Restrictions on Forced Eugenics
The proposal's preamble states that it should be the guardian's prerogative to decide the eventual genetic intervention on an unborn child and not the state's concern. The provisions are very simple and practical, although the first clearly outlines an exception for diseases, disabilities or disorders. While one could argue that such exceptions could lead to states removing unwanted genetic features, we believe that the second and third provisions do enough to prevent coercion of the guardian in doing so.
We want also to highlight that the at-vote proposal does not prohibit genetic modification or related scientific research. It only prohibits authorities other than the legal guardian of a child from creating incentives for or compelling a genetic modification on an unborn individual. Therefore, we recommend a vote for the resolution.
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