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Postby alextemplet » Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:08 pm

Someone in the MySpace forum proposed an alternative to abortion that invovled extracting the fetus from the mother and placing it into an artificial womb. Once matured, the infant would be given up for adoption. I think this is an ideal solution. It satisfies the pro-life crowd by saving the child's life, and it satisfies the pro-choice crowd by allowing the woman to give up the child without having to carry it to term. But I think this technology, if it could be developed, could be applied to many more problems than just abortion. It could be a life saver for women who are, for some reason, physioligically incapable of delivering the baby, and it could also help reduce the number of premature babies on life support.

I don't intend to start an abortion debate, but I am interested to find out if this kind of technology can be made to work. If it can, the possible benefits can be amazing.
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Postby James » Mon Jul 31, 2006 5:28 pm

Not quite sure how you would go about 'extracting' the fetus. It seems somewhat difficult/far-fectched
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Postby mith » Mon Jul 31, 2006 6:16 pm

Is there really such a demand from the pro-life crowd that there's not enough babies to adopt?
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Postby MrMistery » Mon Jul 31, 2006 7:30 pm

And this device sounds hard to produce. In science there is no proving an idea like "Builduing this is impossible", but it would be hard at best. You would have to build something like an artificial placenta and program it to deliver antibodies, nutriments and other things to the fetus.
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Postby alextemplet » Mon Jul 31, 2006 10:42 pm

mithrilhack wrote:Is there really such a demand from the pro-life crowd that there's not enough babies to adopt?


It's not just adoption, that's more of a happy after-effect of this scheme. The real cause of the pro-life crowd is saving the babies' lives.

I agree it would probably take an enormous amount of engineering capability, but given the numerous potential benefits is it worth researching?

The only potential drawback of such technology is that, if it became possible, it wouldn't be long before women of the uber-wealthy would start paying to be freed from child birth. That may or may not be a good thing, depending on your perspective.
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