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Three reasons Roe v. Wade will fall

The U.S. Supreme Court-imposed abortion-on-demand regime of Roe v. Wade will one day fall. Why?

Roe will buckle under the weight of reason. “As a matter of constitutional interpretation and judicial method, Roe borders on the indefensible,” notes Edward Lazarus, former clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun (author of Roe) and supporter of legalized abortion. The U.S. Constitution cannot plausibly or rationally be said to include a right to abortion that precludes states dealing with this issue. Even the Court itself, when narrowly upholding Roe in 1992 (in Planned Parenthood v. Casey), could appeal only to stare decisis (i.e., past decisions should be reaffirmed because they are past decisions) and to virtual nonsense about “the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”

Roe will buckle under the weight of democracy. The Court in Roe, without constitutional warrant, usurped the authority of the American people to determine abortion policy. This “exercise of raw judicial power,” as Justice Byron White put it, struck down the democratically-decided abortion laws of all 50 states and imposed a nationwide policy of abortion on demand whether the people like it or not. The radical extent of the Roe regime was not and has never been even remotely consistent with public opinion (polling on this question is often inaccurate, and ignorance of the extent of Roe is widespread). Roe has disenfranchised millions of Americans, fostering divisive cultural and political battles.

Finally, and most importantly, Roe will buckle under the weight of human rights. It decided that an entire class of innocent human beings must be excluded from legal protection and allowed to be killed for any reason. Roe, like Dred Scott v. Sandford before it, is profoundly unjust and contrary to the equal fundamental dignity and right to life of all members of the human family. And the consequences of the Court’s folly—55 million unborn human beings killed, many women (and men) hurt emotionally, psychologically, physically—have been nothing less than catastrophic.

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An interesting article on law and justice, particularly as it applies to the Catholic Church

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Moses receiving the Ten Commandments

The Catholic understanding of law that dominated the Western world for approximately a millennium and a half differs radically from the concept of law that emerged around the time of the Enlightenment. In fact the Catholic understanding, albeit a less precise articulation of it, traces its origins to the pre-Christian ancient world.[1]

God created not only the visible, tangible universe but also created law. The eternal law which is the rational plan of God for the universe is the first created law. As one medieval commentator expressed it, “God is himself law and therefore law is dear to Him.”[2] God did not create an unruly cosmos but one permeated with this eternal law which directs all of creation to its appointed end.

The summit of visible creation is Man. He is graced with a nature that reflects the Divine Nature itself. Man is thus called to participate in the eternal law and thus participate in God’s governance of creation. Not only does God entrust Man with the task of naming visible creatures, he is called to participate in the formation and promulgation of the laws by which Man himself will be ruled and guided to his due end. Just as a name brings greater specificity to an entity, so too Man’s participation in law will involve the task of particularizing the precepts of the eternal law.

Through his intellect, the point of contact with the eternal law, Man has the ability to come to know the most general legal principles, the precepts of Natural Law. These precepts command and forbid actions which conform to and obstruct, respectively, the attainment of Man’s natural and supernatural ends. Yet, these precepts are framed in general and universal terms. As a result of the Fall, Man’s participation in this process is afflicted by the wounds of sin and thus God promulgated an additional law, the divine law, to aid Man in his acquisition of knowledge of the primary precepts of law.

The Decalogue is the prime example of the divine law which did not alter the moral status of the operations specified in its ten precepts but which merely provided revealed knowledge of these precepts. Thus revelation and reason together provide Man with a means of knowing the fundamental precepts of the law which rules the universe.

Yet, the precepts of natural and divine law remain general in their formulation. They require further specification to be useful in guiding particular human action. It is to this task that Man has received a Divine call to participate. Ecclesiastical and secular authorities are commissioned by God to determine more particular principles and precepts of the divine and natural law to guide with greater specificity human action.

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The defining characteristic of tyranny is the diversion of power from the people to the unelected elite.

The elite can claim to be inspired by Allah or Marx; it can act in the name of racial purity or universal workers compensation or both. The details don’t matter, because in all instances, tyranny derives its justification from the superiority of the rulers and the inferiority of the people.

The left launched two revolutions. One was the hard revolution of bombs and assassinations by those who did not have the time or patience to wait for the long march through the institutions of the state. This revolution was born quickly and died quickly. It killed millions and choking on their blood it died by stages, losing its ideas and then its power, until there were only a few old men and women in shawls clinging to red velvet portraits of Stalin.

But there was also the soft revolution that was slow and subtle. It was a revolution of laws, rather than bombs. It did not concern itself with 5-year-plans but with 50-year-plans. It proceeded by increments, raising the temperature so very gradually that the free world did not realize it was cooked until it could smell its own burning flesh.

