In the first season of Babylon 5, the episode “Deathwalker” deals with a war criminal who was guilty of destroying multiple worlds decades earlier, during a major war. When she resurfaces on the Babylon 5 station, she avoids prosecution by the Earth administration by bribing them with an immortality serum she has developed.
This serum will cure any disease or injury and extend life indefinitely as it is taken. There is just one catch — the serum has a critical ingredient found only in living beings. For one person to live for decades by using this serum, many others must die.
Let’s pull this concept from a sci-fi television episode and imagine that such a serum exists today. Would you be willing to point to someone and request that person be ground up into the serum you need to remain healthy and happy? You might balk at the idea of converting someone living into a Soylent Green-like serum, but could you always refuse it? What if you had been diagnosed with a horrible wasting disease, and one injection would cure you? If you were taken to the hospital after a body-crushing accident, would you refuse the injection, knowing that it would remove your pain and fix your broken body? And as you stood looking over the unconscious form of your child in the intensive care unit, could you tell the doctor getting ready to inject your child with the serum that he should hold off?
I’m sure there are people who wouldn’t have any problem using the serum as an excuse to liquidate as many people as they could, based on the other person’s race/age/sex/job/nationality/shoe size/etc. Living a longer and healthier life would merely be a bonus to their genocidal desires.
You might be willing to sacrifice someone you don’t know or care about so that you or someone you love could live a few more healthy and pain-free years, but would you be as happy to have this serum available when anyone else could nudge a doctor and point to you as preferred serum material?
Of course, this idea is just silly. No one would ever think of sacrificing a human life just to keep another alive. Right?
The concept of embryonic stem cell research requires the destruction of the embryos to get at their stem cells. But it’s no big deal, the abortion supporters tell us, because embryos are just masses of tissue, you know. An embryo isn’t really a life, they say, so we don’t have to be concerned about it. This reasoning makes it OK for us to point to that embryo and say, “Sacrifice that bit o’ tissue so I may live.”
And so what would have become a living, breathing human being has been sacrificed for a hypothetical cure-all serum that has not yet been created. Yes, you read that right. At this writing, embryonic stem cell research has yielded no cures. But if we are to believe the proponents of embryonic stem cell research, it will cure every ill known to man. Christopher Reeve was paralyzed by an accident, but embryonic stem cell research could cure all paralyzed people. Michael J. Fox has Parkinson’s disease, but embryonic stem cell research could cure his disease, too. It seems that embryonic stem cell research will cure everything based on the pie-in-the sky wishes of the supporters. In my family, when we discuss some cure-all, we often joke that it will cure “rabies, scabies and babies.” Well, embryonic stem cell research will certainly cure you of the “disease” of babies if you sacrifice them on the altar of “research.”
But there is hope. Adult stem cell research has actually yielded some very promising results, and that’s more than embryonic stem cell research has done. But you don’t hear much about it in the press because it isn’t the political hot potato that embryonic stem cell research has become. Occasionally, though, some good news will surface.
If scientists had confidence that embryonic stem cell research could and would product wonderful results, there would be people willing to put up venture capital to fund the research. This isn’t happening, so the scientists who are wedded to the idea of stem cell research want the government’s pocketbook opened up for their benefit. And when Uncle Sam writes a check, he does so by pulling the money from your bank account.
Here’s one last thing to consider: embryonic stem cell research is indicative of a trend of cheapened human life in our society, brought about these last three decades thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe vs. Wade. You can also see the way human life has lost its value whenever someone says, “I’m sure she wouldn’t want to remain in this vegetative state, so let’s pull her feeding tube,” or “They’re getting so old that their quality of life has gone down. It’s time we euthanized them for their own good.” It also explains the gruesome story coming out of Miami, Florida. (hat tip to the Ornithophobe.)
But that’s what we get when we are more concerned about using others than about their own right to life. Get those Soylent Green processing plants working at max capacity, and grind the unwanted into immortality serum for the rest of us. After all, we deserve and demand it. Just ask Michael J. Fox.