I read a fun Science Fiction article by NPR today… At least that’s what I kept having to attempt to convince myself as I continued to read it… “This can’t be real.”
“When you ask, ‘Is this ethically bad?’ Well, you also have to put the opposite: Are there ethical issues for not doing research in that period?”says Robin Lovell-Badge of the Crick Institute
This line of thinking is one step removed from the “science” of Nazi Germany. Why shouldn’t we just kill old people and harvest their organs? … for science. After all we could save lives and cure diseases, couldn’t you argue that it would be ethically wrong not to do such a thing?
“If you are going to kill all these [Jewish] people, at least take the brains out so that the material may be utilized.”Nazi doctor Julius Hallervorden, Nuremberg trials, 1945.
Lest you label me crazy for hypothesizing such a far fetched slippery slope, I should remind you of the aborted baby tissue harvesting. Even the fact checkers agree:
The Nazi scientists were also permitted by law to do their progressive experiments. Also you just have to love the language acrobatics… “Reasonable Reimbursement” “Tissue” “Donation” “Services” Let us translate with different vocabulary. Planned Parenthood is lawfully being payed for harvesting and distributing baby organs.
Studying embryos as they develop beyond 14 days could help scientists solve many medical problems, including infertility, miscarriages and birth defects, Lovell-Badge and others argue.
This unrestrained limitless reasoning will lead to the eventual sci-fi nightmare of fully grown experimental test tube humans, grown for the express purpose of harvesting organs. Evolutionary worldviews produce if not require this sort of reasoning. I mean, if human beings are simply a product of matter randomly bumping into more matter, why even hesitate on the ‘ethical problems’. 14 day rules, 28 days… full term? Why do ethics even enter into the equation.
Eat, drink, be merry for tomorrow we die.