On Friday when I was at home cleaning and packing before our big move, I stopped for a break and put on the TV. A show on SBS called 'Insight'
was discussing therapeutic cloning of human embryos
for stem cell research, I was astounded and concerned by what I heard. Now before I get started:
I do not profess to totally and fully understanding the ins and outs of this issue by any means, this was the first time I have actually heard it discussed and debated, AND I am not someone who currently has any disease or sickness which might at some point in the future benefit from the potential research scientists might be able to do from this process.
I believe that life starts at conception therefore I DO NOT condone the creating of a human life to then destroy it. All life that God has created is valuable and created in his image, it is not be be manufactured for scientific purposes and then disregarded. As I have said before God knew he was going to create each one of us before we were even a twinkle in our parents eye AND he knits us together in our mother's womb. He cares profoundly about us and longs to know us personally.For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16
Another thing I found totally disturbing is that one of the professors in the UK where this process is legal was asked about how they propose on getting enough embryos to do the necessary research. Many eggs would be required to do this. He said that this is an issue and one of the ways they are combating this is by offering IVF treatment to couples at a discount IF they offer some of the eggs produced to their embryonic stem cell research. Now IVF is a whole other discussion and again I am not in a situation where this applies to me (currently having no children I don't think it does) BUT manipulating people who are in a sad and desperate situation who long for children but can't have them, may mean they compromise their position on this so they can afford to undergo IVF, I think this is outrageous.
This is currently not a legal procedure in Australia but it is in other parts of the world, but I believe there is some discussion as to whether embryonic stem cell research should become legal here.
I just feel very passionately about this and wanted to express my concern and my opinion on this issue. As I said previously I know very little on this subject but what I do know I cannot ignore.
I happen to agree with both of these quotes:
"Life is present from the moment of conception."
- Dr. Jerome Lejeune, late professor and world renowned geneticist,University of Descarte, Paris
"A person's a person, no matter how small!"
- from "Horton Hears a Who," by Dr. Seuss, late famous children's author