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We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.

 
Don't know how I missed it when it first made the rounds, but this is an excellent post (article?) on embryos, the beginning of human life, and the hypocrisy of the Bush administration. I urge everyone to read it. Here's an excerpt:

Secondly, these frozen embryos are so incredibly valuable to the administration that they cannot be used for embryonic stem cell research… because they need to be… THROWN OUT! What they fail to understand is that the disposition of these embryos, like banked chord blood or donated blood or tissue donation, lies with the donor. When you participate in an IVF cycle you sing a form that determines what happens to any leftover fertilized eggs. The choices are cryogenic preservation for: adoption, stem cell research, later transfer to the originating parent, medical research or destruction. DeLay, Bush and his cohorts are saving nothing. It's not as though these embryos in cryogenic willed for research are know suddenly going to be adopted or implanted. They won't—our 'culture of life' perversely demands that they be thrown into the garbage—that's how precious they are, and that's how much we value them. We must destroy life, according to the administration, to AVOID preserving life! Go back and re-read that sentence.

I'll admit that perhaps I'm impressed with this post because I agree with the author. But as the father of a six-month-old son adopted as an embryo, he's earned some credibility in my book. He at least has first-hand knowledge of the process.

Comments:
You can read the original post in "Slate" and the discussion that followed here: http://fray.slate.msn.com/?id=3936&action=next&m=14758011
 
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