Response to Spriggs: Is conceiving a child to benefit another against the interest of the new child?
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Journal of Medical Ethics 31 (6):343-343 (2005)
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis—the risks are unknown and human dignity could be compromisedMerle Spriggs argues that there are no good reasons to prevent a couple utilising preimplantation genetic diagnosis when the sole aim of the procedure is that the resultant child is a compatible umbilical cord blood donor for a sick sibling.1 I agree with much of the argument to support this, however, I believe Spriggs has omitted one important point and underplayed another.The risk of PGD to the child born as a result of this process has not been fully studied. Therefore the parents are exposing the child to potential …
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