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Law 1:   A person is a living physical/spiritual being created in the image of God, male and female, from their earliest moment of biological beginning until natural death.

Law 2:   A person's right to life is inalienable regardless of age, race, sex, genetic pre-disposition, condition of dependency or biological development.

Law 3:   A person's form, including their genome, embryo, or body can not be subjected to non-therapeutic inheritable alteration or enhancement without informed consent.

The Three Laws of Personhood

Law 1:   A person is a living physical/spiritual being; a human being created in the image of God, male and female, from their earliest moment of biological beginning until natural death.

 

Law 2:   A person's right to life is inalienable regardless of age, race, sex, genetic pre-disposition, condition of dependency or biological development.

 

Law 3:   A person's form, including their genome, embryo, or body can not be subjected to non-therapeutic inheritable alteration or enhancement without informed consent.


Law 1

Law 1:   A person is a living physical/spiritual being created in the image of God, male and female, from their earliest biological beginning until natural death.

In a Judeo-Christian worldview the human being as such is afforded a special status and dignity on account of being created in the image of God:

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them
(Gn 1:27)

To be created imago Dei means being endowed with an immortal spirit, a capacity to know and be known by God, a measure of autonomy and free will in the areas of thought and action and moral responsibility that is unique from the animal kingdom. Each attribute separates us from the rest of creation. Because we bear the image of God, all mankind, and, by extension, each and every human life has a “specialness” and worth that demands respect.

From this foundational worldview flows the concept of human dignity and that the human dignity of every person is inviolable. Each human life, from its earliest stage of development, is a unique Person which bears God’s likeness, and should have the same protection of law that is afforded other “persons” in our society. For this reason, all human life should be respected in law. This respect is due regardless of the manner of conception, whether through the marital act (sexual), fertilized “in vitro” (IVF), or through the “ex utero” process of cloning or Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (asexual).This protection and respect should attach at fertilization and extend to natural death.

Law 3

Law 3:   A person's form, including their genome, embryo, or body can not be subjected to non-therapeutic inheritable alteration or enhancement without informed consent.

During World War II Nazi Germany engaged in human experimentation that resulted in the death and suffering of many innocent human lives. In 1949 the Nuremberg Code was established to provide ethical guidelines for "human therapeutic research."  It was adopted by many governments, including being written into the laws of the state of California. It's first and foremost tenet is that,

"The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision."

Wikipedia points out that "The Nuremberg code includes such principles as informed consent and absence of coercion; properly formulated scientific experimentation; and beneficence towards experiment participants." It goes on to require that "No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects."

Today the bio-tech industry and its research franchises in the Universities are routinely violating these important bastions defending human life and dignity. The Australian Stem Cell Research Center acknowledges this fact in their fact-sheet on embryonic stem cell research, "The overwhelming issue for most people opposed to embryonic stem cell research is that obtaining inner mass cells inevitably leads to the destruction of the blastocyst (early stage embryo). For those that view a fertilized egg as a human life this is most distressing." For human experimentation to lead to the "inevitable" destruction of the early human child is a violation of the 1949 Nuremberg Code and well along the slippery slope that will lead to other egregious violations of human dignity.

Princeton Professor Peter Singer has long advocated that a certain class of infant be used as an organ farm and harvested to benefit others. This is now being defended within medical schools as acceptable and moral. Lest we be accused of extreme rhetoric, Nancy S. Jecker, Department of Medical History and Ethics, University of Washington School of Medicine promotes it this way, "This paper investigates the scope and limits of parents' and physicians' obligations to anencephalic newborns. Special attention is paid to the permissibility of harvesting anencephalic organs for transplant. My starting point is to identify the general justification for treating patients in order to benefit third parties." "Treating patients" in this context always leads to the childs immediate death as the beating heart is removed from her chest. "Heart failure" is then listed on the death certificate as the cause of death. Child sacrifice would be nearer the mark.

Law 2

Law 2:   A person's right to life is inalienable regardless of age, race, sex, genetic pre-disposition, condition of dependency or biological development.

Genesis 2:7 (ESV)  ". . . then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

The right to life is inalienable because it originates with God. Webster defines inalienable to mean "incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred." Our founding fathers acknowledged this inviolable truth when they penned our Declaration of Independence., they wrote, " We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Since Life originates from God and not the State, the State is limited in its authority to authorize the taking of life. Romans 13 clearly states that the State is "an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer." The State "bears the sword" for the sole purpose of protecting its citizens from those who would do them harm and for the punishment of "wrongdoers." The State has exceeded its biblical boundaries when it allows the innocent to die.

Our culture today challenges the Personhood of several classes of human life. Historically, our nation has denied full personhood rights to African-Americans. Today those rights are being denied to an increasingly broad category that includes the pre-born person, elderly infirm and those with genetic anomalies. Tomorrow may see the rise of State sponsored Genoism which defines what human traits are acceptably defined as "person."

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