Judie Brown
The absurd results of techno-science
By Judie Brown
April 3, 2012

As scientific advances are made, nearly on a daily basis, scientists seem to be forgetting about the humanity inherent in people. If they can pioneer some new form of science, or "create" a person in a lab, then they are more than willing to do so — no matter the cost. Today's commentary addresses this and cautions us about the slippery slope we face when we begin to buy into this type of thinking. When people are treated as commodities, everyone suffers.

Many are the citations of late that expose a rampant increase in man's desire to deny scientific truth in favor of sham-science. This is perhaps most obvious in the matter of intrinsic human rights which, fundamentally, begin when a particular individual begins. Or not?

It depends on who is pontificating about that beginning, how the human being begins, and under what circumstances it is recognized. Is this happening because of ignorance or arrogance? You decide.

Let's begin in Jerusalem, where an American woman named Ellie Lavi recently gave birth to twin girls who were created in a fertility clinic. The two girls are very much alive and human but, according to the United States embassy in Tel Aviv, will not be recognized as United States citizens. The reason is that, according to an embassy staffer, the "children were not eligible for citizenship unless she [Ellie] could prove that the egg or sperm used to create the embryo was from an American citizen." If Ellie had adopted twin girls from Russia, for example, while in Israel, these children would have been eligible for U.S. citizenship.

The ethical questions surrounding the creation of these girls aside, it is clear that the law is not being updated in the reproductive technology arena. According to the Asian Journal's legal brief section, "One critic pointed out that Ellie has been punished for not knowing the rules and telling the truth to the embassy."

Then there's the disquieting case of California reproductive law attorneys, Theresa Erickson and Hilary Neiman, who plead guilty last year to charges involving surrogate motherhood and baby selling. The case was addressed most recently in Emily Beitiks' article, Illegal Surrogacy Operation the 'Tip of the Iceberg.'" Beitiks comes to the conclusion that more laws are needed to regulate this industry. I disagree. The fundamental problems that result from these cases have to do with the inability of lawmakers, ethicists, and others to see that the very idea of creating a human being in an artificial setting is itself the real crime. Clearly man is creating man in his own image and according to his own plan of action.

Let's be clear, headlines such as those cited above and a recent one entitled, "Fetal Body Parts Used for Research," are but examples of a much larger problem. That is the failure of scientists, ethicists, lawyers, and others to see that procreation is reserved for the marital act for a very good reason: Children are not property, they are not laboratory mice, and they are not technologically reproduced gobs of cells. They are human beings with intrinsic human rights who have a right to be brought into being within the sanctity of marriage. Period.

Sadly, even in pro-life circles the intricacies of this truth — not to mention the rights of children who come about due to asexual reproduction in natural situations and otherwise — are not only misunderstood, but avoided. Why else would a leading Catholic bioethicist suggest that fertilization is the earliest stage of the human zygote? There are two errors in this statement.

First, the Carnegie stages — the gold standard of human embryology — prove that, before the zygote can occur, stages 1(a) and 1(b) have to occur. Only then is the zygote fully formed.

Second, a human being can begin asexually both in the mother's body (i.e., identical twins) as well as in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) or assisted reproductive technology (ART) lab. This means that the use of the word "fertilization" is also an error.

It is inaccurate language like this that leads to confusion in the public mind and the abuse of terms. For example, the use of the term "fertilized egg" is scientific nonsense.

Reproductive technology continues to create ethical challenges not only for the children, but for the family and the culture itself. The wisdom of the Church needs to become the guide for the practice of sound scientific exploration. Until that time, we will continue to see more agony such as that suffered by a mother who innocently wishes only to have her children recognized as Americans.

The techno-children of today and future generations will be confronted again and again with serious problems. God's plan for the family avoids all this. It proves one more time that "the foolishness of God is wiser than men."

© Judie Brown


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