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There are a handful of Americans for whom the protections of political correctness or common decency still don’t apply: fat people, smokers, and Catholics.

In 21st Century America, it’s perfectly acceptable to relentlessly mock all three groups without fear of being labeled a bigot. This cultural double standard was on its fullest, most egregious display during the media’s coverage of the Papal Conclave.

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Peter Kreeft on what we know for sure about apples … and abortion!

I will try to prove the simple, common-sensical reasonableness of the pro-life case by a sort of Socratic logic. My conclusion is that Roe v. Wade must be overturned, and my fundamental reason for this is not only because of what abortion is but because we all know what abortion is.

This is obviously a controversial conclusion, and initially unacceptable to all pro-choicers. So, my starting point must be noncontroversial. It is this:

We know what an apple is. I will try to persuade you that if we know what an apple is, Roe v. Wade must be overthrown, and that if you want to defend Roe, you will probably want to deny that we know what an apple is.

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Fortnight for Freedom Issue #7: Why Fortnight for Freedom is necessary.

Under President Obama, religious freedom has been directly attacked when it has not been simply neglected or disregarded. This, after all, is the administration:

  • whose State Department has largely put on ice its statutory obligations under the International Religious Freedom Act;
  • in which we have heard the phrase “freedom of worship” increasingly supplant the broader “free exercise of religion”;
  • that opposes statutory conscience protections for chaplains and other personnel in the military in the wake of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” while it also undermines the continued enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act;
  • that has frozen out the USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services agency from federal contracting, despite its proven track record of success and efficiency in dealing with the scourge of human trafficking, because the Catholic agency will not refer victims for abortions or contraceptive services;
  • that has argued, with a straight face, that the First Amendment offers no shelter for religious institutions to enjoy a “ministerial exception” to federal employment statutes—and subsequently suffered a forceful 9-0 rejection of its view by the Supreme Court;
  • that promulgated the infamous Health and Human Services mandate for no-cost coverage of contraceptives, sterilization, and abortifacients under every employer health plan except those offered by the most narrowly defined “religious institutions”—a definition so narrow that 23 lawsuits have been filed against HHS on behalf of 56 plaintiffs, including Catholic dioceses, charities, health-care institutions, fraternal and missionary organizations, universities, and broadcasters, and some non-Catholic religious institutions as well.

The Obama administration, especially with its HHS mandate, poses the largest and most immediate threat to religious freedom in America today. But in the Easter week statement of their Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, titled “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” the bishops also notice other threats to which we should be alert.

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“It is ironic that as President Obama has been touting his leadership in ‘getting’ Osama Bin Laden that he would now show no moral courage or leadership in standing up to the Chinese government and demanding the release and safety of Chen Guangcheng…”

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, who has a 25 year history of speaking out against the human rights abuses by the Chinese government and was twice arrested during the Beijing Olympics and deported back to the United States for helping lead demonstrations in China, led the rally.

“We call upon President Obama and his administration to honor the founding principles of this nation and embrace human rights and justice for Chen Guangcheng,” he said. “It is a disgrace and outrage that Mr. Chen, who was in the protective custody of the American Embassy, has now been allowed to be turned over to the Chinese government where he and his family will face unspeakable violence and brutality.”

“The only reason Mr. Chen left the Embassy was because he was told that his wife would be beaten if he did not leave immediately. He now wants to leave China and fears for his safety and the safety of his family,” Mahoney added. “It is critical that President Obama not betray Chen Guangcheng and the principles of justice that he has been imprisoned, beaten and tortured for.”

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UN Report: “Criminal laws penalizing and restricting induced abortion are the paradigmatic examples of impermissible barriers to the realization of women’s right to health and must be eliminated.”

New York, NY (CFAM/LifeNews) — While world attention may be focused on the UN General Assembly as it grapples with Palestinian statehood, the methodical drive by United Nations officials to promote legal abortion internationally goes on largely unnoticed.  During the summer months, when press coverage of UN activities is minimal, the UN Secretariat released a report from the UN Human Rights Council calling on all nations to accept that women and girls must be granted access to legal abortion in order for them to fully enjoy their human rights.

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The Nuremberg Nazi war crimes tribunal properly construed forced abortion as a crime against humanity – so what about China?

…nothing in human history compares to the magnitude of China’s 33 year assault on women and children.

Today in China, rather than being given maternal care, pregnant women without birth allowed permits are hunted down and forcibly aborted. They are mocked, belittled and humiliated. There are no single moms in China—except those who somehow evade the family planning cadres and conceal their pregnancy. For over three decades, brothers and sisters have been illegal; a mother has absolutely no right to protect her unborn baby from state sponsored violence.

