Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Life Links 10/7/09

National Review has an editorial in response to a Nature editorial which argues for changing the definition of death to include individuals who aren't dead but "who will never again be the person(s) (they were)" to increase organ donations.
The deeper flaw with the proposal is that it is grossly immoral, an attempt to legitimize the killing of vulnerable people while pretending something else is being done. Further evils would come in its train. The editorial concludes that “concerns about the legal details of declaring death in someone who will never again be the person he or she was should be weighed against the value of giving a full and healthy life to someone who will die without a transplant.” Whether someone is actually dead is not a “legal detail.” And note the expansiveness of the language. There will always be people whose lives do not seem “full and healthy,” in comparison either with who they once were or with others deemed more deserving of life.

It appears that some pro-choice students from our neighbor to the north still can't stand to let a prolife lecture by Jojo Ruba occur on campus without childish disruptions.
Despite reports that the event had been cancelled, Choose Life President Natalie Fohl proceeded with holding Tuesday's lecture. As soon as Ruba began to speak, a group of pro-choice advocates broke into song, drowning Ruba out and disrupting the lecture. When Ruba played a video of graphic images in response, the protestors went up on stage to block the screens....

Although McGill security guards asked the protestors to return to their seats and remain quiet so Ruba could continue his presentation, they all refused. After about an hour of singing, the Montreal police arrived, and demanded that the demonstrators either leave the room or return to their seats and remain silent for the rest of the presentation.

The trial of Belkis Gonzalez, the abortion clinic operator who allegedly killed baby Shanice after a botched abortion, is set to begin on Friday. Local prolifers are still upset she isn't being charged with murder.

Wesley Smith on NIH director Francis Collins' position on using cloning to create and destroy human embryos for research.
What I find disturbing is Collins’s seeming acceptance that religion is the only basis for opposing human cloning. In fact, it is the least of it. Treating human life as a mere commodity, manufactured solely for instrumental use, quality control, and destruction, is a hugely important ethical issue that extends far beyond religion and into important human rights issues, including the intrinsic value of human life, e.g. human exceptionalism.

Joe Carter notes that Justice Ginsburg doesn't attend a Red Mass ceremony not because she isn't Catholic but because the sermon spoke against abortion.
Ginsburg is Jewish, but non-observant, so there is no reason to expect her to attend the mass. But her reason for not joining her colleagues are revealing: While attending a Catholic mass apparently wouldn’t conflict with her Judaic religious sensibilities, they do offend her religious beliefs as a member of the Church of Pro-Choice.

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