[FoRK] What Is Human? Ugh...
k-elliott at wiu.edu
Mon Mar 1 09:25:56 PST 2004
At 22:15 +0000 on 2/26/04, Russell Turpin wrote:
>>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. ..
>No, that's just another example of the innate hypocrisy
>of their views. They complain about hundreds of zygotes
>at a fertility clinic, because they oppose what's being
>done there. The same protestors have no concern at all
>about the hundreds of millions of zygotes lost naturally.
Oh please. I don't think abortion should be illegal, but I also
don't think failing to stop "the massive death toll" of unimplanted
zygotes is hypocrisy. Shall I list a couple reasons?
1) failing to stop a natural process that results in death is not in
the same category as trying to prevent the deliberate actions of
third parties that result in death. To put it in simple terms:
Suicide != Murder
2) Deciding which medical technology/advances to support is a
question of economics and best outcome, not simply morality. As you
rightly pointed out, zygotes that fail to implant have a very high
incidence of birth defect and thus less chance of life success.
We're better off figuring out how to treat the birth defects of the
babies that survive implantation, BEFORE we figure out how to
increase implantation rates. Perhaps the pro-lifer's should mourn
those poor zygotes deaths, but they are probably making the moral
choice by focusing on those children who managed to implant. It's
...and I'm sure with a bit more effort I can dream up a few more...
Your ideas might sound a bit more sensible if you used a little more
thought and a bit less zealotry.
Arguing with an engineer is like wrestling with a pig in mud.
After a while, you realize the pig is enjoying it.
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