April 20, 2020 If you are considering or have been through the IVF process then you may know about PGD(preimplantation genetic diagnosis) testing.
The question: When Does Life Begin?
It is a consistent scientific fact that we all know life begins at fertilization as seen through the following of many quotes coming from varying medical textbooks, “1. Keith L. Moore, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 10th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2016. p. 11
“Human development begins at fertilization, when a sperm fuses with an oocyte to form a single cell, the zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell (capable of giving rise to any cell type) marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.” This could truly not be said any better.
A Blog, “When Does Life Begin?” shares, “The Bible contains numerous references to the unborn.14 Each time the Bible speaks of the unborn, there is reference to an actual person, a living human being already in existence. These Scriptures, taken in context, all indicate that God considers the unborn to be people. The language of the text continually describes them in personal terms.
Since the Bible treats those persons yet unborn as real persons, and since the development of a person is a continuum with a definite beginning at the moment of fertilization, the logical point at which a person begins to be human is at that beginning. The answer is that life begins at fertilization. Frankly, no other conclusion is possible from Scripture or science.
What are the implications of this conclusion? Why is this important? Quite simply, the status of the zygote/embryo/fetus is central to many issues facing our society. The most obvious issue in this regard is abortion. If the zygote is a human life, then abortion is murder. The same can be said of issues surrounding the embryonic stem cell debate. If the embryo is human, then destroying it is murder, no matter what supposedly altruistic reason is given as justification. The ethics of cloning require consideration of the concept of humanness and the timing of its onset. A person’s acceptance or rejection of the controversial morning-after pill is based upon the determination of when human life begins.15”(Mitchell, 2010)
What is a person?
The blog “A Person, No Matter How Small” by Ken H. Who founded “Answers in Genesis” says, ‘A baby is a human being from the moment of fertilization, knit together by the Creator.”(Ham, 2014)
I wanted to share a new viewpoint if you believe it’s ethical. In IVF the unborn child is considered literally property. Therefore they aren’t shown their intrinsic worth through the IVF field. I want to encourage you to learn about PGD testing. The site “Givf” shares about PGD, “Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a reproductive technology used along with an IVF cycle to increase the potential for a successful pregnancy and delivery. PGD is a genetic test on cells removed from embryos, to help select the best embryo(s) to achieve pregnancy or to avoid a genetic disease for which a couple is at risk.” (https://www.givf.com/geneticservices/whatispgd.shtml) Instead of reading ‘embryos’ read ‘child’ ‘baby’ ‘person’ and see how this sounds when it is read. Heartbreaking to see how we dehumanize persons…
You cannot automatically become a person when you are born therefore our lives start at fertilization so PGD testing is a test babies go through to see if they have health conditions and if they do have health issues or genetic diagnoses the children are killed. They then put their life after killed in a sink or flush down the toilet. This mindset is horrific as ones heart should be to cherish life and often many in our medical field say that ONLY SOME people are valuable which is a harmful mindset and view. This is evil. We all have intrinsic value and in a field that says they want people to have children they should be embracing all lives at fertilization not killing people to find the “best.” This isn’t Darwinism to define life’s worth as babies are all the best and this field as all should be respecting all life by not killing people. The purpose of PGD is to put children through test to see if they have health conditions to kill them. This is A child supposedly having a poor prenatal diagnosis. These children deserve to be treated by scientists and doctors as much as patients as the mom. They do not deserve to be killed and then thrown in the trash or flushed down the toilet or put down the sink. PGD’s goal is to take lives not save babies from health conditions but kill them because they have health conditions. Babies deserve better than murder. It is sad that in a field that does help families have children and in any field that there is an acceptance of murdering of lives when the medical field should be grounded in simply helping people have children. I think the ethics come in when some believe that killing babies in IVF will be okay to take life when children deserve better no matter how long they live to the gift of life whether frozen or not. They do not deserve to be chimeras, killed and then combined with a animal to see them made as a person animal. Children deserve to be treated as persons never as property.
A heartbreaking article which speaks about how some ethicists believe that in order to help the society/environment one must kill people.
In the article, Ethicists argue that genetically altering humans may solve global climate issues, bluntly says they select the children to kill and keep in order to select the children who have the “correct height” in stating, “While genetic modifications to control height are likely to be quite complex and beyond our current capacities, it nevertheless seems possible now to use PGD to select shorter children.” I am desiring to tell you how those mentioned in the article view life to think that somehow the killing of those in IVF due to their height or the reducing of the size of ecelogical footprints will somehow help our environment. The point is if they kill people they think it helps dealing with climate change.https://www.liveaction.org/news/ethicists-argue-that-genetically-altering-humans-may-solve-global-climate-issues/