Embryos & Stem Cells

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The Briefing 02-28-14

Inevitability of vast new “designer baby” industry; FDA considers fertility procedure allowing for “three-parent babies”; Embryo genetic testing: Search and destroy mission in the womb;…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 05-29-13

1) Celebrating the child rescued in China, but what of the child whose cries are never heard? China's Baby 59 left in sewage pipe evokes...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 05-17-13

1. Rapid pace of secularization and rise of Islam in Great Britain Christianity declining 50pc faster than thought – as one in 10 under-25s is...Read this essay →

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Where Did I Come From? – It’s No Longer a Simple Question

It is as if we are now living on a new planet — one in which all the natural boundaries of sex and reproduction have…Read this essay →

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The Global Scandal of “The Global Baby”

The Wall Street Journal blows the cover off the international trade in babies and reproductive technologies this week, as reporters Tamara Audi and Arlene Chang...Read this essay →

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The Predicament — Francis Collins, Human Embryos, Evolution, and the Sanctity of Human Life

The most promising avenues of stem-cell research are using cells derived from adult cells, not from embryos. The absolute determination of some researchers to destroy…Read this essay →

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Has Man Created Life?

Humanity had better think hard about whether this is a journey we are ready to entrust to scientists alone. The most urgent question raised by…Read this essay →

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Shepherding Orphans in Haiti

The whole world is watching a Baptist group from Idaho that tried to take a group of 33 Haitian orphans away from their homes in...Read this essay →

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What Do You Really Believe About Human Dignity, Dr. Collins?

The defense of human dignity is the responsibility of all human beings, but certain individuals bear a special responsibility due to position or influence. This...Read this essay →

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How to Think about Reproductive Services as a Christian

The joy of having children is something sought after by all kinds of people, specifically for Christians who understand the gift children are from the...Read this essay →

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“The Disposition Decision” — What to Do With the Embryos?

For most Americans, the moral status of the human embryo is a question that seems quite remote. Even as hundreds of thousands of "excess" human...Read this essay →

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Should We Clone Humans? Beyond the “Yuck Factor”

The development of a human embryo from a cloned cell—as claimed by a group of South Korean scientists—has pushed the clock of genetic engineering toward...Read this essay →

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Its Already Out of the Hands of God, Charlie

"In this case, the woman won the jackpot," said Heather Kowalski, spokesperson for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She was referring to Bobbi McCaughey...Read this essay →

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The Brave New World of Cloning: A Christian Worldview Perspective

"I was convinced that there was still plenty of time."(1) With those words the author Aldous Huxley looked back to 1931, and the publication of...Read this essay →

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Barbarism in the Laboratory: The British Consider Cloning

"We are the first species to have taken evolution into our own hands," claimed the late Carl Sagan. His words sounded chillingly prophetic last week...Read this essay →

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Luck — The Abandoned Embryo

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Luck — The Abandoned Embryo

The National Institutes of Health [NIH] released the draft of its "Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research" on April 17, thus revealing the specific policy...Read this essay →

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The Fetus as Organ Factory — The Next Moral Frontier?

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The Fetus as Organ Factory — The Next Moral Frontier?

"Buckle up.  We're on our way."  So wrote William Saletan, one of the most influential reporters covering today's medical and moral controversies.  Saletan writes for...Read this essay →

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WDRB Interview on Stem Cell Research

WDRB TV, Fox 41, did a story on the stem cell issue in light of President Barack Obama's new policy.  I was interviewed for this...Read this essay →

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Undermining the Dignity of Human Life with the Stroke of a Pen

In a widely-publicized event in the East Room at the White House today, President Barack Obama signed an executive order overturning previous restrictions on the...Read this essay →

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The Floodgate is Now Open — President Obama and the Vulnerable Embryo

President Barack Obama today signed an executive order that reverses the Bush administration's restrictions on federal funding for research that involves the destruction of human...Read this essay →

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The Age of the Designer Baby Arrives

The logic of the genetics revolution leads inevitably to the concept of the designer baby.  New technologies bring new possibilities and hard choices, and the...Read this essay →

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The Brave New World of Designer Babies

In a recent article for The Wall Street Journal Gautam Naik notes the growth of fertility treatments not as preventative medicine, but also of the...Read this essay →

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‘Choice’ As a Moral Principle

Two recent news stories illustrate our culture's preoccupation with choice as a determinative moral principle. In one, a single mother has given birth to octuplets...Read this essay →

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The Sanctity of Human Life

Sermon Preached at Highview Baptist Church East Campus Followed by Q&A on The Sanctity of Human Life Sanctity of Life SundayRead this essay →

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Do Natural Boundaries Tell Us Anything?

A woman in India is reported now to be the "world's oldest mom," giving birth to a baby at age 70. Rajo Devi of Alewa,...Read this essay →

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Do Natural Boundaries Tell Us Anything?

A woman in India is reported now to be the "world's oldest mom," giving birth to a baby at age 70. Rajo Devi of Alewa,...Read this essay →

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In Defense of the Defenseless — the Human Embryo

The moral status of the human embryo now stands as a central question of our times.  In fact, it has only been in recent times...Read this essay →

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Life Without Father

Britain's Labour-led government has unleashed the hounds of biomedical and cultural revolution in recent days, voting to allow expanded research using and destroying human embryos,...Read this essay →

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