Russell S. Woodbridge

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FIRST-PERSON: Preempting God’s design?

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--Should parents intentionally ensure their child is born with a defect? According to a survey of fertility clinics conducted by Johns Hopkins University’s Genetics and Public Policy Center, three percent of clinics reported that embryo screening, or preimplantation genetic diagnosis, has been used for precisely this purpose –- deliberately choosing a fertilized egg that tested positive for a particular defect, such as dwarfism.