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Radical atheist pro-abort rants about God and the Bible

Some of you claimed that the god of the Bible is against abortion, although neither the subject nor the prohibition of abortion is found in the “Good Book”. And even if it were, it would have no legal standing. The Bible was written by ignorant, primitive, bigoted old men whose Bronze Age morality was about as rational as that of the Taliban.

Some, such as Cathi Herrod and her destructive Center for Arizona Policy, justify their anti-abortion stance because the god of Bible wants us to respect the “sanctity of life”. What B.S. The god of the Bible is a monster; capricious, vain, unjust, cruel, murderous, and genocidal, with serious anger-management issues. The god of the Bible had no respect for humans.

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Cardinal George on God in Action

Chicago’s archbishop reflects on religion’s place in an increasingly secular society.

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CHINA’S THIRTY YEARS WAR AGAINST ITS OWN PEOPLE

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Weekly Briefing 10/05/2010, Vol. 12, No. 27
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by Steve Mosher, President PRI

I was surprised when Beijing decided to celebrate (!) the thirtieth anniversary of the One-Child Policy this week.   I thought, quite frankly, that the declaration of a national day of mourning would have been more appropriate.

But I was even more taken aback when the head of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission, a woman named Li Bin, announced that China would continue to enforce this same Draconian policy for “decades” to come.

Decades?   This is, after all, a policy that has led to a slaughter of the innocents of Biblical proportions. Hundreds of millions of
women have been forcibly aborted and sterilized.   Homes have been razed, livestock confiscated, and exorbitant fines levied.
In all, 400 million people are missing from the Chinese population as a result of the one-child policy.   Like previous Chinese
Communist Party-orchestrated disasters such as the Great Leap Forward, or the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, this policy, too, has been a disaster for the Chinese people.

I should know.  I was in China when the one-child policy began, 30 years ago.

What I saw then, living in an agricultural commune in rural Guangdong, rivals anything that happened in Nazi Germany.
One day in 1980 several hundred young mothers, all pregnant with second or higher-order children, were ordered to attend
population control meetings.   There they were told that they would all have to abort their pregnancies.  Those who refused
were arrested for the “crime” of being pregnant and locked up until they, too, buckled under the pressure and submitted to
an abortion.

At that point they were taken to the local medical clinic and given a lethal injection into their uterus.   If their bodies did
not expel their dead or dying babies within two days, they were subjected to a cesarean section abortion.   Most horrific
of all, babies born alive were killed by means of an injection of formaldehyde into the “soft spot” on the crown of their heads.
Those few women who managed to escape arrest and had their babies in secret were assessed heavy fines.

Everything that I witnessed then, from the forced abortions of women in the third-trimester of pregnancy to government-
sanctioned infanticide, is still happening now.  Those women who manage to avoid the dragnet by going into hiding are now
subjected to even heavier fines, which currently run three to five times the family’s annual income.  Those who can’t pay this
huge amount have had their homes destroyed and their possessions and livestock confiscated.

Moreover, such a child remains a “black child,” that is, one who does not exist in the eyes of the state.   Such children are
nonpersons, turned away from the government clinic if they fall ill, barred from attending a government school of any kind, and not considered for any kind of government employment later in life.   They are not allowed to marry or start families of their own, since the government has decreed that “black children” will not be allowed to reproduce.   One generation of illegals is enough.

The Chinese government, supported by foreign population control zealots, believe that its program should be held up as
a population control role model for the rest of the world.  In reality, it should be roundly condemned for its widespread
and systematic violations of human rights, especially the rights of women.

But even those who shy away from defending China’s brutal repression of its population sometimes argue in favor of the
one-child policy on other grounds.   China is often held up by the UN Population Fund, for example-as a positive example
of a county that has been able to slow population growth rates dramatically, and which has achieved prosperity as a result.
But to praise the country that has become the ugly poster child of forced abortion and coerced sterilization for the economic
growth that these inhuman policies have supposedly generated is not only inconsistent, but also wrong.

China is clearly worse off economically as a result of eliminating from its population 400 million of the most productive and
enterprising people the world has ever known.   China’s astonishing economic performance-its annual GDP growth over the past three decades is close to 10%-is not only a tribute to the tremendous work ethic of the Chinese people, but also has
led to labor shortages in China’s coastal provinces.   Every baby born in China today is a net economic asset.   How
much more would China have been able to achieve with an even larger population?

