Thursday, October 19, 2006

Missouri to Vote on Nazi Eugenics Law

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League points out the obvious when it comes to stem cell research. I will admit that most of this goes over my head, but when the citizens of Missouri go to vote on November 7, they will be offered an opportunity to violate the Nuremberg Code by allowing 'experimental cloning'. In convoluted language, the amendment to the Missouri constitution will protect all forms of stem cell research allowable under federal law. Reading the fine print says otherwise.
The initiative says that 'No person may clone or attempt to clone a human being.' But when the fine print is read, it actually allows for therapeutic cloning. . . 'What therapeutic cloning does is to create a human embryo for the purpose of extracting stem cells, and in doing so it kills the embryo. However, in Missouri the conversation has not been about therapeutic cloning' it has been about 'somatic cell nuclear transfer' (that's the Orwellian euphemism preferred by the Stowers Institute, the financial source of almost all the $29 million spent on this stealth campaign). As bioethicist Wesley J. Smith has written, 'biologically, the act of human cloning is asexual reproduction performed via somatic cell nuclear transfer, or SCNT. This act of cloning culminates in the creation of a new human embryo.' 'Researcher William L. Saunders has said that SCNT, or what he calls 'experimental cloning,' violates the Nuremberg Code. He is correct: Article 5 bars experiments 'where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur'. 'Because SCNT deliberately creates life for the purpose of destroying and harvesting it, it violates the Nuremberg Code. Hopefully, Missourians will not be fooled.'
Article 5 of the Nuremberg Code states "No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects." Basically this begins to wade into 'when a human is human' debate. For Catholics it's plain and simple. In bizarro world it depends who speak with, ie, relativism at its worse. To read more about his vote click here. To read the Nuremberg Code click here. (Hat Tip: Catholic League) UPDATED: A commercial that responds to Michael J. Fox's attempt to sell killing humans will be shown during the World Series. To view the video click here.


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