Designer Babies Call for Newly Designed Rights

The combination of reproductive technologies with several methods of preimplantation genetic testing, screening and diagnosis, and the possibility of gene editing call for the reconsideration of reproductive rights, as well as the recognition of new rights for the designer babies to be born. The right to be informed about genetic heritage and about prenatal genetic interventions should constitute a new form of genetic privacy. Parents may receive personalized consultation before requesting preimplantation or prenatal genetic interventions. Information should cover both the imminent and long-term consequences of such interventions. Parental self-determination should be reassessed as the boundary between parental rights and reproductive self-expression may be blurred. Health and other traits should be distinguished; and societal concerns, such as competitiveness, justice, and discrimination, should be reinterpreted in this new legal framework.