Interesting Quiz Question
Posted by Michael Dickens on June 25, 2009
I was taking a political quiz when I came across this interesting question.
People with serious inheritable disabilities should not be allowed to reproduce.
This was the first question that I really had to think about. I thought it was interesting enough to post here.
This issue seems similar to abortion: should a genetically disabled mother be allowed to choose to reproduce, or should she be forced not to for the sake of her children? Though it differs somewhat: reproduction does not only cause suffering for her children, but it degrades the gene pool. It is our responsibility to uphold the integrity of the gene pool, as genes are the units of natural selection (I’m in the process of reading The Selfish Gene) and are therefore vital. I agree with the quoted statement, because it is for the good of the populus that genetically disabled individuals not be allowed to reproduce. And for their own satisfaction, they can always adopt. Adoption is always helpful.