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UK Experiments on Living Human Embryos Spark Concern

Scientists from the Francis Crick Institute in England started experimenting last month on 7-day-old living human embryos donated from in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to edit out gene OCT4 that handles development of the baby. The only problem is these experiments kill these embryonic babies.

“What lies at the heart of this debate is our view of the human embryo,” said Gov. Sam Brownback, the Ambassador At Large for International Religious Freedom. “The central question in this debate is simple: Is the human embryo a person or a piece of property?” Members of the pro-life community, who intrinsically understand life begins at conception, are not the only ones concerned with this latest technological advancement.

Jennifer Doudna, who pioneered the CRISPR gene-editing tool used by the Francis Crick researchers, is also concerned where her invention is leading morally: “I have to admit that I feel personally uncomfortable with the idea that there could eventually be factories pumping out lots of human embryos for the purposes of experimentation. I can’t put my finger on why, but it feels like it cheapens something about human life.”

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UK Freezes Sperm and Eggs of Future ‘Transgender’ Teens

U.K.’s National Health Services (NHS) is freezing the sperm of males as young as 12 and preserving the eggs of girls as young as 16 who plan to transition to the other sex through surgery and drugs so that these children can have their own biological children later.

These fertility procedures are costing hundreds of thousands of pounds and are not welcome by everyone, including one Anglican bishop, Michael Nazir-Ali. “The NHS is about treating people who are ill—that’s what we pay our taxes for,” says the bishop. “It is not to aid people’s various wishes about what they want to do with their bodies or their futures.”

Why is the NHS involved in fertility? The Telegraph reported in July that the number of British minors being referred to gender identity clinics is significantly on the rise, including children as young as 3 years old.

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Australian Senator Says No to Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ on Postal Survey

Despite pressures from her colleagues, Australian Labor Sen. Helen Polley of Tasmania has decided to vote against legalizing same-sex “marriage” in Australia’s nationwide postal survey. “This is a very personal, very much a conscience vote, and my Christian belief and my faith tell me one thing,” she explained.

Pressures are great not just for Polley but for regular Christian citizens in the country who fear being labeled as bigots or losing their jobs by discussing their views on marriage. Australia’s conservative Coalition for Marriage recognizes the legitimacy of these concerns and hopes to encourage bravery on the part of the faith community.

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Sex Change Regret Study Denied for UK Grad Student

James Caspian, a practicing psychotherapist pursuing his master’s degree in counseling and psychotherapy at Bath Spa University in the U.K., had hoped to study those who regretted having sex reassignment surgery. But his proposal was summarily rejected by the University for being too “politically incorrect” and for being seen as potentially damaging to the school’s reputation.

Caspian, a long-time counselor specializing in therapies for “transgenders,” responded to the rejection letter by stating, “[M]y ego is strong enough to withstand attack or criticism should I read it elsewhere than social media” and went on to tell BBC radio, “I think that a university exists to encourage discussion, research—dissent even, challenging perhaps ideas that are out of date or not particularly useful.”

It’s too bad Caspian didn’t get the chance to confront the status quo since regret for “transgenders” who have had surgery is not uncommon. In fact, a 2016 landmark study in The New Atlantis reports that sex-reassigned individuals were about five times more likely to attempt suicide and about 19 times more likely to die by suicide.

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Canada Comes Up With Third Identifying Category for Passports

Don’t want to be considered male or female on your Canadian passport? No problem. Now you can simply choose “X” as an unspecified sex. At least eight other countries, including Australia and Germany, offer a third option on passports or national identification cards to appease the gender confused.

Interestingly, many LGBT activists want to do away with the sex marker altogether on all identification cards, which some believe could pose a security risk. Jack Fonseca, senior political strategist with Campaign Life Coalition, is very concerned about privacy issues that will result from genderless IDs. “Are we actually hearing people suggest the solution to the risks introduced by genderless passports and security documents is to force every citizen to agree to put their iris scans into a worldwide government database?” he points out. “No thanks. I prefer we just stick to science and accept that there are only two genders: hims and hers.”

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