Category archives: Life & Bioethics

Eugenics, U.S.A.

by Jared Bridges

March 26, 2007

What do gay British men do when they want a designer baby? They pay a visit to their Uncle Sam, of course. A shortage of donor eggs and surrogate mothers in the United Kingdom has prompted some infertile gay couples to buy “designer babies” from a Los Angeles clinic:

DOZENS of gay British men have paid about 33,000 to create a baby of their chosen sex on an IVF programme for two-father families.

Nearly 20 male couples from this country have already taken part in the scheme, in which they pay for eggs from a university student which are then implanted in a different woman who bears the child.

The Fertility Institutes, the clinic in Los Angeles which runs the programme, said it had also received 25 inquiries by last week from male couples in Britain thinking of paying for surrogate children.

These $65,000 children come highly customized. Here’s clinic director Dr Jeffrey Steinberg:

On our programme, to be an egg donor, it is a requirement that you are between 18 to 27 years old and that you are currently at a university. Couples worry about the family history, and if there is a social marker of stability and achievement it is probably success at a university. University students are not interested in carrying the baby for themselves or anyone else.

The surrogates, on the other hand, are very interested in carrying the baby but, a lot of the time, they are blue-collar and not of the best of the selection [for eggs]. If we separate them we get the best egg donors and the best women to carry the babies, which is the perfect combination.

That’s right, it’s only the best for British gay dads. It’s a good thing that Dr. Steinberg is seeing to it that these “blue collar” types who continually pollute the gene pool are only used to do the “manual labor” of making a baby. Who knows what type of people we would end up with if the proletariat produced any offspring?

Of the myriad of tragedies associated with this program, one is that the children end up with a (white-collar) donor mother and a (blue collar) surrogate mother whom they will likely never know. Two “dads” simply don’t measure up to a mom. Add to this the dangers involved with IVF-PGD, and a program that touts the creation of new life can quickly become a recipe for destruction.

Miss World Runway Clears Pregnant Winner For Takeoff

by Tony Perkins

March 26, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

At the Miss World beauty pageant, God may have already saved the queen. Earlier this month, when the winner of the Miss World beauty pageant, Miss Jamaica, realized she was pregnant out of wedlock, she announced it to contest organizers. According to reports, pageant officials pressured Sara Lawrence to have an abortion, saying that she couldnt keep her crown and a baby. Somehow they rationalized that carrying the child to term would harm the tradition of the pageantyet taking an innocent life would not. Still Lawrence said she would give up her title and face up to her responsibilities. Saying she doesnt believe in abortion, Lawrence said, Its my moral obligation to do whats right. This week, pageant officials decided to let Lawrence keep her throne. But parents are hoping that shell keep her commitment toonot just as a model, but as a role model. Even though shes made some pretty big mistakes, family groups are asking Lawrence to use her testimony to promote abstinence. If she agrees, this pageant queen could make a real difference in the lives of teenagers. And thats the real beauty of it.

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SC: They Bring Good Things to Life

by Tony Perkins

March 23, 2007

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in South Carolina, it could also be worth a thousand lives. This week, while I was in South Carolina speaking at North Greenville University, the state House passed a groundbreaking bill that which would require women who are considering an abortion to see an ultrasound of their unborn child. The measure passed by a 68-vote margin. The legislation now heads to the state Senate for approval, and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) has indicated that he’ll sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

The legislation would be Planned Parenthood’s worst nightmare. For years, ignorance has been bliss for the abortion industry. They believe that sex education, even for pre-teens, should “show it all,” but throw a developing baby into the mix and they rush for the lens cover. This proposal gives women the opportunity to see their babies face to face, discover their reality, and then make an informed decision.

Mobile Ultrasounds: Reinventing The Wheel

by Tony Perkins

March 22, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

A picture may be worth a thousand words—but it could also be worth a thousand lives. At least that’s what Chris Slattery is counting on. For years, he’s used ultrasound machines in crisis pregnancy centers to persuade women not to have abortions. In 22 years, he says more than 8,000 women have decided to keep their babies because of the technology. Now his group, Expectant Mother Care, is using a motor home with an ultrasound machine to drive the pro-life message home. Next month, he plans to park the unit in front of New Jersey’s biggest abortion clinic. The idea has upset groups like Planned Parenthood. After all, ignorance has been bliss for the abortion industry. In their opinion, the less women see of their babies, the better. But if moms have a right to choose, then they also have a right to know all the facts. Usually, what you see is what you get. And in this case, that’s a life!

