Objections to Genetic Engineering of Human Embryos

Unpredictable and reckless. Kills unborn human beings. Not compassionate medicine or therapy. Causes despair. Imposes unwarranted parental control. Pursues a fantasy of perfection. Loss of respect for human dignity. Vast increase in government powers. Objections to Genetic Engineering of Human Embryos: Unpredictable and Reckless It is important to note that the content of this website…

Genetic Engineering of Human Embryos Will Not Meet Catholic Guidelines

Genetic engineering and Catholic teaching are a poor match when applied to human embryos. It is hardly therapeutic, kills unborn children, and causes extreme spiritual crises. The document Dignitas Personae states that the form of genetic engineering that is germline engineering (i.e., applied to human embryos) is immoral, in its current state. “Finally it must…

10 Reasons Why Reducing Suffering Doesn’t Justify Genetic Engineering

The experience of suffering has been a consistent and primary phenomenon in the history of the human species.   It seems clear that human nature involves an extraordinary drive to relieve our suffering. Our bodies avoid physical and psychical pain. Our minds seek to escape despair and depression. Our personal psychologies drive us to resolve…

ProLifers’ Update on Genetic Engineering: GENETIC HEART ATTACK

Did you know that mammals similar to humans, like chimpanzees, also suffer from problems like hypertension and bad cholesterol? They rarely have heart attacks, and almost never from atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). Yet one-third of deaths among human beings are caused by atherosclerosis. Interesting? The reason seems to be a lack of one particular gene in…

ProLifer’s Update on Genetic Engineering: OUTRAGEOUS GOVERNMENT FUNDED VIDEO

“Create the perfect human being … that’s pretty cool.” Right? While others in the video indicate disagreement, the propaganda damage has been done. And it goes on and on. A video by the U.S. government-funded (85%) National Academy of Sciences is reportedly suggesting that genetic engineering of human embryos – the so-called “designer babies” –…

ProLifer’s Update: BOLD RESPONSE FROM NATL CATHOLIC BIOETHICS CTR AND CATHOLIC MED ASSN

The Ethics Committee of the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) and the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) have jointly produced a very well-written document regarding genetic engineering of human embryos. Their comments reflect a more authentic, Christian morality in evaluating such procedures and their associated research. Such a public stance from a Christian perspective is very…

ProLifers’ Update on Genetic Engineering: PUTIN BABIES ARE COMING

Denis Rebrikov, a biochemist who is also rector of a prestigious Russian institute, is thumbing his nose at all of these people who question the ethics of genetic engineering of unborn human beings. In a recent Bloomberg article, he is reported to have said the following: “Everyone is just yammering.” Perfecting germline editing is like…

ProLifers’ Update on Genetic Engineering: OFF SWITCH FOR HIV

The field of genetic engineering is fascinating. Researchers seem to have discovered a gene called HEAL that, when “switched off” (silenced) or deleted, actually defeats the ability of the virus HIV to replicate. That is, researchers have found an “off” switch for the virus that causes AIDS. While pharmaceutical companies have developed medicines that do…

ProLifers’ Update on Genetic Engineering: ARTIFICIAL EMBRYOS

This is a disturbing topic for anyone who treasures human life. Researchers are now “coaxing” human stem cells, in the lab, to grow into beings that are similar to a human embryo. What? They are creating living beings out of human cells that have the ability to grow into any portion of the human body….

ProLifers’ Update on Genetic Engineering: NEW BEEF WITH GENETICS

We hear almost every day about research breakthroughs in genetic engineering, with promises of all the amazing ways that we can alter human embryos to prevent inherited “disorders” and disabilities as well as enhance desired traits. How often do we hear about the ridiculous assumptions behind those claims? Well, the cows are here to tell…

ProLifer’s Update on Genetic Engineering: HARMLESS BUT HARMFUL

The Scientist recently shared a story about the immense complexity of understanding how combinations of genes affect a person and inherited diseases. This is information you won’t hear anything about from the advocates of genetic engineering of embryonic human beings. Technology like CRISPR now enables researchers to quickly and cost-efficiently identify ways that various genes…

ProLifers’ Update on Genetic Engineering: EXTREME INBREEDING

A new study of about 450,000 human genomes found “extreme inbreeding” among the individuals. For pro-lifers, it is a cautionary indication against rosy pictures of genetic engineering of human embryos. The scientific community and its secular advocates suggest there is little reason to eventually (“eventually” is interpreted variously and not embraced by all) engage in…

ProLifers’ Update on Genetic Engineering: PROMINENT JOURNAL DEBATE

The Journal of Medical Ethics, Issue 45 (2019) recently featured several articles in which authors debated the morality of genetic engineering of human embryos (often termed “heritable genetic editing” because such manipulation will influence future generations). Great! Right? It’s good to see moral discussion of the issue. It’s not so great, however, to see the…

ProLifers’ Update on Genetic Engineering: CURE FOR HIV AND CANCER?

