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Monday, January 29, 2007

One more step towards Frankensteinism

Israeli court: Family can have dead soldier's sperm
In a precedent-setting decision, an Israeli court has ruled that a dead soldier's family can have his sperm impregnated into the body of a woman he never met.

Keivan Cohen, 20, was shot dead in 2002 by a Palestinian sniper in the Gaza Strip. He was single and left no will. But at the urging of his parents, a sample of his sperm was taken two hours after his death and has been stored in a hospital since.
I honestly have sympathy for the family in the loss of their son. However, I am seriously disturbed by this case. If you read the rest of the article you will see that it has become common practice for soldiers, including Americans, to leave sperm samples or extraction orders before deploying into war zones so that they may be able to father children after death.

This seems to raise several legal and moral issues. The Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks strongly on the area of artificial insemination. See CCC 2376 - 2378. This could also cloud the waters of heredity with the ability to create legal heirs after death. I believe that man's "god compex" is coming to a dangerous peak and we are going to start seeing a lot of really bad consequences.

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