Destroying lives to benefit others (letter)by Dr David van GendNews Weekly
, June 18, 2005
The savagery of the experiments with human cloning in South Korea and now the UK is that technicians are creating embryonic humans with the explicit aim of using and discarding them.
New human lives are excluded from the circle of human care, destined for destruction, dehumanised as mere meat for the consumption of science. This is the heart of the matter, yet much of the media coverage is all scientific hype and no moral heart.
Three years ago, when the Commonwealth Parliament permitted researchers to use surplus IVF embryos on the grounds that they were "going to die anyway", it was made very clear, by the Prime Minister and others, that embryos must never be created simply for research. That remains the ethical line in the sand, and rules out research cloning.
In the majority vote against all cloning by the United Nations this year, delegates drew the same line, declaring: "No human life should ever be produced to be destroyed for the benefit of another."
We are clever. We can find ways to fight disease that does not involve a violation of such a vital principle of justice and humanity. We must not create and kill some to benefit others.Dr David van Gend