Bioethics if you’re ‘famous for being famous’

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”

Did F. Scott Fitzgerald have the bioethics of the rich in mind? Probably not, but his words ring true anyway.

Thirty-nine-year-old Paris Hilton, the American heiress, media personality, businesswoman, socialite, model, singer, actress, and DJ, wants a baby, more precisely, she wants a boy and a girl. So she is undergoing IVF with her boyfriend, Carter Reum.

Reproductive health expert Kim Kardashian, who is also famous for being famous, recommended the procedure to her, Ms Hilton told beauty influencer Mara Schiavocampo in a podcast.

She wanted to start the process now to ensure she could have "twins that are a boy and a girl". "I think it's something most women should do just to have and then you can pick if you want boys or girls," Ms Hilton said. "The only way to 100% have that is by doing it that way."

Insider, a celebrity website, pointed out some of the ethical problems with choosing the sex of IVF children. “In addition to being an expensive procedure many people in the US can't afford, the idea of ‘picking’ a child's gender before they are born may present some problems. Since a child could be transgender, and may not identify with the gender they are assigned at birth, no one truly knows what gender their child will be.”

Not to mention treating children as a fashion accessory.

Michael Cook is editor of BioEdge

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