Embryonic Research

1080 Words Jul 13th, 2018 5 Pages
Many women are eager to become a mother, but infertility prevents some women from satisfying this need. However, modern biotechnologies combined with changed norms of culture now provide them reproductive choices such as in vitro fertilization. In order to develop these reproductive choices, we need to research on living human embryo. Because its procedures terminate the life of embryo, embryonic research stirs up public attention on its morality. Society questions if these methods are morally right. Do they violate the meaning of personhood and life? Do we kill a human when we research the embryos? These questions are asking our foundation of morality. We must be cautious and avoid any logical fallacies when we answer them. Using …show more content…
In this essay, Gorovitz points out several logical fallacies in embryonic research opponent essays, including Kass’. For instance, one of his arguments is that opposing essays usually use slippery slope arguments, stating that starting of artificial insemination would lead us to social disaster (117). He argues that the slippery slope arguments are not valid in this discussion because they never provide any rational evidences why we cannot stop after we start down this path. Gorovitz claims that “Collectively we have significant capacity to exercise judgment and control” (118) so the practice of artificial insemination will not lead us to the disaster. There are few more ill logics in Kass’ and other opposing essays that Gorovitz has pointed out. Ironically, however, logical fallacies he uses to attack his opponents also appear in his essay too.
Another Gorovitz’s important argument is the argument against Kass’ statement, “The human embryo is not mere meat; it is not just stuff; it is not a ‘thing’” (Kass 102). Gorovitz argues that according to Kass’ statement, human cadavers which are also not mere meat, not just stuff, not the thing, should be protected from being used for research purpose too. But since it is acceptable to use human cadavers in research, in medical education, and in organs transplant, Gorovitz claims that these using of cadavers justify using of embryos as well. In this comparison,