Monday, August 17, 2009
C.S. Lewis - Spooky, Prophetic
That's because Britain's government-run health care system, the National Health Service, or NHS, decides whether to provide in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures to couples based in part on their home address.DO you remeber the C.S. Lewis sci-fi trilogy, most especially the final book thereof - That Hideous Strength? The first paragraph of Wikipedia's plot summer of the book reads:
It's a situation known as the "postcode lottery" to ordinary Britons, who have long known that their ability to get knee replacement operations, cancer-curing drugs and other medical services and procedures may be granted -- or withheld -- from them simply because of where they live.
Now, thanks to a survey by a Member of Parliament, it's become clear that its not just quality-of-life and death that may be determined in the postcode lottery, but the opportunity to be born itself.
MP Grant Shapps found that the regional primary care trusts under which the NHS operates have widely divergent rules covering when couples are eligible to receive IVF services, despite the existence of uniform national recommendations set out by the British government's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, or NICE.
In 1940s England "vaguely after the war" in the small university town of Edgestowe, the National Institute of Coordinated Experiments (the "N.I.C.E."), a scientific agency secretly inspired and directed by fallen eldila, attempts to alter the true nature of mankind through an exploitation of its members' pride and greed. Its goal is the conquest of human nature, making true man a lost memory.That's just spooky folks.