Bioethi­cists de­void of all ethics

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

It is fright­en­ing to re­al­ize that two “bioethi­cists” can be so cold­hearted (“Pre­med­i­tated mur­der of new­borns,” Com­men­tary, March 13). To think they call them­selves ethi­cists. Clearly, from what they write, the­o­rize and/or phi­los­o­phize, these peo­ple have no ethics, morals or any­thing re­motely as­so­ci­ated with true hu­man logic.

Then there is the es­teemed No­bel lau­re­ate James Wat­son, who, of all things, un­rav­eled “the mys­tery of DNA,” the essence of hu­man life, writ­ing re­cently in Prism mag­a­zine, “If a child were not de­clared alive un­til three days af­ter birth, then all par­ents could be al­lowed the choice only a few are given un­der the present sys­tem. The doc­tor could al­low the child to die if the par­ents so choose and save a lot of mis­ery and suf­fer­ing. I be­lieve this view is the only ra­tio­nal, com­pas­sion­ate at­ti­tude to have.”

What he writes is nei­ther ra­tio­nal nor com­pas­sion­ate — es­pe­cially from the baby’s per­spec­tive — which no none seems to care about. One would think that an in­tel­lec­tual gi­ant of the mag­ni­tude of Mr. Wat­son, who dis­cov­ered the com­plex­ity of hu­man life and thus should clearly un­der­stand it, would never es­pouse such a fright­en­ing idea as a ba­sis for jus­ti­fy­ing mur­der.

This re­minds me of Ro­mans 1:21-23: “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they be­came fu­tile in their spec­u­la­tions, and their fool­ish heart was dark­ened. Pro­fess­ing to be wise, they be­came fools, and ex­changed the glory of the in­cor­rupt­ible God for an im­age in the form of cor­rupt­ible man and of birds and four-footed an­i­mals and crawl­ing crea­tures.”

I find this think­ing so dis­turb­ing, but I am even more trou­bled by the fact that this hor­rific sce­nario is given so much cre­dence by oth­er­wise ra­tio­nal peo­ple and held up as a le­git­i­mate stan­dard for us to con­sider. It is as heinous and evil as any­thing de­vised by Hitler. NEL­SON B. GU­TIER­REZ Cen­tre­ville

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