In the latest Newsweek Eleanor Clift ends an article called stem-cell hypocrisy with this.
If Bush and his allies on the right were completely sincere about their beliefs, they would ban in vitro fertilization. As Bernstein’s story shows, even when a child is born, a lot of embryos died in the process. If they truly believe that a collection of cells no bigger than the dot at the end of a sentence is imbued with personhood, ending the practice of in vitro would be their next frontier. The notion that women could be recruited to carry all the excess embryos to term–or that more than a fraction would survive the thawing and the transfer process–is ludicrous in the extreme. “I think it’s all about the radical right and their anti-abortion agenda,” says Bernstein. “They can’t give an inch to anything that destroys their argument that life begins at conception.
Funny how Newsweek found the alleged flushing of Korans something very serious and newsworthy and yet the purposeful destruction of human life in inconsequential. Though hating to say it Eleanor Clift has a point, though she is right for the wrong reason. IVF is just as scandalous and wrong as the harvesting of humans for supposed cures. We are mainly tempted to do ESCR because of the leftover human embryos because of IVF. People are more squeamish over clone and kill, yet these human embryos are "just going to die anyway" by popular opinion.
This is one of the things I have learned to love about the Catholic faith is that there is a beautiful consistency to its doctrines. Every time I would go to research a Church teaching on some subject I was always awed by the truth that it taught. Before entering the Church I thought for sure at times I would find a ‘gotcha’ – something that would show some inconsistency. I always found the opposite in that it was myself instead who had the inconsistency.
Pope Paul VI was roundly mocked by the world when he published Humanae Vitae. He was also unfortunately mocked by other Christians who by embracing the pill also embraced an abortafacient – a form of chemical abortion. It is a sad fact that to this day that those who are otherwise against abortion and ESCR are still popping the pill. Pope Paul VI’s encyclical was prophetic in what he said would happen and like most prophets he was also ignored. When the Church spoke against methods like IVF again it was ridiculed and yet again look at the results; 40,000 or more human beings frozen till they die of shelf life. Best born before the following date could be stamped on the containers bearing these children. Also unfortunately a large percentage of our Protestant brothers have largely cooperated with the culture of death by the teaching of the various congregations of their ready acceptance of contraception, divorce, and IVF. Of course that can also be said for a large number of Catholic also who don’t follow the truth that the Church teaches.
The other day Jimmy Akin covered the topic on what would be permissible to do with frozen human embryos.
Update: Dev Thakur raises a point in the comments that the charge of hypocrisy of President Bush that "The President doesn’t want to fund IVF either, but where the heck would he get the power to BAN it?" Well I am not so sure that the President is morally against IVF since he has said in the past that it is a "process … which helps so many couples conceive children." Federal health insurance programs are not mandated to allow IVF but are allowed to. Though of course the majority of these same plans also offer abortion and contraception. So even if the President was morally against IVF there really isn’t anything he can do about it since direct Federal money isn’t being used to support it.
There is somewhat a double standard in the pro-life community where abortion is fought, yet IVF is largely ignored. I have not heard of any protests outside of a clinic that offers IVF. Sure aborturaries kill on a much larger scale, but since when is proportionalism the standard?
The larger hypocrisy is though is on Eleanor Clift’s side which talks about helping the little people and those without power to defend themselves, yet encourages the slaughter of children in the womb and the pulling of feeding tubes.