Introducing BioTalk, where Rebecca and I — and possibly other guests in the future?? — will talk about all things bioethics, but especially issues related to human biotechnology or those “pro-life 2.0-3.0” issues we talked about last time — from a Catholic perspective.
Unfortunately, these issues don’t always get a lot of attention from pro-lifers. Obviously, after almost 40 years and over 50 million murdered unborn children, abortion remains our highest pro-life priority. But if we don’t start talking about these other issues now and, more importantly, doing something about them, they’re going to get just as out of hand as abortion is today. In fact, we already have an out of control, unregulated fertility industry that, while it’s aim is to foster new life, results in significantly more lives lost, destroyed or ‘frozen in time’ than actually living outside the womb.
In this first episode, we’re talking about prenatal genetic testing. A few quick takes:
1. Prenatal genetic testing is not unethical or immoral in and of itself.
2. Death is not medicine. Some people actually maintain that prenatal genetic testing along with abortion “cures” or “treats” genetic disease. This is absurd.
3. Eugenic abortion sends the message to those of us who live with disabilities and genetic diseases that our lives are not worth living and we’d be better off dead.
4. Another unethical use of prenatal gene testing: “designer babies”. Sure, it sounds far-fetched, but we’re already we’re seeing an industry develop for couples to be able to choose the sex of their child.
Check it out (*Note* Rebecca and I and I are both total amateurs at this, so please excuse the less than high quality production and rough cuts throughout. Hopefully these things will improve the more we do it!):