Scientists have set a new record in keeping a human embryo–that is to say, a developing baby–alive outside the womb for 13 days. Then they let it–rather, him or her–die.
The law in England, where the experiment took place, sets a limit of 14 days, the time of “individuation” after which identical twins cannot split off from each other. The experiment was cut short to avoid going over that limit, but reportedly the embryo could have been allowed to keep developing. Now scientists are calling for the limit to be extended.
How scrupulous they are to obey the government’s law, while being oblivious to the moral law against killing the helpless, not to mention the violation of parenthood. [Read more…]