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February 24, 2005

Judges play games with lives

From CNN:

Earlier this month, Illinois judge Jeffrey Lawrence refused to dismiss a wrongful death suit against a fertility clinic in Chicago. The plaintiffs are a couple, Alison Miller and Todd Parrish. They allege that the defendant, the Center for Human Reproduction in Chicago, discarded their nine embryos and thereby ended the embryos' lives.

In Illinois, the judge explained, a fetus qualifies as a deceased person for purposes of the Wrongful Death Act. Furthermore, said the judge, "a pre-embryo is a 'human being' ... whether or not it is implanted in its mother's womb." For this conclusion, the judge cited another Illinois law that specifically finds that an "unborn child is a human being from the time of conception and is, therefore, a legal person."

Critics of the decision worry about its potential implications for the right to abortion, for stem cell research, and for fertility medicine.

Whether it's a human life or not is immaterial to the pro-death crowd, since their “right” to murder or exploit the human beings they've categorized as “non-human” takes priority. Sounds a lot like the argument the pro-slavery crowd used when they complained that ending slavery would be an economic hardship for too many white people.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 24, 2005 10:58 AM

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