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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

HOW OLD AM I? Or, the Great SCNT Controversy

# 357 Friday, August 10, 2007 - HOW OLD AM I? Or, the Great SCNT Controversy

By Don C. Reed

On August 19, 2007, I will be 62 years old. I think.

Until recently, there was no doubt in my mind, how old I was, when my life really began. Life began counting from the moment I entered the world. Waaaaa—hi Mom, hello world, start the clock.

Philosophers and religious folks may disagree. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle felt differently, believing that life begins when the baby first stirs inside the mother, the “quickening” which he reckoned as the 40th day inside the womb. In 1591, Pope Gregory XIV, leader of the Catholic Church, agreed with this theory on when life begins. That would make me 62 years, seven and a half months. In biological terms, I am told, the quickening really happens around the fourth month, which would make me 62 years and 5 months

In 1896, Pope Pius IX changed the Church’s definition of the beginning of life, saying life began at the instant of conception—when sperm meets egg.
That would make me 62 years and nine months old, because I was a nine-month baby.

In the 21st century, however, President Bush moved the goal posts of life’s beginning still further back, saying that life begins before the mother gets involved at all.

“I…urge the Congress to ban all human cloning,” said Mr. Bush, “We must not create life to destroy life. Human beings (are)…innocent children waiting to be born…not research material to be used in a cruel and reckless experiment.”—January 23, 2003. http://www.priestsforlife.org

The President was referring to the medical procedure known as Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT), sometimes called therapeutic cloning.

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