Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: In their Commentary on preimplantation
diagnosis,1 Drs Towner and Loewy state that
this new technology raises new ethical questions. In reality it raises an
older and much more troubling question: "What kinds of people ought to reproduce?"
Historical judgment of 20th-century experiences with eugenics and forced sterilizations
make it almost impossible to ask, much less answer, this question.2 The slippery slope that Towner and Loewy find themselves
upon reminds us why this is the case.
Charuvastra T. Societal Involvement in Prenatal Diagnosis. JAMA. 2002;287(20):2654-2655. doi:10.1001/jama.287.20.2652