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

I Love My Progenitor A

Oct 27, 2006

Welcome to the future. If you want to know where Australia is heading, just look at countries that are a few steps ahead. Consider Holland for example. Or Canada. These are two nations that have moved so far down the

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No Cloning

Oct 12, 2006

As the Federal Government still debates the issue of human cloning, the impression remains that on the one side of the debate are scientists, and on the other are religious folk. The media likes to pretend that this is a

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Another Clone and Kill Bill

Sep 26, 2006

Following hard on the heels of Democrat Senator Natasha Stott-Despoja’s cloning bill, Liberal Senator Kay Patterson has just introduced her own version into the Senate. Both feed off of the recent Lockhart recommendations, and both seek to further dehumanise and

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Top Twelve Bioethics Books

Sep 24, 2006

Today more than ever those concerned about the meaning of personhood and the dignity of human life need to be aware of the many developments in medicine, biotechnology, the life sciences, and the ethical dilemmas associated with them.

Be they

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Why All Human Cloning Should be Banned

Sep 21, 2006

The push for human cloning continues around the world. Sure, most people say they do not want to see humans cloned, but they do want to see cloned embryos for research purposes. Yet as I and others must keep reiterating,

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Is it Ever Right to Kill?

Sep 11, 2006

What does it mean to be pro-life? There is some confusion as to what the term implies. If a person is opposed to abortion, must that same person also be opposed to war, or the death penalty?

Indeed, religious conservatives

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Getting Real on Stem Cells

Sep 4, 2006

The embryo stem cell (ESC) hype continues to bubble along, with a seeming avalanche of support from the media and many of our ruling elites. Adult stem cells (ASCs) continue to be ignored, despite their great success, while ESCs are

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Science Sham and Embryo Hype

Sep 1, 2006

Last week all the world’s media was abuzz with reports of a new stem cell extraction method which purportedly leaves the embryo alive. I penned a summary of the news and various concerns about it last week for this website.

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Aborting Babies To Look Younger

Aug 24, 2006

Pro-lifers have long warned that there are many ugly reasons for pursuing research on embryos. The cosmetics industry is one such reason. It has long relished creating beauty products from aborted foetuses. A recent article in London’s Daily Mail (August

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Stem Cell Deception

Aug 19, 2006

In both Australia and America there is a major battle taking place over stem cell research. As readers of this site will be aware, there are two main sources of stem cells: embryos, or non-embryos. Adult stem cells (ASCs) have

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Capitalism and Biotechnology

Aug 14, 2006

Writing in the Spring 2006 issue of The New Atlantis, Eric Cohen has an interesting article entitled “Biotechnology and the Spirit of Capitalism”. In it he looks at how unfettered capitalism and unbridled Big Biotech are quickly becoming a

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Clarity on Stem Cells Needed

Aug 7, 2006

There is a lot of clouded thinking on the issue of stem cell research. A good case in point is an editorial in today’s Australian (August 7). It suffers not just from mental fatigue, but ethical myopia.

Entitled “Let the

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The Perils of Perfection

Apr 13, 2006

Often the most dangerous scenarios come packaged in the most attractive of wrappings. Various promises of heaven on earth are an example. Consider the case of one science writer who promises us the world (or at least immortality) and seems

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