Would You Microchip Your Baby?

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As soon as you hear your newborn's first cry, that intense feeling of love is quickly followed by a fierce protective panic as you realize you would die if anything happened to this tiny, perfect baby

Jennifer Lubell asks the question over at Betty Confidential: If given the option, would you microchip your child? While my initial reaction was, "No way!" by the time I finished her piece, I wasn't so sure.

Granted, the technology isn't available today to put a permanent tracking device inside of people, but it's certainly not unthinkable that this will be an option in the future.

As experts tell us not to worry about child abduction, it's still every parent's worst nightmare. Knowing you could track your child, whether they wander off at Disneyland or, god forbid, are taken by someone, is a peace of mind I would certainly be grateful for when I go to those dark places in my imagination.

Our hospital immediately snapped the baby lo-jack around my son's ankle, so an alarm would go off if he was taken outside the perimeter (wherever that was, I was never quite sure). The microchip would be an extra step to make sure no one is snatching babies once you leave the maternity ward.

While that seems perfectly reasonable, it doesn't mean there isn't something very icky about putting a chip inside my child based on my own, possibly unrealistic, fears.

Lubell's final statement is yes, she would microchip her child and give her child the option to remove the chip as a teenager in order to give her son the freedom every young adult needs.

Would you microchip your baby if you could?


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tnmom... tnmomofive

Nope NEVER...I find it creepy and obviously child abducters would figure out a way around them sooner or later..if nothing else they'd start to remove them themselves.In the end what good are they?

Pishyah Pishyah

As much as I want that feeling of security that they want us to feel there's no chance I'll be doing it and I urge everyone to pay attention in their state to fight the laws that are trying to be passed through to force this on people!  Some feel that this is the mark of the beast, some realize that it is just creepy, others worry about the medical implications like with vaccines, and most feel that this should be a choice and not forced!

Lokis... LokisMama

No.  Maybe I'm just one of those people that thinks of the really dark side of things, but I think it would end up with a new generation of child abductor who would mutiliate the child to get the chip out. :(

cjcha... cjcharlie1959

I really don't know.  I might chip my teenager and an alarm goes off if she/he is doing something they shouldn't be doing.

Cafe... Cafe Jenn

I think it's one of those things where you have to weight the pros and cons.  I can see why it could be a good thing but I can also see why it wouldn't be.  I'm not sure I would do it but I can see my husband wanting to. 

Cafe... Cafe Chastity

Call me creepy but I would do it! Maybe it's cause of the constant panic I get while taking the kids out to a busy NYC venue. I love to frequent flea markets, festivals and the public parks, museums, etc. Growing up in the city I always felt this sense of rush and crowdedness. Once I had my kids  it turned into panic and fear. I would totally chip them until they were teens.


 

hotic... hoticedcoffee

Never.  I agree with prior posters who say that anyone sick enough to abduct a child isn't going to think twice about digging out the chip, plus there's ALWAYS a way to scramble/block a signal.  And you know that it's just the first mis-step down a slippery slope....the chips become mandatory, and the government tracks everyone "as a safety measure".

mamajyme mamajyme

This is a horrible intrusion our government is pushing on us- it shouldnt even to come into play with the feelings you get of having a newborn- THAT is love not fear. To use that as their selling tool is sick- sad- and pathetic

ethan... ethans_momma06

Oh no, I wouldn't. I see the pro side to it that is prompted and promoted by maternal fear, but I also see the potential for the negatives- side effects for health (not only is this a foreign object but it is emitting a signal), abuse by governmental authorities, religious repercussions, etc. If you want to, that's your prerogative. As for me, I'll be staying as far away from that as possible....

LoriA... LoriAnn87

No way I would I do this to my child.

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