[FoRK] What Is Human? Ugh...
Gregory Alan Bolcer
gbolcer at endeavors.com
Thu Feb 26 13:59:52 PST 2004
They do. You don't remember the UCI fertility clinic
scandal? They were set to destroy all thousands upon
thousands of frozen fertilized eggs, and they had a large
effort to get them to infertile couples in need. There
were all sorts of injunctions including one woman who
sued to stop based on claim.
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Russell Turpin wrote:
> The irony is that no one -- not even the most
> ardent pro-lifers -- take seriously the notion that
> early zygotes are people. If they did, then they
> would view zygotic failure to implant as the
> single largest cause of human death, exceeding
> all other causes combined, and as a consequence
> (a) there would be massive efforts, manifest as
> charities, and study grants, and research
> foundations to stop this, even though it meant
> that we would thereby greatly increase the
> incidence of serious birth defects (but since the
> defective zygote already IS a person, that's the
> right thing), (b) churches would routinely bury
> and give sacraments over the menstrual flow of
> any congregant recently pregnant, (c) would-be
> parents would similarly name it and create
> memorials to it, etc.
> It's all a bunch of nonsense, of course. But it
> is the only logical conclusion from the idiocy
> that a person begins at conception, which
> itself stems from the idiocy that there is some
> magical, qualitative notion of "soul."
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