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Brave New World: UK ethicist wants women to abandon motherhood, use artificial wombs
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/brave-new-world-uk-ethicist-wants-women-to-abandon-motherhood-use-artificia ^ | 1/23/2012 | Peter Baklinski

Posted on 01/23/2012 12:55:58 PM PST by Morgana

NORWICH, U.K., January 23, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In remarks that critics have said are disturbingly reminiscent of Aldous Huxley’s famous dystopian novel “Brave New World,” a UK ethicist has argued that since pregnancy causes “natural inequality” between the sexes, women must be liberated from the “burdens and risks of pregnancy” through the use of “ectogenesis”, or artificial wombs.

“Pregnancy is a condition that causes pain and suffering, and that affects only women. The fact that men do not have to go through pregnancy to have a genetically related child, whereas women do, is a natural inequality,” writes Dr. Anna Smajdor in an article that recently appeared in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics.

In her Defense of Ectogenesis, published online December, 2011, Smajdor construes pregnancy as a “medical problem, along with other conditions that cause pain and suffering.” Smajdor is Lecturer in Ethics at the School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice in the University of East Anglia.

“If there were a disease that caused symptoms and risks similar to those caused by pregnancy, I contend that it would be regarded as being fairly serious, and that we would have good reasons to try to insure against it,” argues Smajdor, who lumps pregnancy along with “diseases” that continue for many months, such as the measles.

For Smajdor, currently “men reap all the benefits of women’s gestation, while women bear the risks and burdens.”

Accordingly, in Smajdor’s worldview, “women are disadvantaged as a group through brute luck, because men can reproduce without undergoing the risks of pregnancy.”

In other words, to be a woman, for Smajdor, simply means to become biologically more like a man. To do this, a woman’s innate and natural potential to procreate, nurture, and bear a new human life must be stripped away and handed over to science and technology. Only when all human beings do not bear children will a genuine equality be more closely approached, she proposes.

“Perhaps not all the dis-benefits of being a woman are attributable to childbearing,” acknowledges Smajdor, “but alleviating these burdens would surely help.”

In Huxley’s “Brave New World” reproduction is taken over entirely by the World State where children are created, “decanted” and raised in “hatcheries” and “conditioning centres.”

For Smajdor, the issue is simply a matter of sex equality: “Either we view women as baby carriers who must subjugate their other interests to the well-being of their children or we acknowledge that our social values and level of medical expertise are no longer compatible with ‘natural’ reproduction,” she concludes.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: bravenewworld; feminazi; feminaziagenda; hatcheries; prolife

1 posted on 01/23/2012 12:56:06 PM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana

What a freak, clueless hag.


2 posted on 01/23/2012 1:00:16 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Now I know how the average lefty would feel if Fred Phelps were elected President.)
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To: Morgana

UK ethicist fired for not having a clue regarding the nature of her responsiblities.

Liberals wake up every morning and ask themselves:
“(WWSD?) What would Satan do?”


3 posted on 01/23/2012 1:02:30 PM PST by G Larry (We need Bare Knuckles Newt to fight this battle.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny; wagglebee; little jeremiah; Chode

You know what I want to say to her?

SHUT UP!! SHUT UP!! it comes from the Latin phrase “shut’ meaning “close” and “Up” meaning your mouth you idiot!!!


4 posted on 01/23/2012 1:09:43 PM PST by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Morgana

She should petition the UK govt to file sexual discrimination charges against God...


5 posted on 01/23/2012 1:10:34 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
About the author:

I am a lecturer and researcher in biomedical ethics. My research interests are focussed on the ethical implications of innovation and research in all areas of the biosciences, including: new reproductive technologies; research ethics and governance; justice and resource allocation. My doctoral research, funded by the Wellcome Trust, was on the ethics of using artificial gametes in reproduction.

In 2010 I obtained funding from the Wellcome Trust to collaborate with film-makers Tom Lloyd and Tim Fleming on the creation of a 20 minute film. 'In Vitro' tells the story of a female scientist who, frustrated by finding her research hampered by regulatory restrictions, fertilises one of her own eggs with sperm manufactured from her bone marrow.

I suspect that she's a rug-muncher, but I can't prove it. She's involved with something called the "Progress Educational Trust" ... looks like a tangled web of abortionists, eugenicists, and socialists.

Ick.

6 posted on 01/23/2012 1:10:44 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Morgana

my wife found it to be a beautiful experience, except during labor of course. then she wanted to kill me.


