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May 05, 2004

Made To Order Miracles

Sorry, Timmy. My morality requires you to die in agony

In a growing practice that troubles some ethicists, a Chicago laboratory helped create five healthy babies so that they could serve as stem-cell donors for their ailing brothers and sisters.

Wait five or six years, then ask the kids if they're glad they were born.

"This was a search-and-destroy mission," said Richard Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The chosen embryos "were allowed to be born so they could donate tissue to benefit someone else."

Bullshit. Frozen is not destroyed. This was creating life to save life. Mr. Doerflinger is complaining about possibilities. There's a possibility that a child will get molested if he becomes an altar boy in the Catholic Church. Does Mr. Doerflinger also think altar boys should be phased out?

And surely, if the embryos are threatened with destruction, we'll be able to count on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to supply the funds necessary to store them until they are wanted--assuming there's any money left after Mr. Doerflinger's church has finished paying its legal bills.

Valparaiso University professor Gilbert Meilaender, a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, called the practice "morally troubling."

What's morally troubling is that some people will allow a child to suffer and die from a lingering, painful disease because they're uncomfortable with possible implications of certain medical procedures. To Gilbert Meilaender, it's ok for some kids to die as long as it prevents a frozen mass of cells stored in a lab somewhere from possibly being thrown out one day.

If this is morality, I choose immorality, and I'll spit in the eye of Gilbert Meilaender's pharisaical god come Judgment Day.

I won't have to, though. When it comes down to it, Meilaender and Doerflinger aren't really concerned about morality, though I concede it's possible they think they are. What really makes them uncomfortable is the perception, that Man has arrogated to himself a power once reserved to God, as if this somehow lessens the power of the Deity. Their argument has been deployed before, against anesthesia, vaccinations and even surgery itself if one goes back far enough in history.

Theirs is a little god, he of the Tower of Babel, forever petrified of what man might accomplish, and setting himself against them.

"Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."

Meilaender and Doerflinger deserve such a deity. The children whose treatments they oppose do not.

Posted by Bigwig at May 5, 2004 02:43 PM | TrackBack
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Amen. Both my brothers are diabetics, and I would carve stem cells out of Donald Rumsfeld's diseased gums with a rusty kitchen knife if that's what it took to free them from insulin addiction.

Posted by: Lex at May 5, 2004 03:14 PM

Clearly and graphicly said. The opponent to this, interviewed yesterday in NPR, basically said that it is demeaning for a person to save other person's life.
Small gods indeed.

Posted by: Camilo at May 6, 2004 08:47 AM

It was well known that, despite incredible and expensive training back in the camps of the Empire, lack of proper armor played a significant role in the defeats suffered by the elite Stormtroopers back in the desert world of Tatooine and the jungles of the other planet, the one with jungles, to the hands of the resistance.
Furthermore, the Empire was crippled by the continuous expense on increasingly complex Death Stars and buggy software: The emperor demanded a new appropriation every few months.
At the end, that promising warrior gone to the dark side, voiced by that well known black actor, is betrayed by the emperor - but we all knew that was coming.

Posted by: Camilo at May 6, 2004 09:02 AM

Puff puff give, Camilo! You're fucking up the rotation!

Posted by: Kevin at May 6, 2004 10:15 AM

Let us now raise our voices in song: Monty Python's "Every Sperm Is Sacred."

Posted by: John Anderson at May 6, 2004 10:36 AM
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