Moral Standing On Sperm/Egg Donation Essay
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There is a wide and comprehensive debate about the moral disposition of conceiving children by methods of egg and sperm donation by individuals for many reasons involved. The question that creates doubts in the minds of people ranges from the ethical and moral values of this process to its religious aspect as well.
The discussion can go in many ways if we look at the religious aspect that’s some people consider, solely. Firstly if the moral standing of this process of conception is considered, it is believed that the birth of a child, the creation of it is only in the hands of God and any artificial means of conceiving it is immoral and against the rules of Nature, since it is possible that God would not want the child to have come into the world, or to have the desired characteristics of intelligence, good health or anything else that it achieves with this process of conception. On the other hand, maybe after all it is what Nature would have wanted all along; the child to have come into the world through this very process.
Then rises the ethical issue of this practice of reproduction. According to the religious outlook, is it even permissible for a woman to carry the sperm of a man who is not her wedded husband? If the marriage is a relation where a husband and wife are in wedlock only to create together what has been destined for them, then how can they conceive a child who is not their own piece of flesh. Secondly, the destiny of the child who will be going out at the hands of strangers is also at possible risk, since whatever is created, it has a certain responsibility for safekeeping of the unborn child lies in the hands of those making it.
Another alarming issue is that of the child growing up by such methods, later in life ending up finding their parents on the internet since he is she is too confused by their heritage and unusualness in the society they currently live in. A majority of sites online help donors to meet their biological children, and this can be a very psychologically troubling and emotionally turbulent process for them. This further questions the morality of sex cell donations.
Since this has now become a business in the developed countries of the world, the treatment of something so precarious and sensitive such as using one’s sperm or egg to produce a living being can be detrimental to the society’s ethical values. The cost and expense of this process are the whole new dimension. Never has the process of sperm or egg donation been a cheap or affordable one, since finding a desired donor with the desired traits for the child is much time consuming and those going for it have to suffer from heavy bills. Also, the process is linked heavily to responsibility and heavily checked means of regulating and distributing the sperm or egg of the donor to the targeted people, since there can be corrupted use of these or irresponsibility can lead to harming consequences. There are also no limitations as yet to the desired characteristics of the child that a person requires, which means that they can go on for a long time until they can find the picture perfect donor for their picture perfect child.
It is moral for people to donate sperms and eggs for helping infertile couples fulfill their dream of having a child and living as a family, however if it is purely done to achieve a flawless human being and wishing to create a child, thinking to supersede the traits that Nature would have given him, then this process is surely immoral. Done for the right reasons, it can promote well-being in society.