BTW, Speaking about justice…

PGD, Parfit’s Non Identity & Critical Perspectives

Posted on: April 12, 2010

Reading up on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnostic (PGD) and the emphasis on individual choice, I started thinking about how free choice is not free at all for the mother. Upon diagnosis of abnormality in the fetus, her choice to continue or abort pregnancy is very much influenced by cultural, social and economic pressures. 

Thinking about giving life to a future generation, I refer back to Derek Parfit’s Non Identity Problem. If parents can make reproduction choices based on genetics and human biotechnology, then the person who should have existed will not exist, and therefore the parent is not responsible for anything but the new person’s course of life. — Which is determined by existing cultural, social and economic norms in a particular time and space. 

So instead of regulating new human biotechnological applications, why have there been very little effort to challenge the current values? Why do we value “normality” more than diversity? Why have we not challenged our own definition of a good life? Why do we exclude those who are different? 

-Lishia Erza


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