First Baptist Church of Perryville

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“Eggsploitation” of Women through Egg Donation

egg1.png  One of the ethical violations that led to charges against South Korean cloning researcher Hwang Woo-Suk was that he used female lab assistants as egg donors.1 Embryonic stem-cell research requires cloned human embryos. Embryos are fertilized eggs. So, Professor Hwang threw moral considerations to the wind and used his own assistants as research tools. In fact, increasing numbers of women around the world are being solicited for their eggs for the purposes of medical experimentation. The problems with egg donation for reproductive purposes are sufficiently strong to avoid the practice, but what about egg donation for research? Are there ethical reasons not to donate one’s eggs? continue reading… »

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Income Disparity and Social Justice

  8 And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ 9 And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ Matthew 20:8-15 (ESV)