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…

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…

Criticism of Germline Editing Experiment Misses the Mark

Widespread criticism followed the late 2018 reports that researcher He Jiankui had edited the genes of twin girls who were then born. The criticisms betray an ominous, persistent flaw in the current state of bioethics and scientific norms. He Jiankui’s experiment is a radical leap forward for genetic technologies that threaten human nature, not only…

Threat to Human Life Takes a Giant Leap Forward

“I see it as one of those moments that happens once every few decades, where someone does something that so dramatically changes the landscape that the world will never be the same again.” ~ William Hurlbut, Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University Medical Center’s Department of Neurobiology (CNN, 12/1/2018) A recent development in genetic enhancement…