Katie van Schaijik
#1, Mar 15, 2012 11:34am
Finally took the time to read this, Samantha. Thanks for posting. I have conflicting responses. On the one hand, I'm glad to see serious ethical thinking applied to the concrete legal question. And on the other, it seems almost crazy to attempt it.
I agree with you that medicine and law both are inescapbably value-laden. And not cherishing life in our laws and cultural habits and attitudes leads in practice to favoring of death.
But IVF is itself such an affront to human dignity that there seems something fundamentally fruitless about trying to apply moral reasoning to the messes it makes.
It's as if first a husband and wife dynamite their house, and then ask a professional to come in and appraise the value of their things.
And yet, there are those 500,000 tiny frozen babies. And decisions to be made.
God save us.
#2, Mar 15, 2012 12:32pm
Katie van Schaijik, Mar. 15 at 10:34am
Unfortunately, this is a very typical and even tame case of "embyro legislation." Have you heard about the recet case of the Israeli couple who chose to harvest the eggs of their dead daughter?
Can you imagine the violation of human dignity in this case?
"Who is the mother of the child? Your mother was dead when you were conceived." - I can hardly begin to fathom the depths of violation of the conjugal act, motherhood... everything is wrong with this picture. And yet, the court ruled in favor of the egg harvesting. Indeed, this world is entering a moral apocalypse.