Some would argue that adding people would overburden the Chinese environment, but the PRC has been an ecological
disaster zone from the time of Mao’s forced-pace industrialization programs in the 1950s.  The same remains
true today, as the Chinese leadership remains far more concerned about the economic growth rate than about ensuring
that the populace has clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. Witness the government-mandated shutdown of all
factories in the Beijing region in the days leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.   Once the athletes (and the
foreign journalists) were gone, the smokestacks resumed spewing out their plumes of black smoke.  Nothing had
changed.   This is to say that the sorry state of China’s environment has far more to do with misguided political decisions, and the lack of public accountability for the actions of both government and privately owned businesses, than it does with the number of people.

The one-child policy has been a social disaster as well.  Two generations of Chinese have grown up with no siblings, no
cousins, and no aunts and uncles.  This radical shrinking of the boundaries of the family is, in itself, is a great poverty.
Then there is a problem of female infanticide and sex selective abortion, which has eliminated tens of millions of little girls
from the population, leaving an equal number of young men without brides to marry.   Prostitution, homosexuality, and
gang activity are on the rise as a result.

Finally, there is the demographic snare that the one-child policy has set for the Chinese people.   Because of the radical cutback in births, the Chinese population is aging faster than any human population in human history.  The worker/dependency ratio is unsustainable.   How can an only child support two parents and four grandparents in retirement?   I am afraid that this will lead the Chinese government to embark upon a “one-grandparent
policy” in years to come, in which tens of millions of elderly Chinese will be urged to accept euthanasia, perhaps in return
for their only grandchild being allowed to go to college. Forced abortion and forced euthanasia are two sides of the same
debased coin.

For all its failings, I do think that the one-child policy has served one important purpose as far as the Chinese Communist Party is concerned: It has helped to maintain the muscular rigor of the one-party dictatorship that rules China.   China is a police state, after all, and such a state, to remain strong, must have something to police.   Economic controls have been loosened over the past 30 years, so control over other aspects of life must be tightened.  The brutal one-child policy is one consequence of such a system’s relentless drive for control over people’s lives.

Do I think that the Chinese Communist Party really intends to continue, as Li Bin asserts, its one-child policy “decades” into
the future?   Absolutely.   And it will certainly never admit that the policy was a mistake.   One-party dictatorships don’t make mistakes of such consequence-at least if they want to stay in power.

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Niece of Martin Luther King Jr. calls for boycott of abortion industry. Gets flack.

“It is absolutely ludicrous that abortion supporters would accuse a blood relative of Dr. King of hijacking the King legacy. Uncle Martin and my father, Rev. A. D. King were blood brothers. How can I hijack something that belongs to me? I am an heir to the King Family legacy,” she said.  “I have a right to stand at the Lincoln Memorial on the 47th Anniversary of my Uncle’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. The Dream has yet to be realized. That Dream is in my genes and I carry forward in the fight for equality and justice for all blacks, including those in the womb.  My dad and my uncle gave their lives to ensure that the day would come when blacks would be judged not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. If they were here, I know they would stand with me in this fight for the lives of those most vulnerable among us,” said King.

Other African American leaders are joining Alveda in calling for a boycott of the abortion industry.

“It’s interesting to me to hear so called religious people call us the religious right — but that’s okay because they are obviously the complete opposite… they are the religious wrong!  Which begs the question… what God — if any do they serve?” asked Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union.  “As for me, I serve the God of Abraham, Jacob and Isaac — the great I AM… Father of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and all things created.  Those of us who serve the one true God acknowledge we are all made in his image. We bow to God’s Word when He says: ‘Blessed is the fruit of the womb.’ If God says children are a reward, a gift and our heritage, then we must uphold that all children are greatly valuable and desirable to God.  So, I ask again… what God do they serve?”

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Catholic Bishop leads pro-life rally at abortion clinic

The person leading the crowd was the new Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

“We fight for a lot of rights in this country, but you have no rights if you are dead,” said Bishop Joseph Cistone, the new Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

Bishop Joseph Cistone says the ultimate human right is the right to live.

Saturday, he led a prayer service.  It took place out front the Women’s Health Center in Saginaw, a clinic that performs abortions.

“It really struck me today that these women who came here today left behind life, left behind dead babies,” said Bishop Joseph Cistone.

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Newly installed Miami Archbishop speaks about Catholics and the state of the present day world

“To a world tempted to live as if God doesn’t matter and therefore a world that teeters on the brink of despair, we, the Church, need to witness to hope by showing– by what we say and do (and by what we won’t do) – how beautiful, how joyful life is when one lives convinced that God does indeed matter.”

“For this reason,” he stressed, “Catholics should involve themselves in the public square – and do so coherently and unapologetically. Thus, we bring to public policy debates on issues of human life dignity, justice and peace, immigration reform, and marriage and the family an understanding of the human person that, while founded on the Christian Scriptures, is also accessible to human reason.”

