Nov 112007

What exactly was the point of going to all the trouble of winning World War II if Britain was just going to adopt the moral values of Nazi Germany, anyway? (And what’s the purpose of having a debate if it’s a foregone conclusion that it will become law?)

News item:

PARENTS of sick children in Britain will be allowed to use IVF to create “spare-part babies” under controversial laws published yesterday.

The legislation will dramatically relax rules on IVF clinics creating “saviour siblings” who can help cure their older brothers and sisters of medical conditions such as leukemia.

Experts said that one day they could create a “designer baby” with kidneys perfectly compatible with a sibling suffering renal failure.

More immediately, saviour siblings could give umbilical cord blood or bone marrow to family members in the hope of treating conditions such as sickle cell anaemia.

The Government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will be debated in British Parliament and is expected to become law in 2009.

What lessons are children going to learn from this? How about these:

  • Saving our own skins is worth more than anything in the world.
  • No sacrifice is too great for someone else to make for my sake.
  • My parents value me for my health more than for anything that might give meaning to my life.