What is Pre-Genetic Diagnosis and why the controversy??
Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) enables people with an inheritable condition in their family to avoid passing it on to their children. It involves checking the genes and/or chromosomes of embryos created through IVF.
Is PGD for me?Your specialist may recommend PGD if:
- you have ended previous pregnancies because of a serious genetic condition such as Sickel Cell.
- you already have a child with a serious genetic condition
- you have a family history of a serious genetic condition, or
- you have a family history of chromosome problems.
* "isnt it better to call off the relationship/marriage if you discover your spouse is genotype AS just like you?"
* " Isnt it wicked to willingly bring a child into this world knowing they will be sick for as long as they live?living on drugs and medications?"
* " Are you in relationship that you know you should call off?"
* "why would you as a person all in the name of love bring a child to this world that the child might die? Or what joy do you derive from burying your kids?"
PGD involves eggs from the mother to be fertilized by the sperm and the embryos are then tested to confirm if they are free of Sickel Cell...If they are free of Sickel Cell, they are inserted back in the mother's womb, but if they are Sickel Cell positive, the embryos are disposed....And here comes the controversy.....
Some people regard the disposed embryos as abortion...Is this a fair conclusion?