A Developing Reproductive Technique: Eggs from Sperm and Sperm from Eggs: Should This Technique be Available to Homosexual Partners?
John Howard posted a comment on the thread “Ethical Analysis:Sperm and the Pregnant Dead vs The Politics of Healthcare“
But offered a new topic for discussion as he wrote the following:
I wonder if you'd be interested in discussing the ethical issue I've been obsessed with for years now: same-sex conception, using genetically modified gametes. I see this as being the core question of the marriage debate, and think that we should be considering it right now while we debate gay marriage. If we decide to allow same-sex conception (attempting to create genetic offspring from same-sex couples), then we should allow same-sex marriage, if we don't, then we shouldn't, so that marriages continue to protect the right to conceive together with the marriage's own genes.
To get deeper into the ethics of a new potential for fertilization: creating sperm from a woman’s ovaries and creating eggs from a man’s sperm and it’s implications, I found the following in the February 2 2008 issue of NewScientist discussing the matter, particularly noting that there is an amendment pending to the British law governing fertility clinics regarding permission for invitro fertilization with sperm and cells grown in the lab. However the amendment, if passed, “excludes the use of female sperm and male eggs, outlawing same-sex reproduction and discriminating against gays and lesbians.”
The ethical issue is whether it is just for there to be discrimination in the application of this developing technique, if safe, to homosexual couples? The issue is that simple.. or is it? ..Maurice.
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