Frozen thinking

June 1, 2005 09:00 AM

Father Tad Pacholczyk, a Catholic bioethicist, told the Washington Post, "embryo adoptions would make Catholics complicit in test-tube fertilizations, which the church considers illicit."

Excuse me? Father, is a Catholic complicit in the act of rape if he adopts a child conceived in rape?

A human embryo is a human being whose dignity and right to life are paramount, regardless of how he came into being. The fact that he exists means that God Himself created him. We must never forget that the act of in vitro fertilization is wrong -- morally illicit. A human being who happens to be a human embryo created through that process is not wrong.

While we await an official pronouncement from the magisterium of the Catholic Church, it occurs to me that we should be opting to defend life, not excuse it into death.

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