Julian Savulescu, Oxford Professor, Says Genetically Engineering Babies To Be 'Ethical' Is A 'Moral Obligation'

Oxford Prof Says Genetically Engineering Babies To Be 'Ethical' Is A 'Moral Obligation'

What is an ethical baby? Does it cry less? Or does it cry more out of sensitivity to the world's troubles?

According to Oxford professor Julian Savulescu there should be way more ethical babies in the world and we have a "moral obligation" to genetically engineer them into being.

Savulescu, the director of the Uehiro Center For Practical Ethics at the English university, claimed in a recent issue of Reader's Digest that by "screening out personality flaws, such as potential alcoholism, psychopathy and disposition to violence" in fetuses, society would be a better place. Parents, he argues, have a responsibility to society to select for "ethically better children," likening these screening for the ones already in place for Down's syndrome and cystic fibrosis.

Savulescu is no stranger to controversial comments. He recently argued in the New York Times that doping should be allowed in the Olympics because the ban makes illegal drugs more unsafe.

What do you think? Do we owe it to ourselves to make more ethical babies? Weigh in below!

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