In what may be my last post of the year (we are engaging in a weekend of jackassery), I want to post about a topic I heard about on the radio: choosing to have a disabled child. An article in the journal Fertility and Sterility discusses the number of people who choose to have children like them - especially those with dwarfism & deafness. The advances in Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis have allowed couples to sort for gender and other genetically linked conditions. I remember there was a bit of a backlash against cochlear implants, as they would make deaf children hearing, and take them out of the deaf community. Interesting topic, and I haven't been able to find information on it's legality in all countries. Any ideas? Thoughts?
Anyway, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has a very informative website. There's a page on protecting your fertility, state infertility insurance laws, fact sheets, and whole bunch of other stuff.
Well, I'm off to my jackassery. Have a happy and safe New Year.