7 posted on 01/23/2012 1:11:30 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I felt the same with childbirth. Hated the actual birthing part-—but all else gave such joy and happiness. The process is necessary for the healthy development of a child—even the actually passing through the birth canal is an important element for the lungs.

This woman wants children to be brought up without biological connections—no loving mother and father—exactly like Marx wanted-—he hated the natural family. Without the natural family, children are emotion cripples and have no recourse from fascism. They are easier to make into slaves.

Everything which creates emotions of empathy, love and security in children-—she wants destroyed. She wants inhumane people-—like Charles Manson who never even knew his biological father, and was sodomized because his mother never protected him, creating an inhumane, angry, hateful person.

She wants to create drones for “human beings” so they can be managed and controlled by the Marxist government. Mothers and Fathers are the people who protect their children (usually)-—Orphanages were a source of constant child abuse—creating broken people who were easily manipulated or evil.


8 posted on 01/23/2012 1:45:09 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law.)
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To: Morgana

Speaking as a woman who has been pregnant and given birth, I would say that men are missing out on the opportunity to do so. Any woman who looks at it like it is a horrid burden - well, I have to question her womanhood. (Note: I am NOT talking about women who have really bad experiences, i.e. preeclampsia.)


9 posted on 01/23/2012 1:56:51 PM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Morgana

Got to be satire. Even moonbat libs aren’t this mentally damaged.


10 posted on 01/23/2012 2:05:12 PM PST by jaydee770
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To: Morgana

“The proletariat doesn’t understand my genius.”

I can just picture it.


11 posted on 01/23/2012 2:17:01 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Morgana

“Either we view women as baby carriers who must subjugate their other interests to the well-being of their children”

I’m sorry but every decent father has to do the same thing.


12 posted on 01/23/2012 2:27:44 PM PST by weeweed (Proud Costco University graduate)
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To: ArrogantBustard

She? It? is a ‘lecturer’(???) at the University of East Anglia... a place with other questionable pursuits. What a waste of money and oxygen! Close the joint!!! Tell her/it to get a REAL job!


13 posted on 01/23/2012 2:34:25 PM PST by FiddlePig (truth is hard... lies are easy - http://redneckoblogger.blogspot.com)
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To: FiddlePig
University of East Anglia... a place with other questionable pursuits

Yes, I caught that as well. At least the global warming fraudsters had actual data to misuse. This critter just seems to make things up as he/she/it goes along.

14 posted on 01/23/2012 2:42:55 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Morgana


15 posted on 01/23/2012 4:11:27 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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Down the road apiece on the Rebellion Against Nature and Nature's Author highway to hell on earth.

16 posted on 01/23/2012 5:00:57 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: Morgana

Anna Smajdor read Genesis 2:18-25. GOD created Eve to be what the females are caringand loving. You Anna Smajdor are a moron.


17 posted on 01/23/2012 5:11:13 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: ArrogantBustard

She’s creepy & looks evil. The “I vant to suck your blood” kind. Wacko.


18 posted on 01/23/2012 5:29:45 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: Morgana

19 posted on 01/23/2012 5:39:23 PM PST by Bikkuri
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To: Morgana

There are so many things wrong with this article I don’t even know where to begin. They really, really must HATE being women. The whole process from conception to birth and beyond is just miraculous. Even having been through it so many times myself, it never loses just how amazing it all is.


20 posted on 01/23/2012 6:04:19 PM PST by Trillian
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To: Morgana

Dr. Anna Smajdor: Typical Ethics Girl


21 posted on 01/23/2012 6:21:41 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Whatever happened to that Amy Summerland sailing chick?)
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To: Morgana

How quickly does it move from “artificial wombs free you” to “it’s best for the baby” to “it is illegal to reproduce except artificially”?
At which point, parenthood without a license is enforceable. And killing or altering those in artificial wombs without the parents’ knowledge or consent is quite easily managed.
OK, I write sci-fi, so it’s easy to draw from fiction to come up with these ideas. but as a woman, the push for artificial wombs equals a loss of reproductive freedom.


22 posted on 01/23/2012 7:55:03 PM PST by tbw2
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To: Morgana

The author is bound to succeed, just as soon as she convinces women to love politics more than babies. Best of luck with that.


23 posted on 01/23/2012 7:58:30 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: little jeremiah

She’s crazy.


24 posted on 01/24/2012 7:38:38 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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