If Embryos are Human then Fertility Clinics are Death Camps: Pro-abortion Columnist



By John Jalsevac

TORONTO,  ON, July 21, 2006 ( – A pro-abortion columnist writing for the National Post has followed the logic of pro-life arguments about the evils of embryonic stem cell research and concluded that, if true, then artificial reproduction techniques must also be considered murderous on the scale of genocide.

“In short, if embryos are human beings with full human rights,  fertility clinics are death camps—with a side order of cold-blooded eugenics,” writes Michael Kinsley in an article entitled Where’s the Logic? “No one who truly believes in the humanity of embryos could possibly think otherwise.”

  Kinsley explains that in vitro clinics, in their efforts to produce a successful pregnancy, always create numerous embryos, ultimately selecting the best and destroying the rest. Thus not only is murder involved, as thousands of embryonic human beings are destroyed in fertility clinics, but also eugenics, as only the healthiest embryos are selected for implantation.

“In any particular case, fertility clinics try to produce more embryos than they intend to implant. Then…they pick and choose among the candidates, looking for qualities that make for a better human being…If the fertility clinic rejects you, you get flushed away—or maybe frozen until the day you can be discarded without controversy.”

  The only logical conclusion, he says, “is that if embryos are human beings, the routine practices of fertility clinics are far worse—both in numbers and in criminal intent—than stem-cell research.”

  Kinsley, however, following his display of logical clarity in linking the moral equivalance of the practices of IVF and embryonic stem cell research,  continues on to state about the practices of fertility clinics that,  “And yet no one objects, or objects very loudly.”  From this alleged silence he infers that pro-life advocates are inconsistent, and thereby calls into question the sincerity of the pro-life belief that the embryo is a human being with all the same human rights as any other human being. If even pro-life advocates—he indicates—don’t believe in the humanity of the embryo in all circumstances, but only selectively, then the embryo must not be human.

  Pro-life advocates, however, would strongly disagree with Kinsley’s assertion that the pro-life community is silent on the issue of IVF being equally murderous as embryonic stem cell research. “Playing God by creating humans in petri dishes is simply wrong,” American Life League president Judie Brown has been quoted as saying, echoing the belief of the pro-life movement the world over.  “The pro-life movement needs to address the evils of in vitro fertilization with the same diligence with which we denounce all other forms of abortion.”

  Many other pro-life and religious groups have strongly condemned IVF for its wanton destruction of human life, and there is a strong effort to inform the public on its true nature, and to overturn legislation allowing the precedure. The Vatican, for one, has consistently and vociferously condemned in vitro fertilization, and Catholic teaching is that those who obtain IVF treatments do so at the pain of serious sin, and possible excommunication.

Since its inception for its own part has published hundreds of articles revealing the truth about in vitro fertilization—that it results in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children annually, and opens itself up to eugenic abuses.

  See for a partial list of stories on IVF.

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