In The Giver, why would the community want to eliminate diseases such as Hemophilia?it is for my project for school please answer

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Hemophilia is a disease where the blood does not clot as it should.  If a person with hemophilia gets a cut, he or she will keep bleeding long after a normal person would stop.  This can be a very dangerous disease.  It is also a genetic disorder, meaning that it is passed from parent to child.  Although it is easy to criticize Jonas’s community for wanting to stamp out differences through genetic screening and engineering, they do prevent sometimes deadly diseases through this process.  When tests are done before a baby is born to determine if the parents are carriers for certain diseases, you can wipe those diseases out completely. 

Although Hemophilia is dangerous is it not usually life-threatening.  The process would more likely be used for more dangerous diseases in our society.  In The Giver, difference of any kind is not tolerated.  Since the people also avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, a disease that caused excessive bleeding might be one of their priorities!  The sight of blood makes many people uncomfortable.