Gideon's Blog

In direct contravention of my wife's explicit instructions, herewith I inaugurate my first blog. Long may it prosper.

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Monday, April 29, 2002
Ponnuru in NRO says Senator Hatch is going to come out in favor of research cloning. This is not really a surprise. The LDS Church holds that human life begins at implantation, not conception. This is a perfectly reasonable hard-line test; until an embryo is implanted, it has no way of becoming a human being, and we should no more adopt a hard-line stance regarding its "rights" than we should the majority of such entities disposed of naturally by the body. (That does not, of course, mean that potential human life is a mere thing; see my arguments in earlier posts for an intermediate position.) I'd expect Hatch to be more concerned with what his Mormon constituents think than what the Catholic Church or other conceptionists do in this matter.