Human sacrifice in pursuit of eternal youth
We've already slipped down the slippery slope. This is precisely what happens when unlimited stem cell research is allowed. There must be ethical limits placed on the deliberate creation or destruction of fetuses for any research. Those who extoll the supposed virtues and promise of stem cells and seek to portray those who urge caution as religious zealots must examine their own consciences. When does it become immoral to create human life in order to destroy it for the benefit of other humans? And why is it any more ethical to destroy human life even for serious conditions and diseases? Is my life worth more than that of another human being? Why don't we give birth to babies specifically to harvest their organs or other useful parts? What is to prevent us from creating an entire class of humans just for the purpose of spare parts? The Chinese are already doing it.
The Medicine Men
[...]In a News of the Day announcement on August 17, 2001, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons discussed a new abuse of stem cells.
Exclusive clinics in various worldwide locations are offering face lifts and cosmetic procedures using tissues from aborted fetuses and stem cells from human embryos. The cells are said to rejuvenate the skin.
The optimum age of the fetus is 8 to 12 weeks. Reportedly, women in poor nations are paid up to $200 to carry a baby until the appropriate time for "harvesting" the cells.
U.K. stem-cell researcher Colin Blakemore told the London Daily Mail that the therapies are "highly experimental" and could damage the reputation of legitimate researchers.
It seems distasteful, but thousands of women have already done it and it is organized by a seemingly respectable British clinic and carried out in Rotterdam, Holland, where rules regarding stem-cell therapies are less strict.
The clinics, many of which are located in tourist destinations, are unregulated by any international body. There are 50 clinics in Moscow, including the Cellulite Clinic. Complications are hushed up, Blakemore said.
"This savage and repulsive 'brave new world' of human sacrifices in the quest for eternal youth is a prime example of the end results when all moral boundaries are destroyed," said Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse of Concerned Women for America. (Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com 8/8/06).
In sum, is this not part of a larger moral precipice of whole trafficking in humans, human parts (Chinese organ transplants, etc.), cloning for desirable features, prostitution and a lucrative underground in aborted fetuses and stem cells from human embryos? What next - the use of fertility drugs to create more embryos and thus get more bang for the black market buck?
Abuses such as these should strongly encourage the nation and world to rethink and re-debate the controversial new world of stem-cell research.