Star Trek’s Tele-Babies and the Fun of Pissing Off Religious Conservatives

In the Star Trek universe people are transported to and from locations by means of teleportation. What essentially occurs is that their entire body is dematerialized – destroyed, per se – and then re-materialized in a separate location, with everything intact, including their brain matter. For many, including myself, this is seen as nothing more than a much more elaborate means of ‘Copy’ and ‘Paste’. They’re the same people post-teleportation as they were pre-teleportation, but then they’re also not – at least in the sense of pre-teleportation incarnate’s sense of self was merely copied, destroyed, and then provided for another exact copy to, essentially, be that person.

Knowing this, if you’re to watch Star Trek Voyager, season 2, episode 21 (easily attained on Netflix), the birth of a mixed human-Ktarian baby is witnessed when Ensign Samantha Wildman was in labor. Complications had arisen, however, before the delivery, resulting in the Chief Medical Doctor having to undergo a radical means of delivering a baby known as ‘fetal transport’. What this entails is that the baby’s coordinates are locked on by transport, dematerialized from the mother’s womb, and then re-materialized in a incubator.

A fascinating scene, no doubt! However it’s also much more unique than the mere teleportation birthing technique used. The fact of the matter is that, not only was the first birth of a human-Ktarian baby in the Delta Quadrant witnessed, but also subsequently the first abortion of a human-Ktarian baby in the Delta Quadrant mere seconds before the first birth – of the same baby!

A mixed species baby, both aborted AND born at nearly the same time, by a non-traditional means of fetal delivery, in a universe largely comprised of people who no longer necessitate the belief in any deity of any sort. Religious conservatives, eat your heart out! ^_^

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