WHEN PARENTS CAN CHOOSE TO HAVE THE “PERFECT” CHILD: WHY FERTILITY CLINICS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO REPORT PREIMPLANTATION GENETIC DIAGNOSIS DATA

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lddamiano@gmail.com

Abstract

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a procedure used to screen embryos for certain genetic conditions before implantation via in vitro fertilization (IVF) so the desired embryos can be chosen for implantation. The procedure was originally used to prevent the birth of children with deadly genetic disorders, but it is now used for more controversial reasons, such as to select for sex. Limited information is available regarding how PGD is used in the United States and there are many ethical concerns surrounding the practice of PGD, most notably that it could lead to the creation of designer babies and eugenic practices. This Note proposes amending a federal act to require fertility clinics to report PGD data through an existing web-based system. This data can then be used by policymakers to federally regulate PGD practices.

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