Brave New World:Designer Babies

Did you know that there is an online dating service for Beautiful people? http://www.beautifulpeople.com/index/en

In order to become a member you have to be voted in by members. The criteria for membership?   Members vote on whether or not they think that the applicant is beautiful.  But hey it is democratic!

For a Christian, true beauty is not just skin deep. All human beings are created by God in the image and likeness of God.  The human body, is indeed wonderful and sacred, but the Church warns that respect for the body can be taken to extremes:

“If morality requires respect for the life of the body, it does not make it an absolute value. It rejects a neo-pagan notion that tends to promote the cult of the body, to sacrifice everything for its sake, to idolize physical perfection and success at sports. By its selective preference of the strong over the weak, such a conception can lead to the perversion of human relationships.” (CCC #2289)

But it gets worse. Beautifulpeople.com has just released a press release. (Hey I go down these rabbit holes so you don’t have to).

NEW YORK, June 21 /CHICAGOPRESSRELEASE.COM/ — www.BeautifulPeople.com, the dating site with a strict ban on ugly people, has launched a virtual sperm and egg bank for people who want to have beautiful babies.

The Beautiful Baby service – which is also available to non-members – was created for people who want to maximize their chances of having good looking children.

Managing director Greg Hodge said: “BeautifulPeople.com has launched a fertility introduction service to help members and non-members alike procreate.  There are no financial benefits for us in doing so – we are simply responding to a demand for attractive donors.  Every parent would like their child to be blessed with many fine attributes, attractiveness being one of the most sought after.  For a site with members who resemble Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie you can imagine the demand.”

Founder Robert Hintze added: “Initially, we hesitated to widen the offering to non-beautiful people.  But everyone – including ugly people – would like to bring good looking children in to the world, and we can’t be selfish with our attractive gene pool.”

Since its creation in 2002, BeautifulPeople.com has become the world’s largest community of beautiful people with over 600,000 members from 190 countries.

Read more here: http://chicagopressrelease.com/press-releases/beautifulpeople-com-launches-virtual-sperm-bank

Wow how benevolent of them.  They decided out of the goodness of their um beautiful hearts to allow “ugly people” to have access to beautiful DNA.  Aren’t they special.  meh.

Brave New world: we are there. I wrote about this earlier. You can find the post here: .  http://adeaconswife.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/brave-new-word-children-as-products/

I have nothing but compassion for couples who bear the heavy cross of infertility. I can understand how faithful Catholics might be tempted by the promise of morally prohibited fertility treatments such as In Vitriol Fertilization.

But to consciously decide to design your child based on certain criteria, beauty, intelligence, athletic ability e.g., is just beyond the pale.

In Sacred Scripture, children are gifts and a sign of God’s blessing. Increasingly, in our brave new culture, children are products designed and produced by scientists and technicians.

If most future children, due to genetic selection and/or manipulation, are all potentially perfect, how will that affect people who are not so beautiful, intelligent, athletic, or powerful?

Will the less than perfect be marginalized? Discriminated against?

Sometimes I wonder what God was thinking when, out of absolute love, he gave us free will.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry and I have been married 39 years. But the deacon’s wife gig is a new twist. Larry was ordained in August of 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren. The oldest grandchild is ten and the youngest is three. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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3 Responses to Brave New World:Designer Babies

  1. Thank you for posting on this issue.

  2. Susan Kehoe says:

    Rebecca,
    Thank you for being a politician who brings her faith into the public square. You are brave.
    God Bless,
    Susan

  3. Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular article! It’s the little changes that make the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing!|

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