We’re talking about the legal creation of chimeras and experimentation on human beings. I especially love the part where the bureaucrat defending the Act says we have to “strike a balance between respect for (incipient) human life on the one hand and the importance of others values such as the progress of medical science.”
OK. Hold the phone. Whenever a government begins talking about “balancing” respect for human life with anything we should be worried. But especially when they’re saying they want to strike a balance between respect for human life and “progress.”
Whoa. That should set off alarm bells.
Eva Vlaardingerbroek writes: Two days ago, I was a guest at Dutch YouTube channel BLCKBX and lawyer Sven Hulleman spoke about our government’s plan to alter the Dutch ‘Embryo Act’. The current Embryo Act aims to regulate artificial insemination and IVF etc. and has remained unchanged since 2002. But it’s about to change drastically in the near future, if things go according to our cabinet’s plans.
So what reasons do they give to want to change the law? Well, you guessed it: ‘‘to update it to the current state of the Science’’.
Aha! THE SCIENCE™! After the past three years, I can imagine all of your internal alarm bells go off when you hear those word – and they should be. Because our cabinet, led by Mark Rutte’s Neo-Liberal hell party (the VVD) and Sigrid Kaag’s Democratic Party (D66) – adding another 6 would be fitting -, is now looking to make major changes this the Embryo Act, including:
Lifting the ban on the creation of embryos for purposes other than the creation of a pregnancy.
Changing the definition of ‘embryo’ taking into account the development in the field of ‘embryo-like structures’ (ELS) and allowing for two types of experimental human/animal combinations that currently fall outside the scope of the Embryo Act.
Yes, please do read that again.
In other words: our cabinet wants to legalize creating an embryo for purely ‘scientific’ purposes. Aka, they want to make it legal to create life outside of the womb, keep it alive for the sole purpose of experimenting with it and then killing it again after 28 days. And with that life, they want to be able to conduct animal-human crossovers experiments.
How? Well, two options.
Either they use fertilized ‘left over’ embryos from women who opted for IVF; or they will be working with what they call ‘embryo-like structures’, which are structures of stem cells that mimic all or part of the development of an embryo – but are created without the need for an actual egg or sperm cell.
All they would need for that are ‘induced pluripotent stem cells’ (iPSC) that are derived from skin or blood cells and have been reprogrammed back into an embryonic-like pluripotent state that enables the development of an unlimited source of any type of human cell needed for therapeutic purposes.
Sounds to me like Huxley’s Brave New World no longer can be classified as fiction.
What’s interesting about this, is that – as per usual – this proposal to change the Embryo Act gets presented to the people as necessary and morally good. ‘If we don’t follow the current state of the science, we’ll never solve certain medical issues and we won’t be able to save lives’, is what they say.
The Dutch council for Public Health for example argues for the deregulation of ‘iPS-chimeras’, which involves inserting human iPS cells into an animal embryo, for example, with the hopes of cultivating human organs for the purpose of trans- plantation medicine. Well, who could be against that, right? If you lose your kidneys, you’d want a transplant too, right?
And of course, don’t be worried, it will all be done under close supervision and strict safeguards from the Central Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (CCMO).
What they fail to mention however, is that it was the CCMO itself that argued for the ‘necessity’ of amending the Embryo Act. And what they also fail to mention when they try to lure you in with their pretty words about ‘progress’ and ‘saving lives’, is that in order to ‘save lives’, they’ll be creating life to then, experiment with it, mutilate and kill it.
What’s mind-blowing about all of this, the Christen Unie, a Christian party is part of the current government and has done absolutely nothing to stop this plan. Washing their hands in innocence they’ve chosen to easy way out by not technically co-drafting this law, but simply staying quiet on the sideline and relying on left-wing opposition parties to vote in favor for it so it’ll come to pass without their explicit support anyway.
In fact, the only party in the Dutch parliament that asked any substantional questions is the Reformed Christian party, the SGP.
The members of the SGP Group asked whether one should make protectability of embryos dependent on other interests: ‘‘Does this not lay the groundwork for instrumentalizing human life in the interests of others in a way that is undesirable?’’
The answer given by our Minister of Health (D66) was of course completely in line with the moral and intellectual incoherence typical for modern liberals. He answered:
‘‘The core objective of the Embryo Act has been and remains to strike a balance between respect for (incipient) human life on the one hand and the importance of others values such as the progress of medical science and the quality and safety of future medicine on the other. With this core objective, the protectability of the embryo is not absolute, but can be balanced against other interests important to society.’’
Sad to see that the Christians in power are once again doing and saying little or nothing.
This is where godlessness leads. The moment life is not seen as sacred and priceless, you’re just haggling and/or pleading for your life.