Embryonic Research: A Battle of Fallacies Essay

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Many women are eager to become a mother, but infertility prevents some women from satisfying this need. To counter this widespread problem, we develop reproductive choices. One of the most important choices is in vitro fertilization. Even though this method significantly increases pregnancy rate in infertile women, it comes with the problem. Underlying in vitro fertilization is research on living human embryos. We need to research on countless living embryos in order to develop clinical in vitro fertilization. This stirs public attention on its morality. Society asks: Are we killing thousands of human life while we are developing method to give birth to other ones? This question is crucial because it is asking very foundation of our …show more content…
He emphasizes the important of embryos’ life and right to develop to be a mature human.
First logical fallacy found in Kass’s essay is inappropriate generalization with the lacking of evidence. Kass supports his statement that life begins at fertilization by asserting, “Any honest biologist must be impressed by these facts, and must be inclined, at least on first glance, to the view that a human life begins at fertilization” (101). In this sentence, he claims that any honest biologist must agree with him. There is no evidence, or at least, reason provided to support this claim.
Apart from inappropriate generalization, Kass also frames his readers’ perspective by using several accusatory words and erroneous analogy to portray embryonic research in devilish way. He describes embryonic research as “destruction of fetal life” (103), “destruction of blastocyst” (104), and “manipulative experiments involving such embryos” (104). Moreover, Kass analogizes the research method with cannibalism. He writes, “We would, I suppose, recoil even from the thought, let alone the practice…of eating such embryos…‘human caviar’ ” (102). He adds that “human blastocyst would be protected by our taboo against cannibalism” (102). Then Kass concludes that human embryo is not a mere meat and it should be protected from invasive research. In this human caviar analogy, however, Kass omits a crucial

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