Why not play God if we can

Aditya Ghosh | Hindustan Times | 3 April 2009

Once upon a time, Zeus caused lightning, Vitumnus gave life to children in the womb and Nekhbet was responsible for life and death. Now, silver iodide causes artificial rain, water can be obtained from Mars and childbirth is no longer left to the mercy of Gods.

Doctors argue: Can we choose God over a pacemaker? Or leave a sore appendicitis to heal itself? Or refuse the insulin shots in diabetes and wait for divine intervention?

If these are not infringing God’s rights, why cannot Niketa Mehta aborting her 25-week-old foetus be considered a prerogative of medical science?

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