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Human embryos

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 Contents - Mar 2007AD2000 March 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: How we can help young East Timorese - Peter Westmore
WYDSYD08: Salesian provincial urges parishes to sponsor Timorese to World Youth Day 2008 - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Sandhurst: Goddess worship at Victorian education conference? - Michael Gilchrist
Formation: Continuing growth of Sydney's Catholic Adult Education Centre - AD2000 Report
Catholicism flourishes in South Korea - Richard Stokes
Leadership: The scandal of Australia's anti-life Catholic politicians - Marcel White
'Professional', a l carte Catholicism and its papier mch schools - Andrew T. Kania
Survey of Catholic teachers
The changing panorama of Victoria's historic 'Rupertswood' - Michael Moore
Catholic religion courses and the challenge of relativism - Audrey English
Letters: Reform needed - T. Kalotas
Letters: Catholic schools - Kevin McBride
Letters: Null and void - Fr. G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Presumption - John H. Cooney
Letters: Suitable wedding attire - Tom and Barbara Phillip
Letters: Modesty of dress - Greg Byrne
Letters: Ten Commandments - Arthur Hartwig
Letters: Abortion counselling - Frank Bellet
Letters: Leadership needed - Anne Lastman
Letters: Human embryos - Rebecca Soares
Letters: Ecumenism? - Peter Davidson
Books: The Glory of These Forty Days, by Fr James Tolhurst - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: LISTEN MY SON: St Benedict for Fathers, by Dwight Longenecker - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: SEEKING THE ABSOLUTE: The Founders of Christian Monasticism - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Media: The Rosary of the Virgin Mary - 4 DVD or 4 CD set - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
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Reflection: The Holy Trinity - source of true Christian unity - Fr John O'Neill

I find it disturbing that articles in the secular media continue to endorse surrogacy, IVF and the like.

I see these medical techniques as clearly messing about with human embryos which, whether one likes it or not, are human beings. Just because they don't look like humans or sound like humans does not change the fact they are human, which means they have the right to be safe from lethal medical treatment, or research, or whatever.

Obviously these embryos are not advanced enough to be making such choices; still it doesn't mean we developed humans, who once were embryos, have the right to take away their rights.

I don't find stories of surrogate or IVF babies heart-warming. I find them incredibly sad.

No-one has the right to a child, let alone go to extremes manipulating living human embryos - which all have the right to life.

REBECCA SOARES
A Year 10 student
Heidelberg, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 2 (March 2007), p. 16

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