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400,000 human embryos

Discussion in 'The Lord's Table - Liberal Catholics' started by Mountain_Girl406, May 19, 2017.

  1. Mountain_Girl406

    Mountain_Girl406 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I saw a thread today about Pope Francis' comments speaking against using human embryos for research. The thread took the direction of reflection of the Pope's comments in the context of traditional /liberal/pro life... but it got me thinking, what is the proper/ethical thing to do with frozen viable human embryos.

    I did some looking, and in an article interestingly titled 'Souls on Ice', there was an estimate of 400,000 such embryos currently existing.

    So from a pro life perspective, what should we be doing about these 400,000? It seems like an extremely difficult question to resolve.
     
  2. Fantine

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    People have fought over their custody in divorce proceedings, with one partner wanting to use the embryos and the other wanting them destroyed.

    So obviously, legally, they are the property of the donor and nothing can be done without their release.
     
  3. Mountain_Girl406

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    Right, from the legal perspective they are property, but I'm more interested in wrestling with this from the pro life position. ..if they are babies, how do we resolve their presence?
     
  4. Hamlet7768

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    I heard from a priest who teaches bioethics that the morally right thing to do is to sustain them until they expire semi-naturally. A quick google says this process takes about 25-30 years. Essentially similar to someone in a coma: do what will keep them alive for the natural course of things.
     
  5. Fantine

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    It's considered immoral to implant them.
     
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