View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Eggs For Sale - O Brave New World!

Never underestimate the perversity of the anti-life crowd - or the power of money.

In New York women will soon be able to donate their eggs.

That's right, their eggs.

Those eggs might be used to help get other people pregnant, but they might also be used for embryonic stem cell research.

And the "donors" will be able to get reimbursement of up to $10,000 — paid for by taxpayers.

This is no joke. This is not Swiftian satire. This is news.

The board that oversees funding of the state's stem cell research voted to make New York the only state that allows taxpayer dollars to be used to pay for women to donate their eggs strictly for stem cell research.

State health officials argue that it is necessary to compensate women for the burden, discomfort and expense related to the donation process so that suitable eggs can be found for stem cell research.

Mind you, this is also a state that is running a deficit. It's a way to spend money we don't have.

And you know what's going to happen. Women desperate for money will to take risks with their health to donate. Poor women. The unemployed. Young women trying to make ends meet.

Never mind that embryonic stem cell is not producing results - while adult stem cell research is. Never mind that it will lead to the deaths of those unborn children.

Just dangle that money out there.

My money.

Just as they want to use my money to help pay for abortions under some of the national health reform proposals.

The vote was almost unanimous. There was one "No."

Father Thomas Berg, a priest in the Archdiocese of New York who sits on the board, voted against the compensation policy.

Good for him.

He reportedly said he opposed using taxpayer money to entice vulnerable women to donate their eggs for what he called speculative research.

"We have to understand that this is aimed at a bigger project of using embryonic human life as raw material for research," he said.

So when do we take the next step and allow the poor to sell body parts?

Cash for kidneys!

Lucre for livers!

Moolah for marrow!

Funds for flesh!

Come on, you can get by with one eye!

What a sad world.


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