Over the summer, I took an English class here at Penn State and I had to write about something to do with nature or natural being. I chose to write about the idea of designer babies because it really interested me. These babies are genetically engineered and conceived through in vitro fertilization. Parents are being granted the opportunity to choose characteristics for their child of hair color, eye color, blood type, and gender. As well as, one day their child could be engineered to be the top of the class, excel in sports, and whatever else is on the parents' wish list. I would have to disagree with this issue because I do not believe in this ability to choose even if they think they are doing what is best for their child. This could lead to discrimination and inequality with the gender choice because in certain countries they want more of a certain gender such as in China with boys. Parents can try to shape their child in the way that pleases them, but in the end the child will overrule and become his or her own person. From all this research in the news, it seems that these babies have become so commercial that one day couples could be able to walk into one of these clinics and look through a brochure of what they want their child to look like.
Why is our society so focused on this idea of perfection? Parents allow themselves to undergo this procedure to continue the movement of perfection that exists in our society without allowing their child to be accepted for how they are or will become. How can parents claim to want what is best for their child when they won't let them have the choice to become who they want to be? Would it not make more sense if the parent was more concerned about if the child would be healthy rather than the change of eye color? Besides, no one in our world is perfect or ever will be because everyone is unique in their own way. If everyone is made to be the same then there would be no diversity or originality in the world. Designer babies are in no way natural, and everyone needs to realize this because our society strives on this "perfect child." A child should be one of a kind not one of the same. They should be a fruitloop in a world of cheerios; not trying to fit the standards of society.