During that same Family Scholars discussion of D.C. (donor contraception), “Johnny Moral” wrote:
But I’m up for banning it anyway. It is 10 times more likely to cause birth defects.
Unless Johnny is saying that disabled people have so much less human dignity that we should outlaw their birth altogether, I don’t understand this argument at all. (By the way, Johnny gave no source for his statistic, so I wouldn’t assume it’s correct.)
What about a married, op-sex couple which isn’t using any D.C. methods – but whose genetic heritage means that if he gets her pregnant, there will be a 10 times greater chance of birth defects than in the average pregnancy? Somehow, I doubt Johnny would favor a law banning them from having biological children together.
I think that all prospective parents should have the information they want (if any) about the chances of birth defects – and once fully informed, should be free to decide for themselves how much it matters (even if the decision they come to isn’t one I’d agree with). The government shouldn’t make that decision for them.