Sunday, January 18, 2009

Baby screend for breast cancer gene born

Briefing: babies are routinely screened for autism and other disabilies, leading to abortion for the unlucky ones who fail the test. This screening was 'pre-implantation', meaning that group of IVF embryos were screened and the lucky one then implanted in the womb. Apart from increasing the number of embyros killed exponentially (one was lucky, eight not), an involving the couple in another unethical process (IVF itself), the use of IVF to screen for propensities for disease is counter-productive since the IVF process itself leads to numerous health problems.

From The Guardian, in part: The birth of the first British baby genetically screened before conception to be free of a breast cancer gene was hailed yesterday as a breakthrough by doctors but raised fresh questions about the ethics of creating so-called designer babies.

The baby girl grew from an embryo screened to ensure that it did not contain the faulty BRCA1 gene, which would have meant she had a 50%-85% of developing breast cancer.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen