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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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Playing Against a Stacked Deck

Jan 19, 2004

In the culture wars, fair fights are hard to come by. Sometimes the odds are so stacked against you, that you hardly feel like wading into a fight. Often those promoting all the wrong causes are entrenched in public service

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How Not to Think Bioethically

Feb 28, 2003

The Victorian Government has recently issued a draft code on reproductive technology, stem cells and embryo research. It has been written by the Stem Cell Code of Practice Working Group. The document is entitled, “Draft Code of Ethical Practice for

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IVF and Rights Gone Mad

Nov 15, 2001

We live in an age in which rights are being pushed on all fronts. Individuals and groups are clamoring for rights that until recently didn’t even exist. Much of the “rights industry” has developed around so-called social justice and discrimination

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Unrestricted IVF: Who Protects the Child?

Jul 23, 2000

The Infertility Treatment Authority recently put on a one-day public seminar in Melbourne entitled “The Welfare and Interests of Persons Born as a Result of Assisted Reproduction”. A number of speakers involved in or associated with the IVF industry were

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And Baby Makes Five

Mar 2, 2000

A recent court case involving a baby conceived by IVF for two lesbians has reopened the issue of homosexual access to children. A Melbourne court decided in late February that two lesbians had not mislead an IVF treatment centre. Six-month-old

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Time To Stand Against the Baby Killers

Aug 6, 2015

The newest video about the activities of Planned Parenthood has been released, so how does the mainstream media respond? With more stories about Cecil the lion of course. Since the MSM refuses to do its job on one of the

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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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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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More Scenes from the Passing Madness

Apr 9, 2013

The downward spiral of Western civilization is reaching fever-pitch, with so many new examples of cultural decline and social suicide that one wonders if we are not going to hit rock bottom any second now. Things really cannot go down

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Faith, Population, and National Survival

Nov 8, 2011

A number of scholarly works have now noted the connection between religion and demographics. Faith and fertility it seems are closely linked. Consider for example sociologist Eric Kaufmann’s 2010 volume, Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?

Simply put, nations with

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We Create Them and Then We Destroy Them

Jun 10, 2010

While modern reproductive technologies might seem like a blessing to some, they are certainly not free of major problems. Indeed, many people have warned about the brave new world scenarios assisted reproductive technologies (ART) might create.

I have written elsewhere

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More Book Recommendations

Oct 18, 2009

This is another in my irregular series on notable books that you should be aware of. There is always an endless supply of new books which become available every year. I try to keep up on some of the more

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Crucified For Speaking the Truth

Aug 2, 2009

There is one thing that can be counted on with absolute certainly in this relativistic world: there is a protected species which no one even dares to cross, certainly not in the mainstream media. This group can now get away

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Adult Selfishness, Child Suffering

Jul 16, 2009

One of the big problems with living in an age of rights is that when one person demands his or her rights, often someone else will suffer as a result. In the past people were more willing to forego rights

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Redundant Males, Redundant Humanity

Jul 9, 2009

Two recent bioethics announcements have added a few more nails to the coffin of humanity. While these new biomedical breakthroughs promise much about medical research, cures, and progress, what they are really about is the end of man – both

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More Concerns About IVF

Jun 15, 2009

For those couples who have genuine biological infertility problems, various assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF can seem like a real godsend. The desire for children is of course most natural, and the inability to have children is always

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