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Do you think people with genetically inherited diseases or deformities, should have children?

Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru 2012/05/05 01:14:44
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One example would be the Gene for Tay-Sachs, or another Huntingtons Chorea?

BTW I am aware it is their right to have children, I don't dispute that.... I am asking SHOULD they. Would you?
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  • tweet_tweet 2012/05/05 01:16:30 (edited)
    ADOPT!!
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    +4
    I think it's best not to pass these genes on if they know you are a carrier. What's the point of passing it on? I'd rather adopt. There's so many children in need of homes.

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  • Iamfree 2012/05/06 06:19:41
    No they should probably re-think it
    Iamfree
    At the risk of sounding cruel, I think they should refrain from having children. Adoption is a great option.
  • KarenInKenoshaWisconsin 2012/05/05 17:56:58
    Yes they should
    KarenInKenoshaWisconsin
    Actually, it's not others' place to make such decisions, especially in such a sweeping manner.
  • Figment 2012/05/05 17:24:08
    No they should probably re-think it
    Figment
    I wouldn't have kids if I had a genetic disease.
  • toxic_phantom 2012/05/05 16:55:54
    ADOPT!!
    toxic_phantom
    if i had something and there was a chance my child could have it i would NEVER get pregnant and force the child to deal with that.
  • Rogue_Loner 2012/05/05 12:10:01
  • Robbb 2012/05/05 11:56:29
    Yes they should
    Robbb
    +1
    Yes they should. Everything that happens in the evolution of the human race heads towards perfecting it. if it cant get done directly then we will eventually bring it under control through other means. Besides people that have a genetic disorder don’t necessarily pass it on. I have rheumatoid arthritis for example but my brothers and sister don’t. I got it through my mother or perhaps it was from my grandmother on my fathers side. in any case if idea that any human that is not perfect according to r humans to be pressed forward then the gene pool would become very small indeed.
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/05/05 09:18:54
    Yes they should
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    But with counseling and genetic testing for defects.
  • Rebecca 2012/05/05 08:22:35
    No they should probably re-think it
    Rebecca
    I wouldn't.
  • D D 2012/05/05 08:09:15
    No they should probably re-think it
    D D
    It isn't fair to bring someone into the world that you KNOW is gonna suffer.
  • L1 2012/05/05 07:34:59
    ADOPT!!
    L1
    +1
    In another world, they probably be better off adopting. I do think it's unfair to take the risk to have kids that will have a disease that can hamper their quality of life. In my family, we have auto-immune disease where the females are carriers but males manifest it and my brother suffers a lot. My dad knew he had this but never disclosed this to my mom, and she later hated him for it because she loved her son but could really do nothing to alleviate his pain. I love my brother a lot and glad he's here but I feel it is unfair.
  • cellophane 2012/05/05 07:29:07
    Yes they should
    cellophane
    +1
    If we begin culling the potentially deformed children prior to conception, how long until we begin euthanizing the living deformed children?
  • Pat 2012/05/05 05:22:45
    No they should probably re-think it
    Pat
    +1
    If there is genetic testing available, they should have it. Sometimes both parents have to have the gene and pass it on in order for the child to have it too. Other than that, if they don't want to take the risk, there are always plenty of children that need good homes. I know it's not the same as carrying a child and giving birth but the rewards will be just as great when you feel the love you give him/her coming back to you ten fold.
  • MrsJJS 2012/05/05 05:13:22
    ADOPT!!
    MrsJJS
    +2
    I think knowingly passing on a debilitating disease and/or condition to a child is selfish and irresponsible.
  • Kibelle 2012/05/05 04:25:56
    ADOPT!!
    Kibelle
    ...is what I would choose. Seriously, though, it's still up to them to decide.
  • Jimbo 2012/05/05 04:19:53
    Yes they should
    Jimbo
    I wouldn't but it's totally up to them.
  • Linnster 2012/05/05 03:31:07
    No they should probably re-think it
    Linnster
    I wouldn't want to tell others what to do, but if it were me, I would not have a child if there was a chance that it would be born with a debilitating genetic disease.
  • Anthony Souls 2012/05/05 03:24:24
    Yes they should
    Anthony Souls
    +2
    Would you rather not exist if you knew that you would be blind?

    Would your blindness negate your existence and merit?

    I really doubt that you would tell God before you are born, I rather not exist ever, because I will be blind. That is just preposterous to me.

    Take care,
  • Assassi... Anthony... 2012/05/05 12:02:37
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +1
    Blind is a far cry from Tay-Sachs.
  • Anthony... Assassi... 2012/05/05 23:13:33
    Anthony Souls
    The point is, you aren't going to not want to exist because you will know that you will inherit genetic conditions. Having genetic disorders doesn't diminish your worth.

