On The Nightstand
Suggested resources to enhance your understanding of issues pertaining to early human life. Click on the image for help accessing the work.
Brave New World. Read the book, skip the movie. Growing people in jars doesn’t end well.
Film: eggsploitation. A documentary by the Center for Bioethics and Culture.
The Mother Machine. Embryo transfer in cows. Embryo transfer in women. “Informed consent” in the early days of human IVF. Eugenics. Sex Determination.
Human Embryos, Human Beings. “Condic and Condic have produced the most rigorous and most thorough philosophical and scientific defense of the reality that the life of a human being begins at conception.” -Ryan T. Anderson, PhD. The Heritage Foundation.
Embryo. A Defense of Human Life. Chapter 2: The Facts of Embryology.
dignitas personae. “The dignity of a person must be recognized in every human being from conception to natural death. This fundamental principle… must be at the center of ethical reflection on biomedical research ….”
On Conscience. “Can someone’s conscience be wrong?”…”How do we know the truth that our consciences should follow?” John M. Haas, PhD. From the Foreward.
The Concentration Can. World-renowned geneticist Jerome Lejeune presents a fascinating account of his testimony about the origin of human life during a historic court case in Marysville, Tennessee.
Acorns and Embryos. “But are human embryos human beings?” Robert P. George, Patrick Lee.
The Power of Silence. “Through silence, we return to our heavenly origin, where there is nothing but calm, peace, repose, silent contemplation, and adoration of the radiant face of God.” Robert Cardinal Sarah.
Thomas More Society: Embryo Amicus. “The Court in this case is being asked to decide the fate of two female embryos of Loeb (father) and Vergara (mother) cryopreserved in an IVF Clinic. The Court’s decision will significantly turn on what rights the embryos are accorded in their parents’ contest over a parenting plan for them.”
When Does Human Life Begin? A Scientific Perspective. “The debate in our society and others is not over when human life begins but is over at what point and for what reasons do we have an obligation to respect and protect that life. Before we can get to that argument, however, we need to clear the smog surrounding the question of when human life begins. This White Paper makes an invaluable contribution to that end” (from the Foreword). Paper author: Maureen L Condic, Ph.D.