Monday, June 6, 2005

Confusing terminology

This past weekend, I attended the Respect Life Coordinators Planning Meeting for those in the Archdiocese of New York. We listened to presentations by Sr. Marie Regina, S.V. of the Sisters of Life and the Family Life Respect Life Office, Ed Mechmann of the New York State Catholic Conference- Catholic Advocacy Network, and Msgr. Philip Reilly of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. These presentations were very inspiring in my personal vocation of pro-life work as well as an opportunity for continuing education and networking.

In the ‘60s and ‘70s before abortion was legal and widespread, the pro-life forces did not know what we know today about the impact of abortion on individuals, society and culture. The position of the Church on such matters was even somewhat vague for many, and very few people were educated on the topic of abortion. Of course, I do not just mean abortion, but how abortion harms women, fetal development, hidden agendas of organizations like the Planned Parenthood, etc.

Enter a presentation by Mr. Mechmann on cloning and stem cell research. He said, “Embryonic stem cell research depends on human cloning.” I was stumped by this phrase, even after all I have researched about the topic. After the presentation, I asked for an explanation.

It was then that I realized how the media is attempting to dupe us again… Most people who resort to IVF realize that the “embryos” created in such research are human beings and ought not be used for research. In addition, the number of “spare” embryos from such research is not nearly enough to accomplish all the things these mad scientists would like to do. However, they are able to accomplish as much embryo research as possible when they are able to create the embryos themselves by cloning! Aha!

So, to make this point quick and clear, (therapeutic) cloning is a necessary step for these mad scientists who see these embryo stem cell lines as having promise for their research. Again, we all must understand that the ends never justify the means!

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