The Stand To Reason Blog ran a post in October on when does life begin. It seems from the evidence it cites that there is less controversy concerning this matter in the scientific community than the public has been led to believe. The blog links to a White Paper which outlines the scientific evidence that life begins at the moment of conception. I may feature this White Paper soon on this blog. After reading this, no one should be able to claim that the question as to when life begins is above any one's pay grade.
The next stories are from the BBC. These two concern matters I thought we would be likely to deal with in the future. But I was wrong. The issues have been made present concerns. The first article features claims by scientists that frozen embryos are more likely to be born healthy that non-frozen ones. Particularly, they are less likely to be born prematurely. Would a nation that forces National Health Care upon its citizens create incentives for women to freeze embryos to relieve the state of the burden of caring for those born prematurely? Could there be a choice given by the state to women that the state either pay for this "service" or pay for an abortion? The other story is even more surprising. Did you know that a procedure exists to surgically determine the sex of a child? It does exist but is not legal in all countries. You would think that it would be legal in the U.K. and Europe, but it is not. But it is legal here in the USA. Often times the procedure produces more than one child in the womb and so abortion is provided for if the couple does not wish to have more than one child from the procedure. A British Doctor is quoted as being worried about the burden of multiple births, not just on the mother, but on the National Health Service. Amazing. If some children should be born, their lives would cost the government!
Obama would appreciate this, in fact, he voted for something very much like it in the Illinois Legislature. It seems that the British Government would like to begin sex education classes in their schools starting at age five. The government says it will work with religious schools to make sure those school's values are not ignored. But what of those religious groups that oppose all sex education classes in schools? Will sanctions be brought against them to bring them into line?