THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS?
Former Pres Clinton was recently on Larry King and interviewed by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent. Clinton was defending Obama’s Embryonic Stem Cell Research position. He suggests that embryos are not fertilized and therefore there is no moral issue. His “slip of the tongue” occurred 6 times in the interview with Gupta.
To what end?
There is a discernable “…ideological push, whether it is coming from scientists or from President Clinton, to convince Americans that the idea of leftover embryos are somehow different, they don’t have moral value because they haven’t been implanted in the womb, and now this idea that they haven’t been fertilized.” (Father Thomas Berg, L.C., Executive Director for the Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person)
Here are some of his disconcerting quotes from his interview with Dr. Gupta:
- “…if [embryos] are never going to be used to be fertilized, to bring a life into being, then I think making them available for medical research is the pro-life position and I honestly don’t understand — I would understand it if we were going and raiding stem cell banks, where these stem cells were going to be used to actually fertilize eggs and have babies.”
- ‘…If it’s obvious that we’re not taking embryos that can under any conceivable scenario would be used for a process that would allow them to be fertilized and become little babies…then I think the American people will support this.”
Dr. Gupta did not comment on the president’s error. (If you can figure out what he is saying, please let me know.)
Clinton further tried to justify his position, saying the research should proceed
- “because [these embryos] are not going to be fertilized.”
He then tried to characterize Obama’s decision as a pro-life policy, adding:
- “I believe the American people believe it’s a pro-life decision to use an embryo that’s frozen and never going to be fertilized for embryonic stem cell research…”
Later in the interview, President Clinton advised President Obama and his scientific committees
- “to be really careful to make sure if they don’t want a big storm to be stirred up here, that any of the embryos that are used clearly have been placed beyond the pale of being fertilized before their use.”
This is further evidence of the eugenics movement coming full circle.
To all of my friends who disregard the principles that such groups as Planned Parenthood were founded upon and who buy the justification of abortion divorced from the motivation of creating a better human race, removing the unwanted (Down Syndrome babies, etc.) and the racist tendencies of limiting minority births (which has decimated the black population in the US – 30% of which has been aborted since legalizing abortion), and dismiss the idea of commodification of children through abortion, IVF and genetics, this recent foray into Embryonic Stem Cell research is hard to ignore.
- “it’s part and parcel with this move to coax and cajole Americans into getting comfortable with the idea to sacrificing embryos, as their argument goes ‘are going to die anyway’.”
(Fr.) Berg further warned of a growing tolerance for using human beings as raw materials for scientific research, “This is certainly setting the stage for the ever more aggressive and scientifically daring use of human embryos and even early fetuses, primarily for growing organs and other useful tissues. There’s no doubt in my mind, even though it’s hush-hush, the scientific community will be ever more aggressive in using human embryos for research purposes.”
Arguments advocating unlimited scientific inquiry, Berg warned, “evoke memories of America and Germany in the late 1930s, the fascination with eugenics, and the idea that if you leave science to itself we can improve the human race. If we’re faithful to history, we’ll find that often takes us to a place where we would rather not go.”
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