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Doing God’s Work?

Nathaniel Stewart & Robert Alt write a thoughtful piece on a "startling" development coming out of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology conference: "Consider for a moment what is at issue. Among the Madrid panels, scientists from Israel and the Netherlands announced that they had harvested ovarian tissue from seven aborted fetuses between 22 and 33 weeks old — well beyond the all-important age of ’viability’ recognized here in the States. The goal of the research seems to be, of all things, infertility treatment. The heightened demand for healthy human eggs — not easily "harvested" from women — has apparently reached such dire levels that gathering eggs from the dead unborn may soon be, as one doctor said, an "ethically acceptable" fertility option. Should these scientists successfully develop the extracted eggs, we face the very real possibility that a child could be born from the egg of an aborted fetus. While we don’t claim to share Senator Barbara Boxer’s anointed insight that tinkering with human embryos is ’doing God’s work,’ we’re nonetheless pretty sure that making a mommy out of an aborted fetus is not what the good Lord intended."

Rather than ban cloning outright, they suggest something else. Read the whole thing, even though Eugene Volokh has some questions.

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