Lunes 21 de Enero de 2002, Ip nº 10

What will the children without parents be like?
Por Primarosa Chieri

One awesome aspect of scientific progress is the recent news about cloning human embryos in order to build organ and tissue banks for the eradication of such frequent illnesses as cancer, diabetes and congenital malformations.

Once again, the self-called "king of creation" or "cultural animal", with their eagerness for power, begets a new idea: transform nature and steal from it its infinite power and intrinsic wisdom.

But, what if - and this is very likely to happen - the line gets crossed and these embryos come to their natural end and get born? It is in this point of scientific research where I stop to feel the fear that overcomes me, I let my imagination wander and start to consider what would happen if hundreds of babies were born as the offspring of a simple laboratory technique.

Babies without parents or grandparents!

These children will write on the fist page of their electronic diary: "I, an individual born from an ovule whose name was Anonymous X-W2, am ten and go to school where I interact with children my age (...) My body is just like theirs, but I will grow old later and my illnesses will quickly treated and repaired (...) However, I suffer from an invisible pain since the day I was born, a pain I cannot express to anybody, and certainly not to my family. The reason is plain to see: I don't have a family. I have neither parents nor grandparents."

They will condemn the fact that they were deprived of something to essential to their human life, maybe even the most important of things: their identity, the archive of their past, their memories. The safety and emotional comfort that biological and spiritual bonds offer, and that should be found in their parents, grandparents and siblings. Those beings who participate in our lives from the beginning, with two magical cells which, by joining, give us the best present ever: life, our little piece of existence and time.

Who will tell them the story of the people they love, their families' past? How will they be able to travel to distant countries to visit the places where their grandparents and great-grandparents were born, and their graves? None of this will these creatures have, although they may be healthier, smarter and live longer than others. Perhaps these pages their diaries will lack, related to their biological and historic past, split their souls, spoil their present and future, and lead them to a sadness that might transform their envied longevity in an endless suffering.


I hope these facts are easily understood and rejected by man, for opposing their very essence, without even needing laws or prohibiting decree.

Translation by Carolina Friszman

  27/12/2001. La Nación (Argentina).


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