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Introduction

Have you ever thought about what a perfect person would look like, and what is needed to achieve this image?


Hello and good morning, I am Katherine Diedericks. Today, I am going to be talking about genetically modifying embryos and how this relates to Catholic Social Teaching! Let us break it down!
Genetically modified embryos are changing embryos with different genes. Embryos being the stage after the egg and sperm have meet but hasn’t developed fully yet.

Introduction End But what about the Catholic Social Teachings to explain this simply it is the way the Catholic Church has set how we should live our lives.
First Body Paragraph Now to look deeper into the genetically modified embryos, you must understand how it works. To be able to change embryos genetics, a Crispr-Cas9 is used, which basically cuts out a type of gene and replaces it with another. However, this process can be used for different reasons, one is that of removing hereditary diseases, another is to create designer babies. Regardless, of how the new advancement is carried out there are many opportunities and threats that the advancement faces.
First Body Paragraph End An opportunity presented is the chance to help cure diseases by simply removing the disease related gene. Another opportunity is to create a child that has specific features or look which can be called as creating designer babies. A threat though is that of the harmful after effects that might occur as well creating a new life form. There are many different strengths and weakness when considering the economic, social and environmental side of the advancement.
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Second Body Paragraph Let us begin with economic weakness and strengths of genetically modified embryos. The weakness of having the treatment that costs thousands of dollars, this isn’t something most ordinary families can’t afford so, the economic gap between the rich and poor widens. The poor might include people like you and me, people who can provide for yourself but don’t have the money to spend it on unnecessary items.
Second Body Paragraph End However, there are positives when looking at the economic areas of this advancement.  As this advancement becomes more popular with people spending their own money on it technology funding can then be used for other scientific advancement. Therefore, the weakness of the economic side of the advancement outweighs the positives.
Third Body Paragraph Moreover, another point to look at is that of the social strengths and weakness of the advancement. A social weakness is that of human equality becoming non-existent. King, the founder of Human Genetics Alert states, “A society in which rich people’s children get biological advantages over other children … allows the basic notions of human equality to go out the window!” This statement indicates that when the advancement is used in any way it will affect those who don’t have the opportunity to access the treatment/advancement and it gets rid of their equality as one sector of the population has an upper hand.
Third Body Paragraph End There are some positives though, one being when people who have had hereditary diseases removed, it means instead of being segregated from the community they can instead be part of the community. Therefore, when arguing the social strengths and weakness it’s equal, meaning the decision to continue the advancement would be based on personal reasons.
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Fourth Body Paragraph Lastly, let us look at environmental strengths and weaknesses. An environmental weakness is the science behind this technology is still very new, so the genetic engineering can present an ecological issue. A release of an engineered species or human can cause an imbalance in the ecology of a place.
Having an accident with the engineering could also cause the creation of a new bacteria or virus which could lead to a serious epidemic when release.
Fourth Body Paragraph End This topic doesn’t provide any real strengths as you can’t ensure that a human that has been changed and won’t somehow affect the environment, therefore the weakness support removing the advancement.
Fifth Body Paragraph Now that we have discussed genetically modified embryos, we still need to relate it to Catholic Social Teachings. When looking at the teachings I will consider 3 of them only namely Dignity of the Human Person, Preferential Option for the Poor and Stewardship of Creation.
Sixth Body Paragraph Let, us start with Stewardship of Creation which is taking care of everything God created for us. The advancement most certainly doesn’t promote the teaching as an embryo is the earliest stage of life form, and God created us, so whenever there is a failed experiment we are then essentially killing a human being.
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Sixth Body Paragraph End The Pope himself said “When a human being is at its weakest and most defenceless state of their existence and are … used as pure ‘biological material,’ how can one deny that they are being treated not as ‘someone’ but as ‘something.”' This suggests that when an embryo fails and is destroyed we aren’t taking care of human life which is God’s top creation.
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The next teaching is preferential option for the poor, this basically means everyone is responsible to help the poor. Now when looking at the advancement which costs thousands how is this helping the poor if they can’t afford it? As a society instead of spending money on things that aren’t helpful shouldn’t we be looking at those who really need help, those struggling and who are going through hard times? The whole idea of this Catholic Social Teaching is to help support the poor so, this advancement doesn’t promote the teaching but rather compromises it.

Eighth Body Paragraph Lastly, there is dignity of the human person, which essential means to treat everyone with the fairness and respect they deserve as everyone is created in God’s image. When comparing the advancement with this teaching it really doesn’t promote treating everyone with fairness – it not available to everyone equally so is compromising the teaching.
Eighth Body Paragraph End As the idea of creating designer babies could mean the elimination of specific features as it is considered that it isn’t beautiful enough to fit the perfect person. Does this mean that we are treating everyone with respect – don’t think so. As we are basically saying that if you have blonde hair and blue eyes you’re are beautiful. But if you have lots of freckles you aren’t beautiful. So even if this genetic modification cures disease, what is to say that people with diseases aren’t in God’s image, hence the advancement doesn’t support the teaching.
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Conclusion To summarise, the information overload, I have essentially broken down what genetically modified embryos means and how it relates to the Catholic Social Teaching. At first looked at how the advancement had many strengths and weakness across economic, environmental and social areas. Not to mention that there are many opportunities and threats associated with modifying embryos with genes
Conclusion End Finally, we looked at Catholic Social Teachings and how three of these relate to the new technological advancement, comparing it to the dignity of the human person, preferential option for the poor and stewardship of creation. All of these facts help us conclude that the advancement of genetically modifying embryos goes against the Catholic Social Teachings.
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 Introduction

Have you ever thought about what a perfect person would look like, and what is needed to achieve this image?


