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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Is it Ethical to Pursue Embryonic Stem Cell Research? Is it Ethical Not To?

Not conducting stem cell research is unethical and a detriment to society.

Americans are asking is it ethical to pursue embryonic stem cell research?

The question is: Is it ethical not to?

Many pro-lifers argue that using embryonic stem cells derived from in vitro fertilization and discarded umbilical cords is murder, or the prevention of potential life. But what about existing lives that are in dire need of this research and these cells? There are living, breathing human beings, people’s parents, children and siblings, who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s or paralysis. Is it ethical to deny them treatment or even a cure to their disease on the basis that an umbilical cord once held the potential to life? Is it ethical to throw away scientific miracles in the name of religion? Opponents to stem cell research assume that God opposes scientists working with donated embryonic stem cells. What if it was God’s plan all along for humans to discover and pursue a cure to these diseases?

Before answering these questions, it is important to understand how stem cell research works and what it can achieve. The first misconception is that embryonic stem cells come from aborted fetuses. That is not the case. Although opponents of stem cell research and pro-life groups would like you to draw the parallels between them, embryonic stem cells are actually derived from embryos that develop from fertilized eggs in an in vitro fertilization clinic and then donated for research purposes with informed consent of the donors. “The embryos derived are typically four or five days old and are a hollow microscopic ball of cells called the blastocyst,” According to the National Institute of Health (NIH).

What is moral or ethical to one person is blatantly wrong to another.

Read more of this article about morality and stem cell research by Emily Powers, Staff Writer of the Rebel Yell.

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