Oct 06, 2012 5:07 AM GMT
I am Rudrod64 and thank you for joining this forum. Below is a scenario I would like you to read followed by some discussion questions. Please do not concern yourself with how realistic or scientifically feasible the scenario is and instead focus on the ethical and moral issues it is seeking to raise.
The male pregnancy scenario:
Imagine that medical and reproductive technology has advanced to the point where doctors can help males get pregnant. They can utilize artificial eggs and are able to combine the chromosomes of two same-sex partners and successfully implant a fertilized egg in a specific cavity in a male that can sustain and carry a pregnancy. The medical technology is also advanced enough to allow parents to choose the sex of their future child. The male who chooses to get pregnant may request the doctors to help him develop lactating glands if he wishes to breastfeed his future baby. Any male that decides to undergo this procedure is fully informed of the physical changes he will endure after the procedure (redistribution of body fat, changes in body shape, stretch marks, etc.)
1) If you were in a committed relationship and wished to have children would you pursue this option if you had the financial means to do it?
2) If you decided to pursue this option, would you be willing to be the one who gets pregnant or would you try to convince your partner to go through the pregnancy? What is the reasoning behind your choice?
3) If you decided to pursue this option, would you select the sex or your child and what sex would you choose? Why or why not?
4) If you decided to get pregnant yourself, would you ask the doctor to help you make it possible for you to breastfeed your baby? Why or why not?
5) Would your notions of masculinity change if this pregnancy option were available to you? Why or why not?
6) What personal values you think you are applying when you make reproductive decisions like this? Why are those values important to you?