The most common accusation is that we are 'playing God' and that it will lead to a two-tier society - the genetically haves and the have-nots. “Designer” babies would most likely be better looking, smarter, etc. This could create “classes” between designer and non-designer babies. Parents will be ‘deciding’ their children’s’ looks, behaviour and other optimum characteristics. It would be utter disregard of one’s choice. Why should someone construct my life even before I am born? A baby cannot consent to having its body altered; therefore some do not believe it is right as parents do not “own” their children. There will be homogeneity on a mass scale. Parents may use this technology for superficial purposes; such as purposely seeking out a blonde haired, blue eyed baby for appearance concerns only.
Certain concerns like for genetic diseases can be taken care by consuming nutritious food and proper dietary supplements to reduce the risk of deformed babies .The lust for an engineered offspring is due to severe competition in all spheres of life. This research endeavour is based on a conception that ones’ bodies are a tool to achieve an end. It rejects autonomous agency of individuals and their sacrosanct rights. Humans have claimed to be the most intelligent species but this kind of research opens up the fears and insecurities they harbour in themselves. We are so blinded by the idealness that we are ready to interfere with the Creation to our own peril. Lastly, imperfections are beautiful.
Written by Rishya Dharmani
"Life is not a mystery, as they say, rather it is simplicity itself. Unlearn, fail and realize the true joy."