I find this disturbing, and unbelievably fatuous, self-serving and stupid:
A MELBOURNE gay couple have travelled to the US to buy "designer twin boys" through a surrogate mother at a cost of up to $133,000. The couple ordered the two babies -- even choosing their preferred sex, male -- through US IVF pioneer Dr Jeffrey Steinberg.'Not really a gay issue'. How relieved I am (NOT and bollocks to that, of course it's a 'gay rights' issue - that's why we're reading about it). No mention of the ‘child’ in sight – as usual. Beaut’. Situation normal. Quite apart from the issue of the children, though (and quite apart from our relatively recent decision to prosecute crimes under our laws, committed in jurisdictions where these laws are not recognised and they are not crimes - gays beware - lefty 'good intentions' at work), this next part leaves a singularly nasty taste in the mouth:
. . .the two fathers yesterday defended their decision to start a family. "The issue is not really a gay issue. It's a reproductive rights issue for everybody."
Dr Steinberg said between 75 to 80 per cent of gay and lesbian couples came to him for treatment decided to choose the sex of their babies -- using the controversial IVF procedure and embryo screening known as Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis.Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis. Terrific. But why should I be bothered about that? Or, more to the point, why should they?
Each gay couple is able to choose a baby to order -- taking into account the physical characteristics and education level of egg donors, who are aged between 18 and 27.
Australian Family Association president Angela Conway said the practice was like trafficking in children.Actually, Angela, you can say the word ‘eugenics’ any time you like here, and in this context, specifically, I think that’s considerably worse.
"Many of these cases have elements of designer babies," she said.Understatement. So let’s all wonder how various people would react if someone identified a homosexual gene – and then started using 'Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis' to screen for that. . .