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The Ethics of Stealing Skin Cells

by Staff

Tags: sperm, reproductive technology, bioethics, family,

The idea that women can be both mommies and daddies has caused disapproving clucking lately among bioethicists. The Daily Telegraph reports on the horrified imaginings of some ethics experts that a woman could simply snatch the shed skin of an illustrious man or create sperm from her own bone marrow to engineer her kids. Even if this type of assisted reproduction was acceptable for infertile couples, some bioethicists find it reprehensible that same-sex couples or single people would partake. Sounds like they not realize that the definition of family has expanded in the last half-century to include more models than the heteronormative, nuclear one.

Lisa Gulya