Designer kids?

Rob Stein’s story in today’s Washington Post revives allof my old misgivings about donor sperm, donor eggs and the fertility industry in general. Parenthood, it seems to me, is an in for a dime in for a million kind of deal. If you’ve decided you are ready, you need to be ready for anything.

Stein quotes Mark A. Rothstein, a bioethicist at the University of Louisville in Kentucky as saying: “We’re increasingly treating children like commodities. It’s like you’re ordering a computer from Dell: You give them the specs, and they put it in the mail. I don’t think we should consider mail-order computers and other products the same way we consider children.”

I fnd myself in general agreement. I also wonder what effect the fertility industry has on the adoption rate.

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