Human Sexuality


The "Wrong" Sexual Orientation?

June 18, 2008

A terrific article by Will Saletan on the coming "chemical wars" over sexual orientation:

Last year, Rev. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote: "If a biological basis is found, and if a prenatal test is then developed, and if a successful treatment to reverse the sexual orientation to heterosexual is ever developed, we would support its use." Mohler told the Associated Press that morally, this would be no different from curing fetal blindness or any other "medical problem." Rev. Joseph Fessio, editor of the press that publishes the Pope's work, agreed: "Same-sex activity is considered disordered. If there are ways of detecting diseases or disorders of children in the womb ... that respected the dignity of the child and mother, it would be a wonderful advancement of science."

If the idea of chemically suppressing homosexuality in the womb horrifies you, I have bad news: You won't be in the room when it happens. Parents control medical decisions, and surveys indicate that the vast majority of them would be upset to learn that their child was gay. Already, millions are screening embryos and fetuses to eliminate those of the "wrong" sex. Do you think they won't screen for the "wrong" sexual orientation, too?

I'd be curious to hear what the "eugenics? what eugenics?" brigade has to say about this. Razib at Gene Expression notes an important caveat.

Ross Douthat's prescient post on the future of homosexuality is well-worth reading too.

posted by Cheryl Miller | 9:58 am
File As: Eugenics, Contemporary, Human Sexuality