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Is Multiplexed Parenting A Good Or Bad Thing?

Law professor at George Washington University, Sonia M. Suter discusses the moral aspects of the recent technology, in vitro gametogenesis (IVG), which allows a woman to produce a sperm cell, or a man could produce an egg cell, and inevitably giving any number of parents to contribute their DNA in creating a baby.

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"If you have 32 people that want to procreate together, what's driving this? Is it a desire, really, to give a child the benefit of multiple parents? Or is it a desire to create a sort of uber class."

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Why is it even something that's being considered? Is there any practical reason to do it? Is there any benefit to multiplexing? - Well, so that's one of the things that I explored. I mean, I think there's a question about how many people would be interested in this in the first place. But given the technology, I wanted to think through the various scenarios where it might be used, and I followed up on this idea presented by this professor I mentioned, and I wanted to think about, what would be problematic or beneficial with multiplexed parenting? And one of the arguments in favor of it would be that many people involved in raising a child would be good for the child. It would be an idea of a village. You know, it takes a village to raise a child. You'd have many people interested in the well being of the child, but it doesn't necessarily follow that if many people did this, that a child would benefit because there can be conflict and confusion over the roles. The more parents involved, the less intimacy and the kind of, the relationship might thin. So, I think it's a question of how likely this  is to be desired by many people. And I also, one of the things I discuss in my article, is the problem of what the motivation is. So, if you have 32 people that want to procreate together, what's driving this? Is it a desire, really, to give a child the benefit of multiple parents? Or is it a desire to create a sort of uber class, a sort of clan like mentality, which I think would be deeply problematic.