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    Re: Would it be ethical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    To set up an experiment to see if we could reproduce in space? I'm talking about human reproduction here.

    It could give us an incredible amount of insight into our own bodies, and how our reproduction system reacts in space.

    But it could also lead to serious complications, for the woman, and the baby.

    What do you think?
    First you have to actually be able to have sex in space in order to procreate. And yes we should definitely find out since humanities future is dependent on space exploration. This world has a finite amount of useable resources, which means we are going to have to find ways of replenishing them. Space is the obvious choice.

    Edit: Meant to add a link...Outer-space sex carries complications
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    Re: Would it be ethical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    If the woman volunteers and the infant is euthanized immediately, I'd have no ethical problem with it. I am pretty sure that most anyone else would, though.
    Why in the world would you want or need to euthanize the baby?
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    Re: Would it be ethical?

    I dont see the point. Based on where we are at as a human species...


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    Re: Would it be ethical?

    Quote Originally Posted by OhIsee.Then View Post
    Ethical for me includes: Is spending money on space reproduction an ethical expenditure? Even if they used an mammal that essentially duplicated the human mechanisms, it would be unethical.
    Money has got to be the worst reason to not do research.
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    Re: Would it be ethical?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    You are having a woman go through her pregnancy in space without access to a hospital or sufficient medical care. We don't know how a zero gravity environment would impact the mother or the child. If there are issues with the delivery the mother and child are both at an increased risk of mortality. If the child is born with a complication they also do not have access to medical care.
    One of the ways that astronauts train for space walks is to put themselves in an environment that simulates weightlessness. One of the ways that this is done is by submerging themselves in water. While not many pregnant women deliver babies in water there are those that do. It is apparently helpful for the babies. Now I'm not saying that the two are exactly the same but there are similarities and may be worth looking at further.
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    Re: Would it be ethical?

    Eventually we will need to get off from this rock or face extinction; however I do not see the need to determine the viability of zero-g offspring in the near future. Once we find a suitable new home to send a life raft of humanity towards, and actually need to start planning on a multi-generational journey out to some new planetary system multiple light years away.. then sure it might be a good time to figure this out (although I am thinking that more likely than not there would be artificial gravity on the ship).

    Having a kid just for the sake of seeing what happens is much less ethical than a purposeful endeavor to do so to in order to insure the long term survival of our species - A bridge to be crossed when we get to it.

    And I have a very bad mental image of a pair of dogs trying to hump in zero-g now thanks to people suggesting we test it on animals first (which I agree to as well.. ideally first see what happens with fertilized chicken eggs, and then mice, and then consider getting the dogs up there for their zero-g humpfest)
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    Re: Would it be ethical?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    The possibility of having to 'euthanize' a baby would be a strong argument against such an experiment.
    Yes, that's how I assumed most people would feel about it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Why in the world would you want or need to euthanize the baby?
    Because the child is either going to be obviously defective, or we're going to have to dissect it to see whether or not there were any hidden effects. That's too much of a risk to take with a baby we're planning on keeping.

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    Re: Would it be ethical?

    I used to run with a crowd of high IQ eugenicists who wanted to spark a voluntary movement of healthy intellectuals engaging in selective breeding and leaving Terra. One of the major stumbling blocks we ran into was when we first discovered the conclusions of some of the animal experiments-- think it's a major part of what caused the group to fold.

    As vital as this effort is to the long-term survival of the hominid genus, we are maddeningly far from being able to expand outward.

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    Re: Would it be ethical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    Because the child is either going to be obviously defective, or we're going to have to dissect it to see whether or not there were any hidden effects. That's too much of a risk to take with a baby we're planning on keeping.
    Why "obviously" defective? If you're thinking about radiation doing something there is no need to worry about that. Astronauts are shielded against radiation.

    And there is no need to dissect it. There are tons of tests that can be done without endangering its life and still get all the answers needed.
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    Re: Would it be ethical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    As vital as this effort is to the long-term survival of the hominid genus, we are maddeningly far from being able to expand outward.
    Agreed. Although I think that discovery of somewhere to expand outwards towards would give (some of) us a massive initiative to dedicate substantial resources towards developing this ability. For now it is a novelty, someday there will be a need, but that someday is not today, it is still at least a few generations off - and look how far we have came in just the last few generations..
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