    Huntingtons Chorea is said to emerge into your 20s and 30s, that means you have 20 good years, if you fall into that category, to contribute to the world.

    And whose to say what is worst: What's worst for one person isn't what's worst for the next.

    Take care,
  • evangelism_vision 2012/05/05 03:16:22
    No they should probably re-think it
    evangelism_vision
    +1
    Think they should re think their options. Being a parent requires a lot of commitment and time. Requires a lot of responsibility as well. With Medical problems that gets in the way but hey.... it's up to them who are we to say no? It's America

    well.....at least for now
  • Peewee ~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/05 02:49:50
    ADOPT!!
    Peewee ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Why would anyone want to wish a genetic disorder to their children? Things like CF are 100% fatal.
  • Shawna 2012/05/05 02:45:12
    Yes they should
    Shawna
    +1
    On the radio today I heard about research on Huntington's done at a Canadian university that has actually lead to the ability to detect the gene for Huntington's in embryos so people can now select an embryo that is free of that gene and the disease could be phased out, thought not everyone will follow such a procedure.
  • Poet003 2012/05/05 02:36:28
    Yes they should
    Poet003
    Its their decision
  • Chris- Demon of the PHAET 2012/05/05 02:01:57
    ADOPT!!
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +1
    I would adopt. Whether they should or shouldn't is not something I can possibly answer.
  • doctorwhofan 2012/05/05 01:54:37
    ADOPT!!
    doctorwhofan
    +2
    That kinda gives the best of both worlds in that situation
  • Recruit 2012/05/05 01:53:35
    Yes they should
    Recruit
    Their life,their love....no reason for then to not raise a family
  • Blackberry 2012/05/05 01:38:38
    Yes they should
    Blackberry
    If we let blithering idiots have kids, they might as well, too.
  • flaca BN-0 2012/05/05 01:32:29
    ADOPT!!
    flaca BN-0
    +2
    It's not that clear-cut. Some diseases are inherited, but often skip a generation. But since there are plenty of orphans in the world, all countries should strive to improve adoptions by reducing the inordinately huge cost of them (around $30=50K)
  • User Deactivated 2012/05/05 01:30:21
    Yes they should
    User Deactivated
    If they want children then yes. There is no 100 percent given that their possible child wont have a wonderful life. I'm glad my parents were of that opinion as well. Otherwise I may not have been born. I remember working with an elderly lady when I was in college. Her daughter had the same defect I do, and at the time they didn't even know how to treat it. Her child died unfortunately, I am 28 and still alive and kicking. No one should dictate such things because they cannot know for sure.
  • Assassi... User De... 2012/05/05 12:04:34
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    A Child born with Tay-Sachs is 100% guaranteed to have a terrible and SHORT life
  • LAAD Gunner - USMC 2012/05/05 01:25:15
    Yes they should
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +1
    No one should ever deny them the right to be able to have kids, they should always have the right to if they wish. However for people like that it probably wouldn't be the worst idea not to have kids of their own and just adopt.
  • Mz Understood 2012/05/05 01:23:15
    ADOPT!!
    Mz Understood
    +1
    If it was ME (only basing it on ME and no one else) I would adopt. I, personally, would rather not take a chance of passing down any serious health problems I have.
  • Sister Jean 2012/05/05 01:22:50
    ADOPT!!
    Sister Jean
    +2
    many need a family
  • EliteAmongOutcasts 2012/05/05 01:22:14 (edited)
  • tweet_t... EliteAm... 2012/05/05 02:55:46 (edited)
    tweet_tweet
    +1
    Ok, I agree everybody should have the legal freedom to reproduce; that is not to say that I think they should. The disorders that you point out are not genetically inherited - HIV and Downs Syndrome. What do think about ALS, Huntingtons, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia? I am curious since this is your background. I just don't see the point of knowingly passing on these genes, even if a lot of descendants may only be carriers.
  • EliteAm... tweet_t... 2012/05/06 02:08:35
  • stevmackey 2012/05/05 01:17:51
    Yes they should
    stevmackey
    They are the people that have to make that decision. Thai is not Nazi Germany.
  • Assassi... stevmackey 2012/05/05 12:07:47
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    Read the two sentences in the Opinion section. NO ONE SUGGESTED IT WASN'T THEIR RIGHT. Have an opinion. This isn't nazi Germany.
  • stevmackey Assassi... 2012/05/06 04:01:34
    stevmackey
    You missed the point. I said that it was up to them. Referring to Germany meant how they would experiment with anyone they considered abnormal or not Arian.
  • tweet_tweet 2012/05/05 01:16:30 (edited)
    ADOPT!!
    tweet_tweet
    +4
    I think it's best not to pass these genes on if they know you are a carrier. What's the point of passing it on? I'd rather adopt. There's so many children in need of homes.

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