That’s the question I subtly suggested in a post a few days ago about the Gay Sheep Experiments. Some of you picked up on it… some of you didn’t bother to read the post at all and instead had a knee-jerk reaction as usual. But I digress.
It seems pretty clear that any scientific path which even suggests the ability to genetically change any homo animal to a straight animal will eventually lead to genetic testing capabilities for humans. If you don’t see that potential path, frankly, you are blind.
I actually wrote the Gay Sheep posting after watching a TV news report about how all expectant mothers are now being pushed to have a “fetus test” for the possibility of their unborn child having Down’s Syndrome. Thereby raising the potential that in a generation or less, no more Down’s Syndrome babies will be born at all due to selective abortions.
Yesterday, I found a column by Andrew Sullivan on the potential real implications of the gay sheep…
Experimenting on other human beings crosses a bright moral line — even when that other human being is in your own womb. There is no medical reason for meddling with anyone’s sexual orientation, let alone in the crucial first months of a human being’s life. And the potential for all sorts of unintended consequences is huge. Most ethical doctors would abhor such practices. And rightly so. Laws could even be passed, and enforced, to ban them.
But what of the darker scenario in which we merely discover scientific clues to the origins of homosexuality in human embryos and allow the potentially gay ones to be selectively aborted? That, it seems to me, is by far the likelier scenario. In fact, we’d be naive not to expect something like it.
That’s what I said last week, remember? So why aren’t gay groups flocking to become anti-abortion? Hmmmm…
And in a posting yesterday, one of Andrew’s readers made the connection between these two scientific developments and the path toward “modifying” or eliminating gay people.
Why should we assume that it would be any different with gay fetuses? After all, where nobody really gives much thought to Down syndrome children, there is widespread antipathy towards homosexuals. Even heterosexuals who support gay rights feel something between mild unease and outright revulsion at the thought of two men having sex (just ask Mickey Kaus).
In short, we really do live in interesting times. On the one hand, we are the first generation of gay men who has had a shot at living something like a normal life; on the other, we may be the last generation of gay men to have a shot at living.
Not so subtle, eh?