Recent press releases are filled with ethical questions that may soon be associated with our ability to obtain the genetic information of an unborn child in methods currently not available. At this time, genetic information, such as the increased risk of Down’s Syndrome and other genetic anomalies, is obtained only atÂ risks tooÂ great to justify random testing. Â
But what if that risk was reduced significantly through sampling of the mother’s blood–an relatively easy process? Then the amount of genetic information obtainable may be virtually limitless. This would include not only genetic information concerning Down’s Syndrome and birth defects but also genetic information much less important like the propensity for baldness, eye color, and sexual orientation. I don’t truly believe that, but that is what the “experts” are postulating.
The greatest concern is what would the CDC, WHO,Â or other government agencies responsible for public health and welfare do with that information? Would we be abortingÂ the female fetus as they do in China?Â Will those agencies be pushing for elimination ofÂ the unbornÂ that are at increased risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease, or colon cancer? Â After all, these do increase the costs of healthcare for the generations ahead.
It’s kind of scary isn’t it? Think about these issues. Pray about these issues. Vote about these issues.