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…

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,…

Objection: Loss of respect for human dignity

READ MORE: Genetic engineering of embryos will cause an unprecedented loss of respect for human life, dignity, and rights. Human Nature Carries a Special DignityEach of us believes in our heart that we are a unique, unrepeatable person who deserves respect from others, even if it’s only in our most basic rights. To have personal…

Objection: Vast increase in government powers

READ MORE: Government regulation and enforcement of genetic enhancements are inevitable in an increasingly managed society. In a world where many powerful or largely supported groups advocate forced population control such as China’s one-child policy and abortion-inducing vaccines in Africa, extensive restrictions on individual choices for environmental control, and decreasing freedoms to act according to…