Friday, May 12, 2006

Life Links 5/12/06

Serge on the pro-choice movement's attempt to link abortion and contraception with regards to the prolife movment's public policy goals. I would offer a third reason behind this trend: the inability to coherently defend the legal killing of nascent human beings. I think the pro-choice movement is finding it much more difficult to hide behind the "clump of cells" line with today's technology. It's much easier to say, "Look, they want to take away your pills and condoms" than explain why intentionally killing a living human being should remain legal.

Anybody seen the movie Gattaca? Britain seems to be taking another step in that direction. Their Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is allowing couples to use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to screen their embryonic children for genes linked to cancer. They've gone from allowing screening for genes that inevitable cause a disease (which is bad itself) to screening human embryos for genes where a certain percentage of people (around 80%) eventually get certain kinds of cancer. HT: Rebecca Taylor

Steve Dilliard takes one of Ramesh Ponnuru's detractors to task. And guess what? The detractor doesn't appear to have read Party of Death either. Surprise, surprise.

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