Human cloning ban introduced in Delaware House

Human cloning ban introduced in House

People convicted of violating H.B. 76’s ban on cloning could face up to five years in prison and fines up to $1.5 million for each offense, as well as the loss of any professional licenses issued by the state.

Convicted violators of the bill’s bans on trafficking embryos would face fines up to $1 million for each offense and up to five years in prison.

Dr. Mary McCrossan, who has a family practice in Wilmington and is a member of A Rose and a Prayer, said the bill would allow embryos declared as excess at in vitro clinics and slated to be destroyed to be used for research.

S.B. 5 sets out a series of conditions under which couples can voluntarily donate such frozen embryos for research.

I’d like to thank Joe Miro for submitting this bill. Cloning is the creation of new human life, usually for the object of experimentation. This violates the common sense moral standard of treating every person as an end in themselves rather than an means to another end. Every human life has value and needs to respected as such.

Just because we’re able to do something, doesn’t mean we’d be right to do so. As an extreme example, we can drop a nuclear bomb on Iraq and kill many terrorists quickly and some not so quickly, but that would be wrong from a moral point of view. (As well as strategic, but that’s beside this point.) So we wouldn’t do that. But with time cloning could make that nuclear bomb death toll look like chicken feed.

We may think that a clone is just another version of the original person. But that’s not the case. Just because two people share the same genetic sequence doesn’t make them the same person. Think of a set of identical twins. The pair of twins I know well are quite different people, and frankly are easy to tell apart, but are identical twins nonetheless. We’ve seen example of this with cloning as well. A cat was cloned (although why anyone would want to clone a cat is beyond me) and named “CC” for carbon copy. The picture below of CC and her mother shows that CC is anything but a carbon copy.

So much for the “carbon-copy” idea. CC is clearly a distinct individual cat. (CC’s the one on the right.) The same would apply for a cloned human. If someone were to clone me, the clone might not turn out to be the wonderful, smart, and modest human being I am. Cloning me for the purpose of scientific study would be creating a new life solely to experiment upon. Even the Nazis, for all their evil, never did that.

We need to ban the practice of human cloning to keep from going further down this path we’re on. Urge your representative to vote for HB 76.

More Biblical Support for Purgatory

Yesterday’s Gospel was the Parable of the Ungrateful Servant (Mt 18:21-35)

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive him?
As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount.
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused.
Instead, he had him put in prison
until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!
I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”

Again, this story offers support for the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory. Read verse 34 (“Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt”) This implies that the punishment will end at some point. Using the same logic as in my recent post on this subject, that only mean Purgatory, since Heaven has no punishment and Hell is eternal.

Quote-a-palooza

“It is not honorable to take mere legal advantage, when it happens to be contrary to justice.” —Thomas Jefferson

“You leave out God, and you substitute the devil.” —Winston Churchill

“Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can be aroused by two things: first, an idea which takes the imagination by storm; and second, a definite, intelligible plan for carrying that idea into action.” —Arnold Toynbee

“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” —Voltaire

“The legacy of nobility… is the great cause of all men who are friends of liberty, of truth, of civilization.” —Bonnie Prince Charlie

“Where else but in America could the women’s liberation movement take off their bras, then go on TV to complain about their lack of support?” —Bob Hope

“Today, some politicians crave nothing more than the honor, prestige, and power of the presidency; they’ll do anything they can to get it. How different American presidential campaigns would be if the candidates were running out of a sense of duty, service, and self-sacrifice.” —Ken Connor

“Every conservative I know is depressed these days, and they are right to be. Under President Bush, conservatism has won only in the sense of not losing as quickly as it would have under a President Gore or a President Kerry.” —Joseph Bottum

“America needs a people who do not merely talk about public virtues, but embrace them with passion and humility.” —Brent Bozell

“Gun control historically serves as a gateway to tyranny… Only armed citizens can resist tyrannical government.” —Rep. Ron Paul

“As many have pointed out, there’s a shining example of a government-run hospital already: Walter Reed. Imagine that example replicated across the land. Then again, imagine if the government was the defendant in every single medical malpractice case in the land. If nothing else, we’d get tort reform.” —James Lileks

Jay Leno: I guess you heard, today was a big day for the U.S. Border Patrol. They caught 500 immigrants trying to sneak into the country and 200 Halliburton executives trying to sneak out. … Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel—he’s a Republican—called a press conference to announce he’ll be making a decision about running for president sometime later in the year. So, he called a press conference to say maybe later in the year he’s going to say something important. This is the kind of bold, decisive leadership this country needs. … Did you see all those people protesting while President Bush was in Latin America? Bush hasn’t had that many people shouting “Gringo go home!” since his last trip to LA. … Last week NASA fired that crazy astronaut Lisa Nowak. Apparently there was no place at NASA for an unstable woman. The good news? Today she was hired as co-host of “The View.” … Rudy Giuliani has defended Newt Gingrich, saying it’s okay Newt had an affair and that no one is perfect. That’s when you know the Republicans are in trouble—when a guy with three marriages and an affair is defending the guy with three marriages and two affairs, so they can team up and beat a Clinton. … In a speech in South Carolina, presidential candidate Joe Biden says he has a plan for Iraq, he can solve the problem and it’s time to make a change. And then the kid at the counter said, ‘Uh mister, do you want fries with this?

Warns Pro-Abortion Politicians Against Receiving Communion Unworthily

Pope Warns Pro-Abortion Politicians Against Receiving Communion Unworthily

Today, Pope Benedict XVI released the long-awaited document on Holy Communion, called “Sacramentum Caritatis” or the Sacrament of Love. It is a follow-up document reflecting on the 2005 meeting of bishops on the Eucharist.

In a section on “Eucharistic consistency”, the Pope says that politicians must adhere to “non negotiable” values “such as respect for human life, its defence from conception to natural death, the family built upon marriage between a man and a woman, the freedom to educate one’s children and the promotion of the common good in all its forms.” He added, “Consequently, Catholic politicians and legislators, conscious of their grave responsibility before society, must feel particularly bound, on the basis of a properly formed conscience, to introduce and support laws inspired by values grounded in human nature.”

Thereafter, Pope Benedict drew a connection to reception of the Eucharist. “There is an objective connection here with the Eucharist,” he said referencing the Biblical passage 1 Corinthians 11:27-29. That passage reads: “Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.”

Drawing on this dire warning from St. Paul, which was specifically referred to politicians by the Pope, many priests and bishops have seen it as an act of charity to deny pro-abortion politicians communion. For the action not only causes them to reflect seriously on their disconnection with the Church, it also saves them from committing a gravely sinful act which portends “judgement”.

Quote of the Day

“Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.”

— James Wilson (Of the Study of the Law in the United States, Circa 1790)

Reference: The Works of James Wilson, Andrews, ed., vol. 1 (7)