Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Sounds Like Heaven


According to a doctor who defected, there are no people with physical disabilities in North Korea. No, there is no ancient medical secret in this amazing medical miracle, they manage this earthly paradise by plain old infanticide, children with any apparent defect never leave the delivery room.
When I was at Assumption Junior High, the nuns warned that, euthanasia, infanticide, abortion and even seemingly affirmative things like in vitro fertilization are symptoms of a culture of death. I thought they were just uptight, which undoubtedly they were, but they were also prescient.
In vitro fertilization is the last best hope for many couples hoping to conceive, but what is not so broadly known is the fate of the embryos that are not implanted. Or worse yet, doctors will implant many embryos hoping one will attach, then selectively harvest any surplus embryos that attached. Selectively harvest means kill one or more of the children a childless couple hoped and prayed for.
If the promise of stem cells or any other human based technology is fulfilled and a host of ailments can be cured, ageing can be prevented and death can be delayed for the those with the means and influence to get the treatment, do you think our culture would defend the weak and voiceless who might be harmed in the process? The nuns were right.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about all the embryos that have already been created but not implanted due to IVF? Is it better that they be tossed in the "trash" or be used to potentially find a cure for people with spinal cord injuries?

El Duderino said...

False choice. How about respecting human life to begin with? By your line of reasoning condemed prisoners should be screened against the list of people needing organ transplants, i.e. the "their screwed anyway so why not have some good come of it theory." Keep in mind the only reason either is screwed is because we place scant value on the lives of the inconvenient or the troublesome.

displacedriverrat said...

yeah, and women who miscarry should be charged with involuntary manslaughter!

El Duderino said...

Rat,
that goes a little too far don't you think? A simple, crimson "BP" for bad parent, permantly attached to her bodice will suffice.

CultMan said...

I suspect, ElD, that the nuns' "intuitions" and their inculcation of those intuitions are worthy of further reflection, in light of your call for a good list of solid reasons against altering the definition of marriage. I further suspect that the "reasons" given will be a loosely cobbled together as the nuns' reasons were back in the late 70's re: symptoms of a culture of death. See my comment at your other post....