Thursday, June 23, 2005

Are you a stem cell extremist too?

A Stem Cell Manifesto

First and most importantly, we believe that life begins at conception. At that moment a unique and irreplaceable human being comes into existence. Though it is much smaller than the period at the end of this sentence, it contains within itself the capacity for all the qualities that we deem valuable in the human person. Nothing need be added to that life, it only needs to be given the time to grow.

Secondly, we believe that we have a moral obligation to alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters. We are obligated to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the imprisoned by virtue of our shared humanity; however, as noble and necessary as those ends are they do not justify the use of any means. The destruction of human life, even for the purpose of saving human life, is a grave injustice.

Thirdly, we believe that suffering is part of the human condition. In a very real and tangible way, suffering will always be with us. Suffering and love are intimately tied together – man is pulled out of himself through the experience of both. There is a redemptive and powerful quality to suffering which must not be forgotten or whitewashed over, no matter how difficult it is to understand or accept.

Finally, it is important to keep in mind that science was made to serve man: man was not made to serve science. A science that is able to turn human life into a commodity, is a science that is at odds with basic human dignity. It has over stepped its boundary and become an idol demanding blood sacrifices.

If you believe any of these points then you too may be a stem cell extremist. Will you join me? Send an email with your blog address and I will add you to my sidebar. If you have a blog, won't you add my sticker to your sidebar?