Re: Cryopreserving the unborn

From: Technotranscendence (
Date: Mon Jan 17 2000 - 09:12:15 MST

On Monday, January 17, 2000 5:40 AM Zeb Haradon
> Another factor to consider - what would the typical person's reaction be
> upon seeing a news report about pro-life groups financing cryonics for
> fetuses? Probably laughter, and after that, a mental association of
> with the pro-life movement.

There are at least three problems with this. One, most people know very
little about cryonics anyway. So, said news report would probably go
unnoticed. Two, cryonics is already thought of as weird, whacky, kooky,
etc. The image problem is already here and it's sticking. It might change,
but I think that will happen as the technology gets better -- not by passing
up chances to get more people on board. (Certainly, a lot of cryonicists
have courted religious types before -- trying to get them on board. Why
don't they stop? After all, cryonics will look laughable, according to Zeb,
if it becomes associated with them, right?:)

Third, there are a lot of pro-Lifers out there. Surely, only a few a
willing to protest abortions and, thankfully, even fewer are willing to bomb
clinics, but this is true of any movement. If my memory's correct, the %age
of Americans* who are pro-Life is about 30 or 40%. That's not a fringe
group. After all, most of the GOP Presidential candidates in the US run on
a platform that is antiabortion.

Have to really run now!

* I'm using them as examples because a) these are the ones I'm familiar with
and b) America has the biggest chunk of the cryonics pie.

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