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December 16, 2006

Despite Being a Godless Heathen That Is Against Banning Abortion I Too Find This a Tragedy, Forever Confounding the Stupid Among You

The BBC is reporting evidence of baby-trafficking in Ukraine in order to harvest stem cells:

Healthy new-born babies may have been killed in Ukraine to feed a flourishing international trade in stem cells, evidence obtained by the BBC suggests.

Disturbing video footage of post-mortem examinations on dismembered tiny bodies raises serious questions about what happened to them.

If true, it's a horrific crime and those involved should be punished severely. Although many right-to-lifers think it impossible, I find this to be a tragedy, even though I'm a middle-of-the-road pro-choice atheist.

Naturally, these same pro-lifers are shouting "told you so!"

Well, here is the nightmare scenario that every right to life, Conservative has warned about when a society so disrespects life that it begins harvesting human cells and parts for “science” and medicine.
Let's see... "harvesting human cells and parts for 'science' and medicine" would include willing organ/marrow donation, pre- and post-mortem, as well as simple acts like blood donation. Wow, who knew that modern society's disrespect for life is responsible for all of that? Somebody shut down the Red Cross and pronto! Strip me of my organ donor card!

I don't think the writer really intended such a blanket condemnation, but then "writing for clarity" is a skill lacking in many.

Now, let us engage in a moment of thought about the matter:

Humans have been disrespecting the lives of other humans throughout history. In fact, a number of groups of humans have made up origin myths and holy books that tell of their wonderful explots disrespecting other humans on the order of their God. From conquest to slavery to everyday murder, humanity has always had its share of individuals willing to see others as only a means to an end; Roe v Wade, I'm pretty sure, didn't grandfather itself back through all of recorded history and change the flow of time. As well, infanticide has been a trait of human cultures since people bothered to start writing about themselves.

I'm not saying this to justify such behaviors, but to point out that there will always be people among us capable of horrific crimes against their fellow man.

These crimes in Ukraine have nothing to do with embryonic stem cell research any more than armed robbery is the fault of the U.S. Mint for printing all that darn money.

Science is not the enemy (unless you're a creationist, in which case, yeah, maybe it is).

Posted by Andy at 11:12 AM