Reynolds quoted in Wall Street Journal story about ethical implications of advances in reproductive technologies
KIE’s Joel Michael Reynolds, assistant professor of philosophy and disability studies, was quoted in an October 28, 2023 Wall Street Journal essay titled “What If Men Could Make Their Own Egg Cells?” on in vitro gametogenesis (IVG), a reproductive technology that creates eggs outside of human ovaries.
In the essay by Amy Dockser Marcus, a staff reporter and the author of “We the Scientists: How a Daring Team of Parents and Doctors Forged a New Path for Medicine,” Reynolds points out “that lab eggs and easier embryo testing might lead to a world in which someone like his late brother, who was born with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and other disabilities, might not exist.”
“New technologies are opportunities to reassess our values,” Reynolds says. “Historically, reproductive technologies have resulted in there being less disabled people in the world. Is that what we want? Do we value diversity?”