Zygotes and Beyond

by Fr. Charles Irvin

June,1996



It’s only a zygote, a fertilized human cell, not even an embryo. It has no “quality of human life” and to “terminate its existence” is only a matter of degree – it’s not killing in the very nature of killing. Whether or not it has a human soul is a matter of indifference.

It’s only an embryo. It has no quality of human life and to terminate its existence is only a matter of degree, not of kind. “Killing” is much too harsh of a word. Whether or not it has a human soul is of little consequence.

It’s only a fetus. It has no quality of human life. It’s simply a part of a woman’s body and belongs to her. To terminate its existence is only a matter of degree, not of kind. Whether or not it has a human soul is of no consequence.

It’s only a fetus because three centimeters of its skull remains in the mother’s birth canal. It’s still a part of a woman’s body and therefore it belongs to her. To terminate its existence is only a difference in degree, not of kind. It doesn’t have it’s own soul yet. And even if it may, it’s not yet a legally recognized human person.

It’s still attached to the mother’s umbilical cord, it’s still a part of her body and belongs to her. It’s her choice as to whether or not we can “terminate its existence”. It’s only a difference in degree, not in kind. It does not yet enjoy a “quality human life”. The mother’s choice should be absolute.

It’s only a Chinese female child. To terminate its existence is only a matter of degree, not of kind. She would totally lack in any “quality of human life.” It would be an act of mercy to assure that she wouldn’t have to live a life of misery. So we can “terminate her existence”, preferably by drowning.

It’s only a Jewish child. Ethnic cleansing and purity of blood is of pre-eminent importance to achieving the “Final Solution”. Whether or not it has a soul is a matter of theological speculation and therefore of little importance. To terminate its existence is quite permissible because it’s only a difference in degree, not in kind.

It’s only a suffering human life living in terminal illness and utter pain. It has no quality of human life. It would be merciful and moral to join in it’s act of suicide. Beside, “terminate its life” is only a difference in degree, not in kind.

 

* * * * * WARNING * * * * *

Unless you belong to a privileged and powerful subset of the human species, unless you are a part of the powerful elite, you should begin to seriously think about having Congress pass a new law entitled “The Endangered Human Species Act”.

The arguments and the thinking of the secular humanists, the moral relativists, and the rational positivists presented above are reaching the point where I am feeling the need for legal remedies against those who will one day decide that my life is “lacking in quality human living” and that to “terminate my existence” would only be a “difference in degree, not in kind”.

There was, once, a time when we believed that we were endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights. References to the “Creator” being no longer a politically correct objective correlative we are now forced to rely only upon human rights endowed upon us by Congress and Courts, two institutions that are far from being trustworthy when it comes to protecting human life.

All of which makes it doubtful that an “Endangered Human Species Act” would make it through Congress into law, and even so might not pass the Supreme Court’s scrutiny, particularly if it contained references to our Creator endowing us with inalienable rights.

 


About Charles Irvin

Fr. Charlie was ordained a priest June 3, 1967 and has served as pastor of St. Mary Student Chapel in Ann Arbor, founded Holy Spirit parish in Hamburg, MI, served as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi parish in Ann Arbor and was pastor of St. Mary parish in Manchester, MI when he entered Senior Priest status in 2001. In 1999 he was appointed Founding Editor of FAITH Magazine which has grown into Faith Catholic Publishing located in Lansing, MI. He is now very active in his “retirement.”