Just to preface, I havn't read the article, just read what people have said on here.
I can understand why a deaf couple would want to have a deaf child, purely for convenience, but to have IVF with the intention to screen for the deaf gene is disgusting. It's just a way of them playing God, and manipulating the system. Like other people have said, why not adopt? There must be hundreds if not thousands of children all over the world who need a loving family, and being looked over because they are deaf.
A sick misuse of science in my opinion.
I can see perhaps why they would want it but to seriously contemplate only accepting an embryo by the fact that it will develop into a deaf child is beyond words.
Does that mean a family with all of its members having blonde hair can choose an embryo which will develop into a child with blonde hair?!?
Can you imagine if the child asks "Why me?" The only response can be "Because we wanted you to be".
They should definititely adopt. Most hearing couples don't know sign language or ways of communicating with a deaf child so they wouldn't adopt one, therefore I'm sure there are many deaf children sitting in children's homes who would like to be adopted. It's bizarre that they would deliberately choose to limit their childs life experience by making sure that it cannot hear.
Thanks for the repsonses.
Does anyone lknow the age limit for adoption in the UK? I think they're in their 40s and wondered if they'd tried this route...
I saw a documentary about this about a year ago, dont know if it was the same people though- (it must be really, how many people are that bonkers?)
All I could think to myself is how disgustingly selfish they are, and it actually made me feel pretty angry. I really dont think it should be allowed- to intentionally create and bring into the world a baby with a disability. What Valid, justifiable reason do they have for doing it?
If its natural, and they just happened to concieve a baby that ended up being deaf thats fine as it cant be helped, but to set out to create a baby that would have a disability and could potentially struggle with that disability for the rest of its life is a little bit sick in my opinion. I for the life of me cant understand why any parent would ever, ever want to put their child in that position. Surely you want whats best for the child- I dont see how being deaf is of long term benefit?
Alot of people here are saying how it is so unfair and completely selfish to deliberately bring in a _disabled_ child into world, or something to that extent. But deaf people don't necessarily consider themselves to be disabled, just that it is one trait amongst others. They differentiate themselves to be speaking a different language, not missing something (ie the spoken language). So in a way I do understand why parents would want to have a deaf child, it would naturally belong to the same community. And after reading that article I understand their logic! If during the normal IVF-treatment eggs with the deaf-gene are automatically discarded, why couldn't they discard the hearing eggs? Why should they be discriminated against and made to be disabled, when to them their lack of hearing is natural?
Personally I think IVF should only de-select serious medical conditions, and be as natural as possible. But it is hard to draw a line into what is a serious condition enough so I won't go into that now... Haven't really thought about it.
I've known alot of deaf people (not the hearing impaired since they have both of the two worlds) that are proud of being deaf and find themselves content to their sense of belonging in the sign language community. I am not suprised to see this.
Imagine how the child would feel if when he grew up he found out that his parents actively sought to deprive him of his hearing? I do understand the parents' reasoning, but it doesn't seem right to me. Then I don't think it's right to screen embryos at all - it should be pure chance as it is with natural conception. None of this rejecting an embryo because it's deaf or choosing it for the same reason. You get what you're given, and should be happy with whatever that is.
Wow, how much will that kid resent them when it finds out the truth later in life?
wowww, if my parents were deaf i'd shout things like "my mum tries to snort bubblebath from my dads vagina!" in front of them.
Apart from what's already been argued against it, I find the parent's attitude prejudice towards those who can hear.
What's next? Choosing an embryo on the bases that the child should have blond hair and blue eyes?
I don't think screening for a disabled child is any worse or any better than screening for a non-disabled child. Personally, I'm inclined to say that no screening of this sort should be done. I certainly don't support disablist screening programmes which allow disabled/D/deaf children to be screened out, but not in.