Dear Friends and Family of the Preborn Child:
The DVD we sent you last month was a video that plays in your DVD video player. Since I indicated it was of Father Stevens singing, “Prayer for the Preborn Child,” some of you mistakenly thought it was a CD like you can play in your car CD player. It is not. It’s a video. I sent a copy to Father Stevens and when I later spoke with him, he very humbly said, “I had forgotten about that.” He, of course, had given his permission to send it around and his statement to me after viewing it himself was, “I hope it becomes the theme song of the pro-life movement.”
Winston Churchill spoke for all of England and the free world when he stood stalwartly and heroically against Hitler and the Nazi party and all that they stood for, including their desire to “perfect the race.” Ironically, England has now become the first country in the world to take a step down this same misguided and treacherous path of “perfecting the race.” Britain has approved legislation allowing for the conception of in vitro children by combining the eggs of two mothers, then fertilized by the sperm of one father. The baby born from this has no single mother genetically, but rather two mothers and, in truth, is divorced from each one.
The Commandment says, “Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12) The word “mother” is singular, not plural. What is being proposed is against the natural order and in contravention of the Commandment.
Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, put it well when he said:
“To put it simply, our children have the right to be procreated, not produced. They have the right to come into the world in the personal, love-giving embrace of their parents, not in the cold and impersonal glass world of test tube or Petri dish. They have the right to be uniquely, exclusively and directly related to the mother and father who bring them into the world. IVF ignores all of these rights of the child.”
Speaking of the IVF procedure that combines the eggs of two women, Father Pacholczyk continues:
“In the mitochondrial swapping scheme, it is significant that not just the mitochondria are “swapped” but actually all the other structures of the cell come from the second woman’s egg, including the mitochondria. In summary then, we are not actually “repairing” a defective egg, but constructing a new, alternative and clearly different egg out of the contributions from two separate women. The final egg produced really belongs to neither woman, so that the technological manipulations introduce a fissure between any child conceived from the engineered egg and both “mothers.” The child becomes “distanced” or “orphaned” from both women involved in the process.”
Like so much of devilish mischief, it’s initially presented to us in a sugar-coated way. The “sugar-coating” here that sold it to the British legislature is that it can ostensibly be used to correct genetic diseases and maladies. The wealthy will be able to afford it. Next, they’ll want not just to correct things, but to add things. They will want their child to be beautiful or handsome; of a certain intelligence; of a certain athletic ability; of a certain color of hair and eyes, etc. If this technology had been available to Hitler and the Nazi’s, who knows where it would have led? Who knows where it could lead today in the hands of some dictatorial leader in some other nation of the world? The civilized world must stand against this!
Dr. Jerome Lejeune put it well when he said, “Technology is cumulative; wisdom is not.” Dr. Lejeune continued, “So now we must choose, and we need something which would tell us in every case what to do; some touchstone that would tell us what is good and what is evil. There is a phrase. You know it. If the politicians remember it, they can always make honest laws. If the technicians do not forget it, technology will remain an honest servant to humanity; but if both of them forget it, then you would have to deal with a very denatured biology and there would be A VERY DIM FUTURE FOR MANKIND!”
“This phrase – you know it – it judges everything forever.” It simply says, “As you have done unto the least of these, you did it unto me.”
Yours Very sincerely and respectfully,
R. Martin Palmer
P.S. Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in neuroscience from Yale and did post-doctoral work at Harvard. He is a priest of the diocese of Fall River, MA and serves as the Director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. See www.ncbcenter.org
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