Hello and good morning, I am Katherine Diedericks. Today, I am going to be talking about genetically modifying embryos and how this relates to Catholic Social Teaching! Let us break it down!
Genetically modified embryos are changing embryos with different genes. Embryos being the stage after the egg and sperm have meet but hasn’t developed fully yet.

 Introduction EndBut what about the Catholic Social Teachings to explain this simply it is the way the Catholic Church has set how we should live our lives.
 First Body ParagraphNow to look deeper into the genetically modified embryos, you must understand how it works. To be able to change embryos genetics, a Crispr-Cas9 is used, which basically cuts out a type of gene and replaces it with another. However, this process can be used for different reasons, one is that of removing hereditary diseases, another is to create designer babies. Regardless, of how the new advancement is carried out there are many opportunities and threats that the advancement faces.
 First Body Paragraph EndAn opportunity presented is the chance to help cure diseases by simply removing the disease related gene. Another opportunity is to create a child that has specific features or look which can be called as creating designer babies. A threat though is that of the harmful after effects that might occur as well creating a new life form. There are many different strengths and weakness when considering the economic, social and environmental side of the advancement.
 Second Body ParagraphLet us begin with economic weakness and strengths of genetically modified embryos. The weakness of having the treatment that costs thousands of dollars, this isn’t something most ordinary families can’t afford so, the economic gap between the rich and poor widens. The poor might include people like you and me, people who can provide for yourself but don’t have the money to spend it on unnecessary items.
 Second Body Paragraph EndHowever, there are positives when looking at the economic areas of this advancement.  As this advancement becomes more popular with people spending their own money on it technology funding can then be used for other scientific advancement. Therefore, the weakness of the economic side of the advancement outweighs the positives.
 Third Body ParagraphMoreover, another point to look at is that of the social strengths and weakness of the advancement. A social weakness is that of human equality becoming non-existent. King, the founder of Human Genetics Alert states, “A society in which rich people’s children get biological advantages over other children … allows the basic notions of human equality to go out the window!” This statement indicates that when the advancement is used in any way it will affect those who don’t have the opportunity to access the treatment/advancement and it gets rid of their equality as one sector of the population has an upper hand.
 Third Body Paragraph EndThere are some positives though, one being when people who have had hereditary diseases removed, it means instead of being segregated from the community they can instead be part of the community. Therefore, when arguing the social strengths and weakness it’s equal, meaning the decision to continue the advancement would be based on personal reasons.
 Fourth Body ParagraphLastly, let us look at environmental strengths and weaknesses. An environmental weakness is the science behind this technology is still very new, so the genetic engineering can present an ecological issue. A release of an engineered species or human can cause an imbalance in the ecology of a place.
Having an accident with the engineering could also cause the creation of a new bacteria or virus which could lead to a serious epidemic when release.
 Fourth Body Paragraph EndThis topic doesn’t provide any real strengths as you can’t ensure that a human that has been changed and won’t somehow affect the environment, therefore the weakness support removing the advancement.
 Fifth Body ParagraphNow that we have discussed genetically modified embryos, we still need to relate it to Catholic Social Teachings. When looking at the teachings I will consider 3 of them only namely Dignity of the Human Person, Preferential Option for the Poor and Stewardship of Creation.
 Sixth Body ParagraphLet, us start with Stewardship of Creation which is taking care of everything God created for us. The advancement most certainly doesn’t promote the teaching as an embryo is the earliest stage of life form, and God created us, so whenever there is a failed experiment we are then essentially killing a human being.
 Sixth Body Paragraph EndThe Pope himself said “When a human being is at its weakest and most defenceless state of their existence and are … used as pure ‘biological material,’ how can one deny that they are being treated not as ‘someone’ but as ‘something.”' This suggests that when an embryo fails and is destroyed we aren’t taking care of human life which is God’s top creation.
 Seventh Body Paragraph

The next teaching is preferential option for the poor, this basically means everyone is responsible to help the poor. Now when looking at the advancement which costs thousands how is this helping the poor if they can’t afford it? As a society instead of spending money on things that aren’t helpful shouldn’t we be looking at those who really need help, those struggling and who are going through hard times? The whole idea of this Catholic Social Teaching is to help support the poor so, this advancement doesn’t promote the teaching but rather compromises it.

 Eighth Body ParagraphLastly, there is dignity of the human person, which essential means to treat everyone with the fairness and respect they deserve as everyone is created in God’s image. When comparing the advancement with this teaching it really doesn’t promote treating everyone with fairness – it not available to everyone equally so is compromising the teaching.
 Eighth Body Paragraph EndAs the idea of creating designer babies could mean the elimination of specific features as it is considered that it isn’t beautiful enough to fit the perfect person. Does this mean that we are treating everyone with respect – don’t think so. As we are basically saying that if you have blonde hair and blue eyes you’re are beautiful. But if you have lots of freckles you aren’t beautiful. So even if this genetic modification cures disease, what is to say that people with diseases aren’t in God’s image, hence the advancement doesn’t support the teaching.
 ConclusionTo summarise, the information overload, I have essentially broken down what genetically modified embryos means and how it relates to the Catholic Social Teaching. At first looked at how the advancement had many strengths and weakness across economic, environmental and social areas. Not to mention that there are many opportunities and threats associated with modifying embryos with genes
 Conclusion EndFinally, we looked at Catholic Social Teachings and how three of these relate to the new technological advancement, comparing it to the dignity of the human person, preferential option for the poor and stewardship of creation. All of these facts help us conclude that the advancement of genetically modifying embryos goes against the Catholic Social Teachings.
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