cliff notes: baby conceived with the express purpose to donate his umbilical cord which contains the secret to saving his older siblings from a life requiring monthly blood transfusions.
the disease should be completely irrelevant if the procedure is successful
obviously, the problem is we might begin to see a world where some babies are "convenience babies" that are not perceived as humans but as medicine. In related news, China has begun to open state run "nursery's"
One of my mom's friends did this...one of their children had leukemia so they got pregnant for the baby's bone marrow, to potentially help their sick child. The child with cancer ended up passing away. The child they had might have been originally conceived under extenuating circumstances, but she wasn't seen as ' medicinal.' This was in the 90s...who knows where things will go, a far as your China reference, but like relentless said, I wouldn't be upset if that was my situation.
Not saying this to be argumentative, just facilitate discussion, but how do you define life? If something were born without a brain, is it alive? It may have been a group of living cells, but could you really call it a human life?
There is similar debate on this with anencephalic children.
Definition of death..."The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 1980 formulated the Uniform Determination of Death Act. It states that: "An individual who has sustained either (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or (2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem is dead. A determination of death must be made in accordance with accepted medical standards." This definition was approved by the American Medical Association in 1980 and by the American Bar Association in 1981."