Court decision reopens debate on assisted reproduction
In a narrowly split decision that mixes issues of constitutional jurisdictions, the use of the criminal code and the ethics of reproductive technology, the Supreme Court of Canada has struck down several key aspects of Canada’s Assisted Human Reproduction Act.
While the ambiguity and lack of restrictions created by the decision are disappointing, the matter is far from over. Whether the federal government attempts to modify its law to deal with the Court’s concerns or leaves it up to the provinces, the issue of reproductive technology will likely be debated in the coming months.
As Christians we need to be prepared to speak into these critical and cutting edge issues. Although the ability to mix the genetic material of humans and animals didn’t exist in Biblical times, the Bible is not neutral on these matters and we shouldn’t be either. We must sound the alarm urging our society not to allow babies to become like commercial goods as described in the Wall Street Journal article (here are Albert Mohler’s comments on the story).
All of us should think through what it means to be “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-16, ESV) and how the great value God places on human life applies to the issues of today.
For those Christians who affirm this truth and have trained in these scientific and medical areas, it may be that you were made “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14, ESV).
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