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June 19, 2012

In the Wrong Hands…Ours

Technology without virtue can be deadly. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

According to a recent article in Nature, geneticists at the University of Washington in Seattle have succeeded in reconstructing fetal DNA from the mother and father’s blood. This means doctors could potentially test for genetic defects in a safe and non-invasive way before babies are born.

This is terrible news — not because we have a new and safer diagnostic technique, but because we know where this road leads. Existing technology already tests babies for Down syndrome in the womb. And as I’ve shared with you before on “The Point,” nine out of ten of those babies who test positive are aborted.

Diagnosing down syndrome is dangerous not because it’s a fatal defect, but because our society targets them for extinction because they’re inconveniently different. Which differences are next? The one you have?

This technology will only enable the new eugenics — the kind not in concentration camps but in medical labs.

Pro-lifers need to be ready to stand against it. Come to for resources. I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Fetal Genome Deduced from Parental DNA
Alison Motluk | Nature | June 07, 2012

Joni and Friends International Disability Center
The Christian Institute on Disability

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity

Why the Church Needs Bioethics: A Guide to Wise Engagement with Life's Challenges
John F. Kilner |

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