If human embryos are not persons, then why would it be wrong to harvest anencephalic babies for their organs?
Here is an emerging secular worldview. Peter Singer is the DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. This excerpt was taken directly from his website’s FAQ’s:
“Q. You have been quoted as saying: “Killing a defective infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person. Sometimes it is not wrong at all.” Is that quote accurate?
A. It is accurate, but can be misleading if read without an understanding of what I mean by the term ‘person’ . . .”
He argues his case in his book, Unsanctifying Human Life. He believes that the “right to life” should be granted to all “persons” equally. Unfortunately, his definition of “person” is very narrow and excludes all pre-born children, disabled children, born infants (through 18 months) and the elderly infirm. He goes on to declare that his own mother probably wouldn’t be alive if he were the sole caregiver in his family.
Human-Animal Hybrids have been permitted by law in the United Kingdom. Transgenic humans are being called “cowboys” by the UK press. (98% human – 2% cow)
Glow in the dark humans were produced in May 2008 at Cornell University.
“The Cornell scientists put a gene for a fluorescent protein into the single-celled human embryo. The embryo had three sets of chromosomes instead of two.”
After the embryo divided for three days, all the cells in the embryo glowed, Rosenwaks said. He said the goal of the work was to see if the fluorescent marker would carry into the daughter cells, allowing genetic changes to be traced as cells divided.”
“A spokesman for the National Institutes of Health said the Cornell work would not be classified as gene therapy in need of federal review, because a test-tube embryo is not considered a person under the regulations.”
Embryos from the single cell stage are often denied personhood because they don’t LOOK human. Over 500,000 human lives are currently residing in “concentration cans” in a cryo-preserved state in our nation’s IVF clinics. Human embryos are being created for destructive scientific research, selectively killed (reduced) in the common treatment of infertility, genetically tested and destroyed because they fail to achieve a eugenic standard based on gender or treatable disease conditions. They have been combined with animal DNA to form a montrosity called a “chimera” which defies our current system of law and regulatory oversight. 1,000,000 fetuses are aborted every year as a “woman’s right to choose.” Should human life be protected from these acts? Does human life have intrinsic value or are we all just the product of impersonal time and chance? Weren’t we all embryos at one time?
If the personhood of the embryo is denied because it doesn’t LOOK human or because of its level of dependancy, when will the personhood of the elderly infirm be denied because of their level of dependancy?