Children by Order
Having children is no longer a lottery. Science and medicine can address almost every need, and pretty much everything can now be calculated and controlled. But should all these new possibilities be permitted?
Those who ardently long for their own child can be helped quite easily, irrespective of their relationship status or circumstances. Modern reproductive medicine is now in a position to help us fulfil our every desire.
Eva Maria Bachinger pleads a case for openly debating all the ethical and moral issues surrounding reproductive medicine and IVF before liberalising our laws and casting all our time-honoured taboos to the wind. Do we really all have a right to a child, or are we just satisfying a consumer need — if we take for granted that we can buy anything, why stop at children? Does it boil down to a question of commodification? Now that everything is available to those who can afford it, where do we draw the line?
We have no right to children, but every child has rights from birth.