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

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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…

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…

Twin Baby Girls Herald a New Threat to Personhood

(This post was originally published at the Personhood Alliance blog. Click here to see their blog.) Time has run out for casual debates over the morality of human genetic editing. A new advance in technology called CRISPR enables scientists to effectively attempt modifications of unborn individuals’ given nature by editing their genes. This development has…

Human Nature Is the Mystery of Genetic Evolution

In a recent article, Harvard biologist Mansi Srivastava was quoted as saying: “I can give you a list of genes that seem to be associated with an increase in complexity [of organisms], but at some level that’s not very powerful information. It can’t explain why a human looks like a human and a sponge looks…

Today’s Champions of Genetic Engineering are Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

A group of philosophers and bioethicists are aggressively promoting therapies that edit the genetic code in human beings. While seeming to offer moral justification for genetic editing of human DNA, their arguments ignite renewed zeal for the worst kind of tragedies experienced in the 20th century. The agenda of today’s champions of genetic editing is…

10 Reasons Why Reducing Suffering Doesn’t Justify Genetic Engineering

(This post was published in January 2019 at the Personhood Alliance blog. Click here to see their blog.) 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…

Parenting rights, disability, and human nature

I recently came across a report from the National Council on Disability, which is a U.S. government agency that evaluates and advocates for enhancement of the lives of persons with disabilities. The report outlines the various difficulties that people with disabilities wrestle with in giving birth to and retaining custody of children. The report brings…

Human nature reveals itself in beauty and becoming

In late 2017, the magazine Are We Europe revealed an inspirational story about a homeless man who spread love and good cheer among the people of Bristol, England. He achieved this while selling a magazine published for homeless people who want to earn an income. “Whoever meets Jeff in person doesn’t forget him easily. With…