Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, (pictured), the archbishop of Johannesburg, has denounced biological colonialism whereby “Harvesting ovarian human eggs in Africa will help meet the needs of embryonic stem cell research in industrialised countries” in his presidential address to the South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference who met last week. [Via John Smeaton]
Where the human embryos are gotten from is part of the ESCR story that is hardly mentioned. The South Korean scientist who published phony research on human cloning pressured women working for him to provide the eggs that he would fertilize and use for research. Also hardly mentioned is that the procedure to remove the eggs is not without danger for the women involved. So now we are using economic pressure to encourage women in Africa to donate their eggs. Who cares if they get Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome? I guess this is the new slavery. Import human eggs from Africa, fertilize them, and then kill them for research. The whip of the slave master was kinder than the tools of the scientist. A slave could hope for freedom or escape, a human embryo is just slaughtered in the hope of a better life for somebody else.