“While this understanding expressed in the Church’s social teachings can seem to be quite complex, I believe it can be summarized in one simple phrase: no man is a problem,” Archbishop Wenski said.

“This why as Archbishop of Miami I will continue to proclaim a positive and consistent ethic of life: no human being – no matter how poor or how weak – can be reduced to just a problem. When we allow ourselves to think of a human being as a mere problem, we offend his or her dignity.”

“For us, Catholics, therefore, there can be no such thing as a ‘problem pregnancy,’” he explained, “only a child who is to be welcome in life and protected by law. The refugee, the migrant – even one without ‘papers’ –  is not a problem. He may perhaps be a stranger but a stranger to be embraced as a brother.

“Even criminals – for all the horror of their crimes – do not lose their God-given dignity as human beings. They too must be treated with respect, even in their punishment,” he added.

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The Immorality of Illegal Immigration – from a Catholic perspective

Fr. Patrick Bascio, an author and retired priest of the Holy Ghost Fathers, recently had published On the Immorality of Illegal Immigration, a book that he says has been sent to many bishops to help inform their views. Fr. Bascio’s book was published by AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Ind., 800- 839- 8640, www. authorhouse. com. Bascio, who served in the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa and whose e- mail address is paj bascio@ yahoo. com, engaged in the following edited e- mail interview with The Wanderer.

Why do you think a Catholic priest’s book on the immorality of illegal immigration is needed? Do you think your experience as a priest gives you a special perspective?

A. I believe that a book on the subject from a priest is badly needed. My experience is that there is universal belief on the part of the average Catholic Christian that since the American bishops have, at times, approved of the demonstrations [about illegal immigration] to the point of sometimes advising their priests to break the law and give illegals sanctuary, that this must be the official position of the Church.

However, the Vatican has made clear that although it wishes bishops to assist any immigrant with special care, since they are usually very poor and dislocated, it also has made clear that this assistance must always be within the laws of the host nation.

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Catholics and Immigration

On this issue, the Church ought to be especially careful with her moral authority, which ought to include moral clarity. Cardinal Mahoney’s recently designated successor, Archbishop José Gomez, issued a letter on immigration after he took over in San Antonio. He repeated Church teaching about the dignity of all people, even illegals, and our responsibilities towards them. But he wrote that we have to understand the anger many Americans feel at illegals breaking the law and causing multiple problems. Archbishop Gomez is Mexican-born and favors comprehensive immigration reform. But clearly he does not feel a need to ingratiate himself with Hispanic Catholics.

There are a few Open Borders advocates in the Church and the country. The rest of us understand that without control over who immigrates and their relationship to the political system, we no longer live under the rule of law. In Catholic social teaching and American Constitutionalism, the rule of law is the good alternative to a very bad one: rule by the will of men.

At the protests this weekend against the Arizona legislation, some marchers carried signs reading, “No human is illegal.” True. No government can properly declare anyone’s mere existence on earth against the law. But human beings do things that are illegal, including breaking immigration laws. Protesters with the seemingly liberal attitude want to draw on the Christian sentiment that every person has an inalienable God-given dignity – and to equate it with the right to live in this country at will. Catholics used to be clear about crucial distinctions of this sort. We’re not big on people being a law unto themselves. Far from enhancing her influence, even with Hispanics, a confused notion of charity on questions like this will cast further doubt on whether the Church really understands current problems.

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Dr. Frankenstein would be proud: 80 killed to create human embryo with 2 mothers, 1 father

Lead researcher Professor Doug Turnbull told the Sun newspaper, “What we’ve done is like changing the battery on a laptop.”

Josephine Quintavalle, a British pro-life advocate who heads the group CORE, told the newspaper she opposes the destructive process, saying, “”They are creating a child with two mothers. We have to find better ways to cure diseases.”

Officials with the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children also responded and told LifeNews.com scientists should stop killing and abusing human beings in experiments.

“None of the 80 or more embryos created by the Newcastle team were allowed to live,” Anthony Ozimic, SPUC’s communications manager, commented. “Each of those embryos were members of the human family, with a right to life equal to those of the scientists who killed them. Human life begins at conception. Any grounds for denying human rights to human embryos are arbitrary and self-serving.”

“Creating embryonic children in the laboratory abuses them, by subjecting them to unnatural processes. As with IVF and cloning, this mitochondrial technique may well lead to developmental abnormalities,” he added.

Ozimic said, “Scientists should respect human life and pursue ethical alternatives which are much more likely to be successful in the long-term.”

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