Someone was speaking on the decision by the President to expand stem cell research using human embryos and he made the point that we all started as an embryo. It’s true, we were all fetuses at one time. We all had a small beginning and are here today to read this because our parents let us live. The issue that is ignored by those on the side of using human embryos concerns the sanctity of life, the life of those who do not have a voice.
This decision the President is not really what it has been made out to be. The proponents act as if all stem cell research has been idled by Bush policies which is not the case. This new policy is really an expansion of experimentation that is already in progress. President, Bush, while prohibiting the use of new embryos, did allow old lines to be experimented on at taxpayer expense. And Bush policies did not prevent the experimentation being done by private enterprises without taxpayer dollars.
What the new President has done is set aside the moral and ethical questions. This new policy the fact that experimenting on embryos is unnecessary as research with adult stem cells is making great advancements – there is no need to destroy an embryo. This is a moral question for Christians.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13).
For people who are on the fence, unable or unwilling to decide if the embryo is a life or not, doesn’t it seem reasonable to err on the side of life?
Life is being devalued. Over a million abortions occur each year in the United States. Occasionally, one of them “goes wrong” and the details of this nasty practice come to light as it did recently in Florida. “What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic’s owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant’s umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.“1 According to the would be mother, who is now suing the clinic, when the child was born alive, the clinic worker knocked the baby off of the table onto the floor. The umbilical cord was not tied off and it bled out and died. Then the baby was scooped up and thrown out with the trash. The treatment of the unborn and the born is inhuman.
We who value life, do we know the value of the soul? We value the unborn child because it too is a child of God, created with an eternal soul. All souls, small or large, are here to benefit from the abundant grace of God. Jesus came to bring life, abundant life, to all who believe in Him. We who are reading this need to become as the children, innocent and precious to God. Christians have a mission to share the Gospel and change minds and lives with the good news. We will do whatever we can toward this only if we know and acknowledge the value of a soul.
1. Lawsuit, Fox News
2. Baby Trashed, CBS News