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Abortion Sympathy Cards Too Close For Comfort

by Tony Perkins

March 21, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

In the abortion debate, liberals always have a card up their sleeve. And this time, they mean it. Last week, an abortion organization called Exhale released a line of e-cards that comfort women whove had abortions. According to a spokesman, the six cards give friends and family a chance to honor and acknowledge someones experience. But there’s nothing honorable about ending an innocent child’s life. The cards say things like I think you did the right thing and There are no words to express my sympathy for your loss. But the real question is whether people should be sending sympathy cards in the first place. After all, these moms arent just victims of the procedure, they’re also victims of pro-choice propaganda. And offering condolences only strengthens the argument that the fetus was a person in the first place. What women really need aren’t empty verses, but the word of life. We should give these moms our support, but if liberals are trying to celebrate abortion with these cards, I hope Exhale isnt holding its breath.

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What’s Up, Doc?

by Tony Perkins

March 21, 2007

As the Senate weighs a bill forcing taxpayers to pay for research that requires the killing of human embryos, one of the president’s top scientists suddenly jumped ship on the administration’s policy in order to support the legislation. With a vote just weeks away, Dr. Elias Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), raised eyebrows with the timing of his endorsement, particularly since he has defended the administration’s stance in the past. To the Senate Appropriations Health Subcommittee, Zerhouni said, “It is clear today that American science will be better-served, and the nation will be better-served, if we let our scientists have access to more stem cell lines… I think it is important for us not to fight with one hand tied behind out back, and NIH is key to that.”

However, in his bold pitch for taxpayer money, Zerhouni neglected to justify the need for more embryonic stem cell (ESC) lines. Have there been so many advances with the 22 current lines that scientists can legitimize new ones? If Zerhouni is requesting taxpayer money from the Senate—in addition to the $40 million NIH spent last year on the project—then the least he could do is provide a record of ESC research advances and a detailed list of what cannot be done without new lines.

The reality is, 85% of the world’s embryonic studies use President Bush’s approved lines, and the NIH is waiting to distribute 3,000 shipments of cells derived from them. In the past, Zerhouni has said these lines are sufficient. What’s changed? Dr. Zerhouni also downplayed the promise of adult stem cells, saying that their potential is “overstated.” As the nation’s top scientist, Zerhouni should know that patients are using adult stem cell alternatives to treat over 70 diseases. We have personally met patients who are reaping the benefits of adult stem cells in therapies for sickle cell anemia, heart disease, leukemia and other diseases. That is progress, not speculation.

Evangelical Bioethics and the Web

by Jared Bridges

March 19, 2007

In case you missed it, Joe Carter, FRC’s Director of Web Communications (and managing editor of this blog), was profiled over the weekend in the Washington Post in an article entitled “Evangelical Bioethics and the Web” by WP religion reporter Michelle Boorstein. It’s a good look not only at Joe, but also on how the internet can be a forum for the some of the most important bioethical issues facing us today.

Go read it now.

Switching Sides On Sudden Death

by Tony Perkins

March 19, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

In the assisted suicide debate, pro-lifers are grieving the loss of a big ally. Last week, the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine released a statement on euthanasia that pro-lifers are calling a grave mistake. After years of opposing doctor-assisted suicide, the association announced that from now on, itll be neutral on the issue. For a group that was founded to promote dying with dignity, the announcement runs counter to everything they stand for. After all, doctors shouldnt be licensed to kill, but to cure. Some are calling the new policy cowardly, especially since it gives members the permission to practice euthanasia without punishing them for it. If the group was founded to respect life, they should respect it to the very end. Otherwise, its a slippery slope for a community called to do no harm. In the end, hospice was created to help end painnot lives. And as the association should know, a persons last rights should include life.

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California Stem Cell Programs Told To Watch Their Waste Line

by Tony Perkins

March 13, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

If youre a supporter of embryonic stem cell research, I can think of three billion reasons why you should reconsider. And theyre called taxpayer dollars. In California, state auditors are discovering that scientists are more concerned about the royal treatment than finding treatments. A new report says the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is wasting thousands of dollars on perks. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the agency thats responsible for $3 billion in research grants overspent on hired drivers, expensive plane tickets, and catered meals. The audit also found mistakes and inconsistencies in setting salaries. Unfortunately, Californians are getting what they paid forand in this case, thats not much. Despite the big push for fundsin Congress and the statesthis report raises some serious questions. After all, if we cant trust scientists with our money, why should we trust them with a cure?

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Wrongful Life: A Worst ‘Case’ Scenario

by Tony Perkins

March 9, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

A Boston woman has decided that she doesnt want to raise children, she wants to raise support. In 2004, she had an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Or so she thought. The procedure wasnt done correctly and, unbeknownst to Jennifer, she was still pregnant. When she went to a hospital with pelvic pain, they realized she was still carrying the baby. Now shes suing Planned Parenthood for wrongful birth. Essentially, this moms saying that because she never wanted the baby, she should be paid for raising her. But why not put the child up for adoption instead of dragging the little girl through all this? Jennifers seeking damages for her daughters birthbut what about the damage shes doing to the little girl who hears over and over again that she should have never been born? Life is a gift, and the law should promote life and the court should protect itnot reward those who want to destroy it.

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