Embryonic Stem Cell Research Ethical

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Erika Rivera
Spring View Middle School
5040 Fifth Street
Rocklin, CA 95677

The Honorable Tom McClintock
428 Cannon House Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative McClintock:

Using Embryonic stem cells, there is a chance that over 80 diseases could be cured. These diseases include diabetes, spinal cord injury, and maybe even cancer. Despite all the possibilities that stem cells offer, some feel that the methods used to obtain embryonic stem cells are unethical; However, there are actually many reasons to continue stem cell research. Embryonic stem cell research should be funded because the blastocyst, or embryo, is willingly donated, and can’t feel pain. Although many people say that the
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IVF patients willingly donate blastocysts for research. Scientists never simply create a blastocyst with the intentions of using it in research. All embryos used in research come from IVF, or In Vitro Fertilization, clinics; furthermore, they are all excess. This means that if they aren’t used, they will be put in a freezer to eventually be disposed of in the future. To stop this, many IVF patients will donate spare embryos with the hope that their contribution will be able to help the world of science and the world of medicine to make advances. This means that all blastocysts that are used for the purpose of embryonic stem cell research are not taken by scientists; every blastocysts is voluntarily donated. Furthermore, the blastocyst has yet to differentiate; therefore, it can’t feel pain. This is important to remember when considering the debatable funding of embryonic stem cells, for this may decrease the controversy. Knowing the blastocyst isn’t a human, nor will it ever become a human, may cause people to think of using embryos differently. If a blastocyst is donated, scientist will access the pluripotent stem cells on the inside before the cells get a chance to fully differentiate into a human. If stem cells don’t go towards research, they will be frozen, then put in the incinerator, and…show more content…
Despite many adversaries’ claims that the ways to obtain stem cells are immoral, the benefits outweigh the problems, for stem cell treatment could improve thousands of lives, and if the embryos don’t go towards helping research, they will be incinerated. The blastocyst is not created for scientific research, it is donated by its “mother and father” willingly. Furthermore, the embryo still is yet to differentiate, resulting in the embryo being incapable of feeling pain. Although the research does take the embryo’s life, the embryo wouldn’t have become a human, and if used for science, it can help scientists discover how to help hundreds of people. Stem cells can change the lives of people who have diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, lung disease, and many more medical complications; therefore, embryonic stem cell research should be
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