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    Would it be ethical?

    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?
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    Re: Would it be ethical?

    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.

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    Re: Would it be ethical?

    What exactly is there to learn about from zero-g pregnancy? I can think a lot more immediately life saving information I'd go for if I was going to delve into morally questionable experiments. I'd also be much comfortable ethically speaking experimenting on someone who was able to consent to the choice rather than bringing a child into the mix.

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    Re: Would it be ethical?

    It's likely been done.










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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?
    And what if the guy fell out too early and it got all over the electronics? I wouldn't want to lose a space station over jizz.

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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.
    The possibility of having to 'euthanize' a baby would be a strong argument against such an experiment.

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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?
    I would have to say it depends.If they did a bunch of successful tests on different animals first before doing trying it out on humans then yes it would be ethical. If they did not do any testing on animals or the tests on animals were mostly failures then yes it would be unethical to test the effects of zero gravity on human pregnancy.
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    Re: Would it be ethical?

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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.
    to what ends?

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

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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?
    Ethical - yes.

    Purposeful - no.
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