New tests for five-day-old embryos

More discarding of IVF-created unborn children?
Down's Syndrome baby

Down’s Syndrome baby

The following comes from a July 15 post by John Burger on Aleteia.com.

Survival of the fittest has taken on a new dimension, with new advances in the science of modern baby-making.

With progress being made in chromosomal testing, fertility doctors now can single out the best of several embryos created in vitro to implant in a woman’s body so that her chance of having a successful pregnancy is vastly increased.

The testing is done on embyos who are five days old.

Another technique doctors are using to be more certain that an embryo is fit is “time-lapse imaging to study the development pattern of the embryo.”

Both techniques, the New York Times reported Saturday, “can potentially provide more information than the approach now used to judge an embryo’s fitness, which is to look at it under a microscope.”

“If clinics can be nearly certain that an embryo is fit,” the paper said, “they might feel more comfortable transferring only one embryo rather than two or more, as is common practice,” the Times explained. “That would reduce the chances of producing twins or triplets, which face greater health risks than single babies.”

There are perhaps few groups of people who get more nervous when hearing talk about pre-natal testing than people with Down Syndrome and those who care for them.

“In addition to dehumanizing humans at their smallest and most vulnerable stage, subjecting these tiny humans to [pre-implantation genetic screening] places them at the mercy of a decision maker who decides who should live and who should die. Some would call this eugenics,” said Mark Bradford, president of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation, USA. The organization supports research into Trisomy 21, or Down Syndrome, which was first explained as a chromosomal abnormality by French geneticist Jerome Lejeune.

“If the embryo is destroyed because it is found to have a disability, then the selection is at the very least a form of discriminatory infanticide,” Bradford said. “Inasmuch as it is the destruction of human life (because human embryos are living and what is living is human) in reality embryo selection in its effect is just a way to advance the process of prenatal diagnosis and abortion by several weeks. What begins as a misplaced but well intended act of giving life, ends in the destruction of life because that particular life is seen as undesirable.”

Bradford noted that IVF engenders human embryos, not products to be tested for quality control….

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Comments

  1. SandraD says:

    Such abominations! Men who think they can play God and get away with it. God will not be mocked!

  2. St. Christopher says:

    Well, what is the surprise? Satan controls all of this, just as he controls the Homofascist brigades. It all looks so nice, and clean, on the surface, but beneath is death. And, the Holy Ghost is in charge — just look at Humanae Vitae, and who authored it: Paul VI!! This is why we cannot give up hope, entirely, with Pope Francis, although it seems that things will become very dark for Catholic Tradition for a time. But, the Holy Ghost is clearly in charge. No one can foresee what He will accomplish, even with defective clay. Deo Gratias.

    • Ann Malley says:

      Very well said, St. Christopher. And a good thing to remember. No matter what the position we hold, we are defective clay in need prayer and guidance so that we follow the inspirations of the Holy Ghost. Otherwise, we all risk the potential of being reduced to the pop narratives of those led by a very different spirit.

  3. (Embryonic) Stem Cell research is an intrinsic evil.
    This is one of at least 4 intrinsic evils in the California State Democratic Platform (goals).
    Where are the Catholic Bishops? Too busy making money working for the Obama Administration with ILLEGALS?

    • Good question.
      Everyone should ask their Diocese Bishop why they are not addressing the INTRINSIC EVILS in the current Federal and State Party Platforms.
      (Party platforms state their goals.)

  4. This testing is being done on humans who start their lives out in petri dishes. The scientists who participate in this are materialists. They regard humans as commodities, not as individuals with a soul and Divine plan. These tiny humans are essentially purchased by their parents. With this in mind, the purchaser has a right to a superior product, doesn’t he?

    “We are learning a great number of things. The next great task will be to learn not to do them” – GK Chesterton

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