The Chinese have engaged aggressively in genetic engineering on born and unborn persons, with some significant ethical violations. One ongoing experiment attempted to use genetic engineering to cure an adult who was afflicted with both HIV and leukemia. They appear to have had some success; the leukemia is in full remission after two years, although…

Toying with Human Nature

We human beings have always played around with our nature. But there is a point where the playing goes too far. We like to alter our physical bodies, whether to make ourselves more attractive (hair color, Botox, body building) or to express our uniqueness and personal sense of beauty (tattoos, nose rings, beards and mustaches)….

Manufactured Babies Are Coming

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The Progressive Plot to Impose Genetic Enhancements

Please see my new article at American Thinker: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/07/the_progressive_plot_to_impose_genetic_enhancements_.html 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Tweet Follow us Share Share Share Share Share

Your Suffering Is Always Meaningful

(This post first appeared at Catholic Stand.) In whatever I might know about life, there are two truths that have helped me to deal with suffering. They have many times given me the courage to live. The first truth is that life has meaning It might not be easy to put into words, and maybe…

Eugenics Goes Into Hyperdrive

by Christopher M. Reilly This article was published by Human Life Review in Summer, 2018. HLR has the copyright, so this may NOT be reprinted or republished elsewhere. This is only for the blog readers at HumanPreservation.org. We live in an age of radical individualism in the West. Our people revel in the consumer products…

Last Gasps of Abortion at the Supreme Court

This article first appeared on Catholic Stand on June 28, 2019. Yes, he did it. In a majority legal opinion issued in May, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas put a stick in the middle of the pro-abortion beehive, and advocates for abortion rights are buzzing madly. What did he do? Thomas wrote a 20-page,…

The Eugenics Issue Is Not about Liberty

This article appeared at MercatorNet on 6/28/2019, under the title “Yes, abortion is historically linked to eugenics”. Charts used in the 1920s at a Kansas Free Fair show types of marriage. Advocates for abortion rights are claiming that a recent legal opinion of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, which described abortion as a tool of…

Artificial Human Embryos Are Coming Soon

How do you perform unlimited, unregulated experiments on thousands of human beings? Create them in a lab. No I’m not talking here about conceiving human beings in a lab. That has been done for decades in IVF, during which multiple embryos are conceived, but only one escapes death or indefinite freezing. It has also been…

16 Reasons Genetic Engineering is Reckless

The public is not hearing about the full consequences and moral tragedy of genetic engineering of human embryos and genome editing (or germline editing) of future generations. We are understandably excited about new technologies. This fast-developing science makes it possible to re-design and manufacture human beings soon after the beginning of life. There are many…

(Blog) $1.5 million cost for gene therapy

A recent news story tells how a family paid $1.5 million to have a gene therapy developed that would save their child afflicted by a very rare genetic disorder. Quite a number of parents have paid for new therapies because the researchers and drug companies are not financially motivated to produce therapies for just a…

Objection: Unpredictable and reckless

READ MORE: Genetic science is still a mystery and will produce dangerous, unintended effects. It is important to note that the content of this website focuses on genetic engineering of human embryos, not of born children or adults. The kind of genetic engineering performed on embryos, which is soon after their creation, is likely to…

Objection: Kills unborn human beings.

READ MORE: In both research and the procedures, genetic engineering of embryos kills unborn human beings. LINKS TO RELATED TOPICS (click on any topic to go to that page)Christian teaching on the dignity of unborn human beings.Christian teaching on killing and murder.Jesus’ commandment to love. Genetic engineering kills unborn human beings, as does germline editing,…

Objection: Not compassionate medicine or therapy

READ MORE: The procedure does not treat a patient, but alters raw material (perceived) to create a future person. Researchers engaged in genetic engineering of human embryos, and the bioethics scholars who provide justification, suggest that genetic engineering and medicine have the same goal of compassionate, therapeutic intervention to reduce the suffering of a person….

Objection: Causes despair

READ MORE: The new person is likely to suffer in their self-image, identity, and relationships. What is personal identity? Christian insight into the truth of personal identity Genetic engineering and personal identity when enhancing human embryos Genetic engineering and personal identity when enhancing abilities Genetic engineering and personal identity when enhancing physical traits WHAT IS…

Objection: Imposes parental control

READ MORE: Parents impose their preferences and ideas of perfection that distort the lifetime identity of a new person who never consented. Fast-developing technologies and therapies in the genetic sciences require that our society face some crucial moral questions about parental rights in genetic engineering of human embryos: Do parents have a moral right to…

Objection: Pursues a fantasy of perfection

READ MORE: Advocates and parents try to approach a perfection that is imagined and not the fulfillment of human nature. Genetic engineering and the goal of perfection Improvement necessarily implies perfection Perfection through genetic engineering of human embryos Dominion over nature doesn’t justify perfection of human beings GENETIC ENGINEERING AND THE GOAL OF PERFECTION Scientists,…