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The Dangers Of Commercialized Getenic Engineering How many ideas have there been in the history of mankind which were unthinkable ten years before and which when their mysterious hour struck suddenly appeared and spread all over the earth Dostoyevsky Ask any couple of child-rearing age and they will tell you how important it is to have healthy intelligent children Eugenics is defined by Jonas Robitscher in his book Eugenic Sterilization as The science of improvement of the human race by better breedingit is the Eugenicists hope to create a society in which each child would be born with vigorous health and able mind through the propagation of those with desirable traits It is safe to assume that the American culture as a whole believes that handicaps or severe aberrations in physical attributes are not ideals in procreation Many consider genetic engineering to be a worthwhile solution to these aberrations This is not such an unnatural idea and it leads to some interesting ethical questions Could genetic engineering erase deformities abolish disease and even eliminate undesirable traits This question is gaining a more resounding yes with every passing decade Geneticists now regularly advise young couples on their options concerning their children and their childrens health Doctors can now go so far as to give their clients the option between male and female children Technologies now exist that allow men and women to decide how their children will turn out Although these trends have been met with some religious contempt and undoubtedly pose some troubling ethical dilemmas they will probably continue to gain public acceptance thanks to the growing predominance of humanistic ideals in our culture As this phenomena continues to spread one must ask the question of whether these principles of selective breeding and methodical removal of undesirable traits be applied on a grander scale to improve everyones quality of life This type of intervention made perhaps by state or local governments
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