as it's somebody else with the disabilities.posted by aaron at 1:14 PM on May 4, 2001
Various explanations for these findings are discussed. It is postulated that the excess risk for alimentary atresia, like the excess risk for monozygotic twinning after IVF, is a direct consequence of the IVF procedure. The excess risk for hypospadias after ICSI may be related to paternal subfertility with a genetic background. The absolute risk for a congenital malformation in association with IVF is small.posted by aaron at 1:18 PM on May 4, 2001
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