Designer babies and reproductive technologies

IVF, Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis, embryo technology and stem cell research. These issues are explored through a series of case studies.

What We Cover

  • In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
  • Impacts on attitudes to disability
  • Embryo experimentation
  • “Saviour siblings”
  • What makes a human being
  • Human rights
  • Genetic engineering
  • Personhood

Target Audience

Our Designer Babies & Reproductive Technologies presentation is designed for Year 10 up to sixth-form and young adult groups. We can tailor the material depending on the audience.

Possible Formats

We can speak to year groups or to any class size. A typical presentation will last 50-60 minutes (usually a single lesson).

Intended Outcomes

Our aim is to enable audience members to:

  • understand the moral and practical issues involved in the increasing use of reproductive technologies
  • gain knowledge of current practices towards ‘designer babies’ and how this reflects attitudes towards the unborn and the disabled
  • be inspired by our intrinsic worth and dignity which comes simply from being a human being

Topic Authority

  • Another offshoot of ours is Life FertilityCare, which helps couples struggling with infertility. We therefore have a good understanding of the moral and practical issues raised by different kinds of fertility treatments.
  • The FertilityCare team is fully trained and accredited by FertilityCare and NaProTechnology® programmes to help clients conceive naturally. In total, nearly 200 babies have been born through this programme.
  • In the past five years we have responded to seven government consultations, three of which (abortion for disability, three-parent embryos, and prenatal screening) directly relate to reproductive technologies.

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