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Another Assault on Human Dignity


After we have accepted that people have the right to a kid, the proverbial floodgates are opened.

Three people walk on a wall at Corona del Mar State Beach in Corona del Mar, CA on Monday, November 16, 2020. (Photo by Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

For 49 years, the pro-life movement in the usa has fought to guard unborn children from the brutal assault of abortion. The clearly demarcated objective was the recently achieved overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Those efforts to uphold the dignity of the unborn won an excellent victory come early july, however the wanton destruction of children (which continues in lots of states through the entire nation) is one side of the pernicious culture of death that hides behind the mask of respectability called Reproductive Rights. Less obviously violent, but nonetheless an abhorrent affront to the dignity of the little ones, may be the cornucopia of assisted reproductive technologies which have drastically risen used in the last several decades.

The pro-life movement all together frequently overlooks these technologies (including IVF, artificial insemination, and surrogacy) within their defense of the unborn, in large part as the various religious sects that comprise most of the pro-life communitys largest factions are themselves divided on these issues. However in ignoring the blatant assaults on unborn childrens dignity inherent in assisted reproductive technologies, pro-lifers vastly undermine their very own credibility. While abortion deems a kid to be subhuman, something to be destroyed as inconvenient, assisted reproductive technology procedures, while ostensibly oriented round the desire for a fresh life, depend on the premise that people have the right to a kid. In a nutshell, such procedures distort the natural want a child and render that child a commodity.

Admittedly, abortion can be an easier target for a pro-life activist. Abortion kills a preexisting child and arguing against murder isn’t difficult. Even the supposed gray regions of abortion are actually only attempts to obfuscate what’s at heart a straightforward matter: It is usually evil to intentionally end an innocent life. Assisted reproductive technologies however, seek to generate, no one relishes taking the moral position that tells a heartbroken couple experiencing infertility they don’t reach conceive a kid.

Pro-lifers can offer resources for women that are pregnant, pointing them to myriad centers with tangible support available. Infertility does not have any easy fixes. Natural procreative technology isn’t always successful. Adoption, often suggested as a straightforward solution, will not heal the wound of infertility, neither is it a financially feasible option for most couples. Additionally, there’s the issue for activists of fleshing out the nuance here: while artificial reproductive technologies are against human dignity, the kids born from such procedures are absolutely equal in dignity and value as their naturally conceived brethren. Needless to say, the pro-life movement has decades of experience proclaiming that circumstances of conception usually do not determine an individuals value, which means this isn’t an insurmountable challenge.

The down sides in condemning assisted reproductive technologies, however, should never justify the avowedly pro-life remaining silent. The abuses against human dignity embedded within the artificial reproduction industry are manifold. Many procedures actually involve the direct destruction of human life, as is frequently true regarding IVF, once the embryos not selected for implantation are destroyed. If they’re not destroyed outright, they’re frozen indefinitely until they could be used. However the very act of thawing frozen embryos often kills them. Selective reduction can be used when an urgent amount of embryos implant and survive, since in IVF procedures, it’s quite common to utilize many embryos within a implantation in the hopes that a minumum of one will survive. Arguably these deaths could be categorized as collateral damage, not intentional killings, however the fact remains these lives are increasingly being treated as disposable from the outset. They’re each babies that are sacrificed in order that a minumum of one of these siblings may live to satisfy adults desire.

I could speak only with the deepest sympathynot empathyto those couples who truly require a child and so are struggling to naturally conceive one. Even though many of those I understand and love experienced to endure recurrent losses and infertility (primary and secondary), those are crosses that I’ve not yet been asked to bear. But no personal experience on mine or anyone elses part alters the fact even though an artificial reproductive technology procedure will not bring about the death of an individual embryo, it really is still not morally coherent with a vision of human dignity that upholds the inestimable value and innate sanctity of each single life.

Artificial reproductive technology cannot escape its foundational premise that children are something we have been owed. This premise flips every pro-life argument on its head. No individual endowed with inviolate dignity could be owed to some other. I’m unfathomably grateful for my hubby, but I certainly had no to have him. My children usually do not exist to perform my entire life or fulfill mine and my husbands familial dreams. In the distorted worldview where artificial reproductive technology relies, children become what to attain, really wants to be fulfilled rather than the undeserved gifts they’re.

After we have accepted that people have the right to a kid, the proverbial floodgates are opened. There no more exist any coherent qualifying criteria for who may procure a child, and what methods they could use to generate said baby. Thus we’ve the creation of designer babiesafter all, easily have the right to a child, I certainly have the right to a genetically superior one. And much more recently we’ve seen the rise of same-sex couples (and throuples, etc.) using surrogates and sperm donors to perform their very own desired family, or single women determined to truly have a baby and pursuing artificial insemination instead of waiting for the proper guy.

In these latter scenarios, the requirements of the kid are willfully ignored to be able to fulfill the wishes of the parents. Same-sex couples knowingly deny their children the mother or perhaps a father, despite ample evidence that children fare best when raised in the homes of these (married) father and mother. Meanwhile the career-focused woman, who realizes late in her childbearing years that she does indeed want a child, man or no man, robs her child of a father, relegating the role to the anonymous sperm donor she selects. Actress Mindy Kaling, herself a single-by-choice mother of two children, recently gave an interview where she not merely defended her choice to possess children by herself, but indeed encouraged ladies to freeze their eggs to make this choice at most convenient time for themselves (ignoring medical risks of egg harvesting).

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Kaling, also an outspoken advocate of abortion rights, without doubt loves her children beyond measure given that they exist, but her words reveal that she views the creation of children entirely through the lens of these parents needs and wants. She will not believe a kid is usually to be conceived and carried for his or her own sake. Rather, they’re the ultimate achievement to decorate your set of professional and personal accomplishments.

Advocating for egg freezing to be able to pursue artificial insemination down the road is arguably an extreme position the type of who support artificial reproductive technologies, nonetheless it isn’t a shocking one. Most pro-life individuals and organizations would clearly not advocate Kalings callous treatment of lifes creation. However, in choosing never to stand against such procedures, they’re indeed tacitly approving the strain of logic leading to children being considered accessories.

If we really mean what we say in the pro-life movement that children are unique, irreplaceable lives that people don’t have the proper to destroy then we should also mean they’re not commodities to be created at our convenience.

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