In this paper, I will argue that genetic therapies should be allowed for diseases and disabilities that cause individuals pain, shorter life spans, and noticeable disadvantages in life. I believe this because everyone deserves to have the most even starting place in life as possible. That is no being should be limited in their life due to diseases and disabilities that can be cured with genetic therapies. I will be basing my argument off the article by “Gene Therapies and the Pursuit of a Better Human” by Sara Goering. One objection to genetic therapies is that removing disabilities and diseases might cause humans to lose sympathy towards others and their fragility (332). However, I do not believe this because there are many other
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However, depending on the person’s living environment, they could cause very noticeable differences in quality of life. In these cases, I believe that it is up to the parents to make the decision on whether or not to pursue genetic therapy. As Goering states, “at least a segment of the Deaf community values their physiology as different but equal to that of hearing people, and they may argue that the only reason that deafness confers any discrimination in society is because of unfair societal discrimination and the fact that society is set up for the benefit of the hearing (333).” I believe this is true for color-blind persons and persons in wheelchairs. They are perfectly capable of living a fulfilling life if the society they live in is set up to cater to their special needs. This isn’t available in all cases though. As mentioned in Goering’s article, color-blindness is not a big deal in the United States, but in some places in Africa it is necessary to be able to tell the difference between shades of green for survival (334).
In my opinion, it is also up to the parents to decide on genetic therapy in the cases of great risk of heart disease and cancer. I do not believe slow metabolism should be included because it can be easily remedied with diet, exercise, and even hormones in sever cases. Race, gender, sexual preference, and physical appearance should definitely not be considered for genetic therapies. This is mostly due to the fact that society is