22. June 2010 23:13
An exclusive dating website, with a strict ban on ugly people, has launched what it's calling a 'beautiful baby service', a virtual egg and sperm bank for people who want to have attractive babies.
Critics are questioning the ethics of the site but those running it are making no apologies.
Parissa Mobasher says she's one of the beautiful people, and naturally expects her baby would be too.
"You're giving that child an extra bonus in life. You're giving them that extra edge," Parissa Mobasher, a website member, told CBS station WFOR-TV in Miami.
She belongs to a dating website that only admits beautiful people, and makes no apology for being egotistical.
"It is. Well, Beautifulpeople.com is the site with a ban on ugly people so it's always been out there," explained Alice Dodge from BeautifulPeople.com.
Now, it's launching a virtual sperm and egg bank for people who want to boost their chances of making beautiful babies.
The site says its "beautiful baby service" is open to everyone. The founder said 'even 'ugly people' would like to bring good looking children into the world. But one British watchdog group says cherry picking pretty people as parents is just wrong.
"It's a symptom of a very dangerous tendency in our society that says we can take control of everything to do with reproduction and have it exactly the way we want it," said Dr. David King from Human Genetics Alert.
But at 42, Parissa says the scheme is something she'd consider, although she wouldn't hand her eggs over to just anyone.
"It has to be for the right reasons and the right people, absolutely," said Parissa.
The website claims 600 babies have been born to people who met through the site already. They hope the beautiful baby bank will just speed up that process.