If we accept the principle that universal human rights are worth embracing, then all human life must be included within this ideal. That's what "universal" means. Human rights begin when human life begins and ends with life's natural conclusion. Anything else is either ignorance or sophistry and bigotry." -- Mark Davis Pickup
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Perverted science of embryonic stem cell research
Renowned American bioethical thinker Wesley J. Smith has written an enlightening article entitled "Stem cell Double Talk" for the Weekly Standard. It deals Obama's policy overturning the Bush policy on embryonic stem cell (ESC) research. (See http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/263fnapt.asp)
I have written previously that I will not be able to enjoy any stem cell therapies derived from embryonic sources. Getting better on the backs of other human life is unthinkable for me. It reminds me of Goya's macabre painting Saturn Devouring his children.
EMBRYONIC STEM CELL PHARMING
Embryonic stem cell pharmers know that stem cells from embryos are much more problematic that other sources yet the pharmers are plowing forward. Is it ideology that drives them into perverted science? Is there some underlying reason for the embryonic stem cell fixation?
The darker side of me wonders if North America's culture has to find something redeeming (or at least mitigating) for the devaluation of prenatal life that caused the massacre of more than 50 million prenatal lives in the past 40 years. Abortion is North America's holocaust!
If embryonic stem cells could provide therapies for victims of spinal cord injuries, suffers of diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis or other conditions, then pro-choice brutality could be couched in altruism.
It would also provide a darkly delicious revenge for pro-choice
ideologues. People who believe that human rights begin when human life begins and find themselves disabled or incurably ill with a disease helped by an embryonic stem cell therapy, will either have to forsake their views to get better or forsake the ESC therapies and remain in their wheelchairs and continue deteriorating.
What a diabolically delicious punishment for being pro-Life! Wait, the pro-choice glee and sneers will be short lived. Life in this world is not all there is.
My ultimate victory and liberation from my wheelchair and disease will not come from consuming the left-overs of unwanted children in the earliest stages of human life! My victory lies in Christ as I step from this life to the next leaving my wheelchair and the darkness of this world behind.