Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ethics of fatherless babies

SciAm asks:
Is it ethical to use a dead man's sperm to father a child? Experts are calling for a consensus on policies surrounding this question, which currently vary widely across the country.

It has been possible for a few decades to obtain a man’s sperm after his death and use it to fertilize an egg. Today, requests for postmortem sperm retrieval (PMSR) are growing, yet the United States has no guidelines governing the retrieval of sperm from deceased men, said Dr. Larry Lipshultz, a urologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. ...

But the institutions trying to draft a protocol for these situations face a number of ethical concerns. For example, has the deceased consented to have his sperm used for reproduction after he’s gone? Could just anybody request to obtain his sperm? Is it in the best interest of the child to be brought into the world without having a father? ...

PMSR is currently illegal in France, Germany, Sweden and other countries, even with written consent from the deceased.
Millions of kids are being brought into the world without dads. Millions more are deprived of dads by the family court and other social policies. It is silly to raise a fuss about a handful of these ambiguous sperm donor cases.

Somebody should tell these ethicists to look at what the single moms are doing.

Or look at these fatherless kids:
Nine year-old twins Zea and Luna introduced President Barack Obama at the White House’s LGBT Pride Month celebration last Thursday.

The two girls took turns reading from their prepared notes:
We wrote a letter to the president last summer (they were age eight) and asked him to make some changes. First we asked him to make it harder for bad guys to get guns…(smiles and nods), second for more funding for art and libraries…and PE…(quiet nod from the president) and third, we ask the president for his support of gay marriage.(the crowd goes nuts.They erupt with hoots and screams. The president motions for calm and says “we’re almost done”) because we have two moms and they are just as good as other parents. They love us a lot.

Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States.
Children purchased at the fertility lab, now being used as political tools — just like their father, who was never a human person — used only for his sperm. If Father’s Day might hurt their feelings, I guess it’s time to quietly retire it as an old fashioned, patriarchal, sexist tradition. No men, no women, no “punishment” for Obama’s daughters’ mistakes, no father for Zea and Luna, only “planned and wanted” children — only endless love.

Obama is the ultimate anti-father, standing in a room of lesbians celebrating cold and calculated fatherlessness.
Obama still celebrates Fathers Day. The next Democrat president may not.

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