Oregon, the home of assisted suicide in the US, continues its leadership in the movement to dehumanize and strip life of its dignity. LifeSite News reports:
PORTLAND, Oregon, October 10, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied a father’s appeal to keep his six frozen embryos alive, and ordered that the embryos be destroyed by thawing, as ordered by his ex-wife. The court also ruled that the embryos’ fate fell under the issue of “property rights.”
The court unanimously agreed that the father, orthodontist Dr. Darrell Angle, had no right to “impose a genetic parental relationship” on his ex-wife, pediatrician Dr. Laura Dahl, who did not wish to be considered the mother of the preborn children in the event that they were carried to term. Angle, on the other hand, insisted that the embryos were alive and deserved to be protected from destruction.
In 2000, Drs. Angle and Dahl had married and given birth to a son, and in 2004 decided to conceive again via in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The treatment failed, and six embryos were frozen for indefinite preservation. The agreement signed by both parties named Dahl as the default decision-maker concerning the fate of the embryos, should the couple separate.
When the couple divorced soon after, Dahl indicated that she wished to destroy the embryos because she “did not want anyone else to raise her child,” and also feared that the child might one day contact his or her sibling, Dahl’s naturally-conceived son.
Angle urged the court to reconsider, and said he could not stand to let the small human lives he had fathered be destroyed.
“There’s no pain greater than having participated in the demise of your own child,” said Angle.
The court nonetheless ordered that the embryos be killed.
Two things come to light here — first, the macabre consistency of the anti-life ethic which brought both euthanasia and now this to the state of Oregon, and threatens the rest of the US. When life is evaluated solely on the basis of convenience, it is those with the most power – political or otherwise – who hold all others’ lives in their hands.
Second, it reveals the wisdom of the Church’s warning against the dangers of reproductive technologies like IVF, which are what created this situation in the first place. Man is a social animal, the fundamental unit of society is the family (not the individual), and the family is generated by the natural life-giving union of the sexes. In the divorce of these concepts we lose both man and society.