We hear a lot of talk about “embryonic stem cell research that does not harm human life” coming from people like George Bush, Rick Santorum and George Allen, and even some Catholic bishops. What they’re talking about is proposals to create embryos that “aren’t really human,” because they won’t (the scientifists think) develop into “fetuses.”
This is, of course, the so-called “blighted ovum.” My wife has a very simple question on the “blighted ovum issue”: If there is really such a thing as a blighted ovum that mimics pregnancy and miscarriage, why don’t virgins experience it?
But a blighted ovum *is* a conception. All this stuff gets back to that euphemism that implanation is necessary for conception. The “morning after pill” isn’t abortion, “because pregnancy hasn’t started yet.” An embryo in a lab isn’t human, “Because pregnancy requires implantation.” Now, it’s “The embryo won’t develop beyond this stage.”
Dr. John Bruchalski of the Tepeyac Clinic in Fairfax, VA, says that, in his old life as a researcher at a facility that did IVF, contraceptives and other practices, he and his colleagues used to conceive babies in petri dishes. They’d watch the sperm enter the egg, and they’d see a visible flash of light–an electrical signal the brand-new zygote sends to the mother’s brain, saying, “hey! I’m here! You’re pregnant!”
In a so-called “blighted ovum,” sperm meets egg, but there are such severe genetic deformities that the embryo doesn’t grow after a few weeks. Apparently, sexist physicians have decided to blame the genetic deformity on the egg rather than the sperm.
So, that’s basically what they’re saying they’ll do for “ethical” ESCR. Even though embryonic stem cells are supposedly so great because of their potential for developing into different forms of tissue, these shysters claim they can make embryos that *won’t* develop and then harvest their tissues. Even though ESCR is supposed to be a way of healing people with healthy tissue from embryos, they’re going to create genetically defective embryos just to do it with. Yeah, right.
So, how many genes are necessary to be “human”? If genes insufficient to grow beyond 3 weeks make one less than human, then what about genes that prevent growth beyond 2 years after birth? How many body parts must be missing or defective before a person is considered less than human?
And, lastly, how are the people who engage in or support this research glorifying God?