Imagine you are a parent of an ill child who has a serious medical condition and is dying

Imagine you are a parent of an ill child who has a serious medical condition and is dying, and their only chance of survival is to discover an almost perfectly-matched blood or marrow donor for a transplant. Now, envision you have been told there is a medical practice called Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) that will grant you, as parents, the opportunity to conceive another child that will be an almost perfect blood match to your dying child and will give you the chance to save your child’s life. You are now left with a decision to make: save your child’s life or keep them comfortable and loved until they pass away prematurely. Although many might choose to let their child pass away in a relaxed setting with their loved ones around them, I would choose to undergo the pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and give my child another chance at life.
This case came true for the Nash family when their daughter, Molly Nash, was born with Fanconi Anemia, which is an incurable genetic condition. As a result of having this condition, Molly’s body was incapable of creating enough blood cells. As the parent, in this case, I would choose to undergo the pre-implantation genetic diagnosis just as the Nash family did due to the fact that its pros overshadow its cons. For example, the procedure will allow me to screen an embryo, which will decrease the probabilities of me conceiving a child that will be affected by a genetic or chromosomal disorder, and thus, allowing me the opportunity to protect my future children from facing the same horrible fate. Furthermore, not only am I protecting my future children, but I am also able to save my child from dying by collecting the cord blood from the umbilical cord at birth and transplanting it into my sick child in order to replace the failing bone marrow. In my opinion, by undergoing the procedure, I would receive two blessings. To further explain, the procedure would not only allow my child a chance to live, but it would also bless me with another child who is healthy. In my eyes, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis is a gift that should be utilized to benefit families who are desperate to save their child’s life.
In addition to the reasons why to undergo pre-implantation genetic diagnosis that I previously mentioned, there is also the Bible. In the Bible, I believe people can seek information if they are feeling as though the pre-implantation genetic diagnosis is morally wrong and need to feel better about undergoing the procedure. For instance, Psalm 127:3-5 parents can read, “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. 4Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” Based on that scripture, I believe that God is telling us that children are gifts and that we are blessed to have them. Thus, I believe that since children are gifts that are given to us, we should do anything to protect my child.
With all this being said, having a child through pre-implantation genetic diagnosis might have consequences as well. To further explain, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis cost of the procedure is very expensive as well as very time-consuming. In addition to being expensive and time-consuming, there is also a chance pre-implantation genetic diagnosis could cause psychological issues on the child who was made to save his or her sibling. To clarify, the child who was conceived to save their sibling could believe their only purpose for living was to save their sibling; thus, making them feel like they will never be a part of the family. Despite this, I trust that if the family had the money for the procedure and were willing to love each child equally, there would be no issue with the pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.
In a world where my child was dying of a deadly medical condition, and I was given a choice to stop it by utilizing pre-implantation genetic diagnosis or watch as my child passes away when they had so much life to live, I would choose to undergo the procedure. I would choose to go through with the procedure because I feel as though children are gifts from God, and we should protect them if we are given the chance. Moreover, I feel like it is my responsibility as a parent to save my future children from. In short, I believe that pros of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis surpass the cons and that if I was given the chance to save my child, I would take it.