20 January 2007

It isn't going to bring him back

While I understand the parents need here, to hold on to some vestige of their son's life... this still seems wrong...

The lawyer of an Israeli couple who won the right to use their dead son's sperm to inseminate a woman he never met says the case is a boost for family rights.

The dead man, soldier Keivin Cohen, was killed in the Gaza Strip in 2002.
No mention of the legal status of the "donor uterus" in all of this... and I wonder, rightly or wrongly, what sort of expectations the grandparents are gonna be placing on this child.

Call me old-fashioned, but I think every child has the right to be born into a family whose primary motivation is that, well... they wanted a closely-knit loving family. It seems that this baby is going to be the equivalent of a spare part, a field replaceable unit if you will, for some entire other human being.

I don't know about "family rights"... but this seems like a boost for irresponsible use of technology.

Talk about burdened from birth.

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