Human Beings or Lab Rats?

LifeSiteNews.com has an interesting and upsetting article reporting on new legislation that’s been tabled in New South Wales that would allow therapeutic cloning. Archbishop Cardinal George Pell has been vocal on the matter, speaking out against the legislation:

To produce a human embryo with the express purpose of destroying it for research—as if it were a lab rat—is a perverse new direction for human experimentation.

No Catholic politician—indeed, no Christian or person with respect for human life—who has properly informed his conscience about the facts and ethics in this area should vote in favour of this immoral legislation.

You can read the full article here.

There are some other articles which are less decidedly pro-life than LifeSiteNews.com. The one caution though with how the mainstream media treats the issue is how they focus on the Cardinal’s position in the Church. It is true the he is speaking especially to Catholics, but he’s not making an argument that “God says so” or anything like that. The argument that this legislation is unethical – that human embryos should not be treated as medical raw material – is an argument that everyone, no matter their religion or lack thereof, needs to seriously consider. Human embryos are indeed unique human lives, unique human beings in their earliest and most vulnerable stages. Anyone who believes that humans lives should not be raw material for experimentation should be in serious opposition to this legislation.

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