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Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Dead Baby Jewellery

May 5, 2017

Yes you read that right. And you are likely as incredulous as when you read the title of an article I penned five years ago: “Pepsi and Dead Babies” (see link below). It seems an Australian company is actually taking

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The Battle for Life, and for Children

Jan 31, 2017

We are living in what seems like unprecedented times, with little or no respect for human life, human dignity, and the well-being of our children. Everywhere adult desires and wants are trumping the rights of the child, the right to

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How Not To Think about IVF and Abortion

Dec 12, 2016

Advances in Assisted Reproductive Technologies have allowed us to create human embryos, but our moral abilities have not sufficiently advanced for us to recognise that killing such new life is wrong. We should have learned our lessons from history, with

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Stop Muzzling Our Children

Sep 8, 2016

Here is a guaranteed way in which I can send you to tears and overwhelming sorrow. It simply entails listening to some of the very real stories of very real children denied their own mother and father. Unless your heart

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On the “Right” To Have Children

Sep 6, 2016

In the somewhat Brave New World of modern medical, biomedical and technological advances in the area of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), a number of ethical and philosophical concerns arise. Questions such as these emerge:

-Do we have a right to

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Love and Marriage, Horse and Carriage

Nov 5, 2015

Up until recently pretty much everyone knew that marriage and family go together, and more specifically, that sexual intercourse and reproduction go together. Most folks recognised that sexuality and children were best safeguarded within the institution of marriage.

Marriage was

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Promoting Baby Buying and Selling

Apr 18, 2015

Many parts of the world are finally waking up to the great evils of human trafficking, and are starting to take action against it – and rightly so. This nefarious trade involves the selling of people – mainly women and

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IVF, Babies and Frozen Peas

Apr 17, 2015

So what do babies and peas have in common? Well, both can be frozen and later thawed. While it is convenient for us to eat vegetables in this fashion, babies are not vegetables. Yet unborn babies are treated in similar

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IVF and Legal problems

Sep 16, 2014

There are numerous areas in which we can critically appraise IVF. One very important set of concerns over IVF has to do with legal issues, court cases, and related matters. The truth is, this whole area can become a legal

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IVF and ART: Philosophical Problems

Sep 15, 2014

The 1997 film Gattaca was a sci-fi thriller about a brave new world of genetic engineering and a two-tiered race. Most people were manufactured, created to be robust and fault-free specimens, while some were still born the old way, with

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Baby Gammy and Beyond

Sep 9, 2014

The recent case of baby buying which made headlines around the world is still being played out. You will recall the appalling story of a Perth couple who changed their minds midstream, leaving one twin baby left behind in Thailand

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Marketing Babies, Exploiting Women

Aug 20, 2014

The recent, sad case of baby Gammy and his twin sister who were born through a Thai surrogate, and purchased by a Perth couple, has gotten a lot of attention recently, and has reopened the discussion about the ethics of

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IVF and Identity Theft

Aug 16, 2014

There are plenty of problems associated with IVF and related forms of assisted reproductive technologies. I have written about them often, and it seems we keep learning of more drawbacks and difficulties with these procedures. But we often think only

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Time To Stop Baby Buying

Aug 1, 2014

An indication of a society that has lost its way is how poorly it treats its most vulnerable members. And they don’t come much more vulnerable than helpless babies. When babies are treated with disdain and contempt, then you know

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Surrogacy Versus Adoption

Jun 29, 2014

I have written often before about surrogacy and the many concerns one can have over the practice. As it gets more and more popular, many more adults are checking into it. Indeed, with an increasing number of celebrities using surrogacy,

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Red Lights About Surrogacy

Jun 22, 2014

Like many other new means of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), surrogacy is claimed to help women, and be a great social good. But a closer look at surrogacy reveals that there are certainly some darker sides to the whole practice,

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More Twisted Tales From the Pink Rainbow

Oct 29, 2013

With militant homosexual activism growing in ferocity and intensity by the day, so too are the stories of bizarre and downright frightening homosexualist moonbattery. It is utterly staggering how so many governments, businesses and others have jumped onto the homosexual

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Surrogacy and Scripture

Sep 17, 2013

As advances in Assisted Reproductive Technologies continue to take place, more and more couples are taking advantage of these new means to have children. Surrogacy is one such method. While there are various types of surrogacy now available, they all

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Surrogacy and the Interests of Children

Jun 3, 2013

Surrogacy is on the rise around the world. This means of obtaining children is becoming more and more popular, with more and more desperate adults turning to it. A surrogate mother of course agrees to carry the baby for another

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