LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The debate on whether or not to
"harvest" stem cells from already
"created" human embryos has lead us to the debate on producing human
embryos by cloning and growing these human embryos to provide embryonic
cells or parts for use by other living people.
The devaluation of human life began insidiously through birth
control, especially that which allowed fertilization or the beginning of
a new life to occur, but prevented implantation (the IUD, the "pill")
Abortion then followed as the "back up" for the destruction of unwanted,
but already conceived, human life. As time went on and human life became
more expendable; abortions skyrocketed to over a million and a half a
year in the United States alone. In the name of "medical science", the
devaluation of human life continues. The next step, euthanasia, is now
legal in Oregon. It has come as one more "choice" - that will kill.
Eventually the killing will involve no choice at all - as the innocent,
voiceless unborn child is now killed by abortion. Euthanasia will be
legally and automatically performed for
certain medical conditions labelled "terminal" (i.e. certain cancers and
stages of cancer, final stages of other diseases) to free up hospital
beds already in need.
Human life has become property. It is expendable and its value is
subject to change. Legally, unborn human life has less protection
than the egg of a bald eagle.
What are a few more embryos, used and discarded by the
scientific/medical community, when embryos and fetuses have been killed
by the millions for decades? In the future, if any human life is found
to be less than "perfect" or unwanted for any reason at any stage of
life, that life will be a candidate for legal destruction. If this
seems unreal to you, take a look at how far down the "slippery slope"
we've descended - and the depths to which we will continue to descend
by playing God. Abortion, scientifically creating and killing human
embryos and euthanasia are clearly acts against humanity - physically,
morally and spiritually.
Sincerely, Christina Stoner, R.N.
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