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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Dec 19, 2006

Christ, from heav'n descending low,
Comes on earth a stranger;
Ox and ass their owner know,
Becradled in the manger,
Becradled in the manger.

This did Herod sore affray,
And grievously bewilder,
So he gave the word to slay,
And slew the little childer,
And slew the little childer.

--15th century Latin hymn, trans. G.R. Woodward

When people in white lab coats insist that Christian morality must be trangressed for the sake of scientific progress, they can have only the noblest motives, right? British journalist Matthew Hill reports on the altruism business in the Ukraine. You'll want to send this article to your "personally-opposed, but" friends. They'll thank you for the invitation to dialogue.

It was a grim scene. As I waited for hours at Maternity Hospital Number Six, heavily pregnant women in maternity smocks wandered past me in its dark corridors, along with the occasional elderly midwife.

Paint was peeling off the walls and there was a strong smell of antiseptic. Eventually, I was granted five minutes with the chief doctor, Larysa Nazarenko.

She was visibly uncomfortable as I set up my camera -- her eyelids blinking rapidly as she stood behind her desk. "The children are not lost," she told me. "They are not stolen - that's just somebody else's illusion."

Who, she asked, had put these ideas in this young mother's head?

"It's about money," I said, "about stem cells. About Westerners paying a lot of money for stem cells from babies. And claims that cells from their brains are taken for treatment by various organisations."

"There is no such therapy," she said. "No work in this hospital is connected with the use of cells. This is the wrong address. I deny everything." Then I was ordered to leave.

Don't skip the opening paragraphs in Hill's piece. Herodian.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 20, 2006 11:23 AM ET USA


  • Posted by: Gino - Dec. 19, 2006 8:36 PM ET USA

    Do you think the NY Times will ever run this piece on the front page. "Pro Choicers" will just shrug their shoulders and say nothing. God bless these poor children; millions and millions killed and this nation just sits and watches. Gruesome!!!

  • Posted by: Sterling - Dec. 19, 2006 6:37 PM ET USA

    I am always leery when the Daily Mail is the source - it's been lurid and headline-seeking and wrong in the past. Not above shocking people for the fun of shocking them, as I remember. Wouldn't it be great if that were the case now?

  • Posted by: BostonBlackey - Dec. 19, 2006 5:31 PM ET USA

    You have to read the link to see that King Herod is still alive among us

  • Posted by: Eagle - Dec. 19, 2006 5:08 PM ET USA

    Thank you, Diogenes, for bringing this information to our attention.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 19, 2006 1:18 PM ET USA

    nice to see satan has such a sense of humor. felix dies nativitatis.

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