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IVF: We're Letting Technology Outpace Morality

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Laboratory fertilization of eggs in an IVF treatment. (Dreamstime.com)

Rev. Jim Harden By Wednesday, 06 March 2024 03:06 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Technology has outpaced our morality.

On Feb. 16, 2024 the Alabama Supreme Court agreed.

By their 8-1 decision, America was thrust into a crisis of conscience.

Unborn embryos are children, made in the image of God, with rights to be protected. The majority opinion author, Justice Jay Mitchell concurs.

The court’s opinion siding with parents against a fertility clinic that accidentally destroyed their embryos opens with, "unborn children are 'children' for the purposes of Alabama’s Wrongful Death of a Minor Act."

Unlike Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, 597 U.S. 215 (2022), this is a classic Trojan Horse case that could not only shut down the multi-billion-dollar In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) industry but also bring down the abortion industry in one fell swoop.

How?

Quite simply, IVF is a process that uses medical technology to manufacture babies.

The wrongful death of a child when applied to preborn embryos, reinforces the legal concept that personhood status for an individual begins at the moment of fertilization.

After all, "A person’s a person no matter how small," says Dr. Seuss.

IVF is wrong, just as abortion is wrong, because it treats children like slaves, to be created, owned, and discarded at the whim of a master class.

Further, IVF intentionally destroys (aborts) babies at four different points in the IVF process. First, when the initial batch of embryos are created, the least desirable are culled (a.k.a. killed).

Second, those considered the best by whatever criteria, is inserted into the mother’s uterus, most of which fail to survive implantation.

Third, the unused embryos are frozen in liquid nitrogen, most unable to survive the freezing process.

And fourth, if too many embryos implant in the mother’s uterus, then possible ‘reduction’ occurs which is surgical abortion as commonly understood.

It's no surprise that IVF doesn’t even work that well, with studies showing extremely high failure rates.

If appealed, the Alabama case could give the legal fodder necessary for the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court to weigh-in as to whether it is legitimate for government to draw arbitrary lines for determining when a person ought to be protected under the law.

If personhood is established for all humans without qualification, then all preborn babies from the moment of fertilization must be afforded equal protection under the law per the 14th Amendment.

The hihg court may just do that.

Why?

Because they overturned Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, (1973), which arbitrarily held, "The word 'person' does not apply to the unborn," opening the door to do whatever one wants to preborn boys and girls, abortion, IVF, etc.

Alabama’s high court decision has far-reaching criminal and civil ramifications on the multi-billion-dollar IVF business.

So now what happens if the embryo freezer of an Alabama fertility clinic goes on the fritz?

This is why Alabama fertility clinics pressed the pause button on all their activity.

This case appears to be causing the pro-abortion rights community to lose their collective mind triggering emergency ham-handed Senate bills, an open letter from the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, and a roll-call on the issue through a nonbinding resolution.

And responses by self-proclaimed anti-abortion people is catching them unprepared also.

U.S. House Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., appears to be truly representing America’s, even anti-abortion evangelicals’ moral confusion regarding what it means to be human.

When asked about the Alabama decision at a recent press conference regarding whether destruction of a "fertilized embryo is murder," he declared, "Look, I believe in the sanctity of every human life — I always have — and because of that I support IVF and its availability."

What Speaker Johnson should have said was no new IVF babies, but by all means implant all of them who have already been conceived and frozen.

Time to put all of them in wombs, as is, without culling any of them.

The only solution for this moral dilemma is to halt the creation of additional embryos through IVF and place all existing embryos, individually, in willing wombs.

Ignoring the fact that eggs, not embryos, get fertilized, what Speaker Johnson and many in the anti-abortion community fail to realize is the foundation of the anti-abortion moral argument.

Abortion is wrong because it destroys a preborn baby who is fully and equally human from the moment of fertilization.

The Alabama Supreme Court justices understand correctly the scientific truth about the moment human life begins.

The logical and legal ramifications of this truth obliterate all arguments for the destruction of preborn human life through abortion or IVF, revealing them all as merely reductions to absurdity.

We hear so much in the presidential debates or state level legislation regarding abortion restrictions using arbitrary developmental markers like when the baby’s heart starts beating or when the baby can feel pain or worse, arbitrary gestational age limits like a 15-week abortion ban.

What makes 15 weeks so magical?

Why not 41-weeks or, for that matter, 41 years?

If the voting public is willing to permit politicians to parse personhood we should not be surprised when they parse it further, culling the disabled, depressed, diseased, or politically disfavored who insist on their protection.

These arbitrary abortion restrictions are all merely political contrivances to garner votes from a morally confused electorate for candidates on the right who appear to be ignorant and candidates on the left who appear to morally compromised.

IVF represents an unethical, mercenary medical industry, treating babies as products to manufacture, made to order, designed for the self-actualization of parents.

At best it reveals the sad fact that technology has outpaced America’s ability to morally process whether it is good or bad for society.

Based on the frenetic response to the Alabama ruling, America’s bioethical standard is so bastardized that the only medical moral mandate we have is, "If you can do it, you should."

And that means we have taken a short-cut to chaos. 

If these are hard truths for you, so be it.

The Rev. Jim Harden, CEO of CompassCare, an anti-abortion medical network based in Buffalo, New York, is married with 10 children. He passionately exposes unequal enforcement of the law and immoral public policy. Read more of the Rev. Jim Harden's Reports — Here.

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Arbitrary abortion restrictions are all merely political contrivances to garner votes from a morally confused electorate for candidates on the right who appear to be ignorant and candidates on the left who appear to morally compromised.
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