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By Christopher M. Reilly, Catholic Stand, October 9, 2019
Researchers are now “coaxing” human stem cells, in the lab, to grow into beings that are similar to a human embryo.
There are innumerable questions that such a practice raises – both moral and legal. Is this a human being? A human person? What dignity does such a being have in the eyes of God?
There are so many feelings to be processed – disgust and despair primarily come to mind.
Yet consider the headline from a recent article in MIT Technology Review: “Meet the ‘artificial embryos’ being called uncanny and spectacular.” The use of such grand descriptors for an extremely prideful scientific project is a clear sign that the issues surrounding these new beings are already being distorted by researchers’ reckless enthusiasm.
As Christians, we need to be clear about what is really going on here, and what we should be doing about it. We need to educate our society about the implications of “creating” artificial embryos.
Neither “artificial” nor “embryo” but human
Before going further, I need to discuss some of the terms being used for these “artificial embryos”: ….