Ethics & Morals Should Drive Science, Not The Other Way ‘Round

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)

The recent horrendous FDA ruling to allow anyone 18 or older to buy the morning-after pill “Plan B” is making me angry once again about how the Western mind has been blinded in the name of science. For those who don’t know, “Plan B” is a new pill that’s marketed as an “emergency women’s health” pill to stop a woman from ovulating within 72 hours after intercourse. Supposedly, it’s more “scientifically advanced” than the old RU-486 morning-after pill because RU-486 actually kills the fetus, while “Plan B” just prevents ovulation.

This morning on NBC’s Today’s Show, a scientist was asked to talk about this “Plan B” pill. The TV host said that they will just talk about this pill “in a scientific way without drawing moral statements.” But, right after saying that, the next thing that came out of the scientist’s mouth was a morals/ethics/values-related statement. She said, “The Plan B pill represents a major breakthrough contributing to women’s health.” I think scientists don’t understand that they’re making value statements. How is preventing ovulation, a God-given natural process of your body, something that can be called “women’s health”? Also, the pill was rushed to market, and all its side effects are not even well tested nor well known. How could she have made that reckless statement?

Besides, can anything like this be talked about without regard to ethics and morals? A news article is saying that scientists think the age restriction should be removed, i.e. they want teenagers to be able to get the pill without prescription, because “the age restriction is unscientific.” Actually, even with the age restriction, this is bad enough–adults wanting to apply sexual abuse to teenagers can buy the pill and force the teenager to take it so as to cover up the abuse. To me, “Plan B” is not a women’s health pill; it’s a child sexual abuse pill.

Morals & Ethics should drive science, not the other way around. If you find a scientific way to kill someone without pain, does it make it ethical? No, that research should never have started in the first place because morals and ethics would not allow doing such a research. The recent so-called stem-cell research “breakthrough” was also ridiculous, because it was a little more than just an assumption that they would not hurt the embryo by taking a cell out of it.

Wikipedia defines science as “a system of acquiring knowledge based on empiricism, experimentation, and methodological naturalism, as well as to the organized body of knowledge humans have gained by such research.” It seems though that much of that “knowledge” has not made us any wiser, because the “beginning” of the knowledge was not correct. Let God drive your pursuit of knowledge and wisom.

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One thought on “Ethics & Morals Should Drive Science, Not The Other Way ‘Round

  1. Good post! I was quite upset by the FDA ruling and I also saw many potential problems with it. As a pharmacist, I have yet to decide what to do if I were asked to dispense this medication later on.

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