Embryonic Stem Cell Research - in Vitro Fertilization

1051 Words Oct 4th, 2005 5 Pages
In vitro fertilization and human embryonic stem cell research are two of the most popular and controversial topics that are being discussed today. Lee Silver, from the film defines in vitro fertilization as:
[T]ak[ing] the process of reproduction out of the darkness of the womb, into the light of the laboratory. And all of the sudden you can do anything you want with these human embryos and eggs, which couldn 't be done before (Holt).
The real question regarding all of the varying opinions and controversy, is what is a human embryo, and what is human life? Other questions include the morality of embryonic stem cell research and is bearing children a right given to us by society? Further discussion of these question will entail why in
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What consequences will this have on everyone involved? Everyone in the world will be involved if this actually happens. Defining what U.S. Americans feel a better baby is an irrelevant question. However is designing better babies, that will eventually age to adults any different than Nazi Germany killing people with "undesirable" traits? I feel that designing babies with certain desirable aspects is similar to killing people if they lack these traits. In conclusion, human embryonic research and in vitro fertilization are both ethically and morally wrong. The use of human life to conduct research in order to gain medical knowledge is an inhumane practice. Also, no one has a guaranteed right to bear children, it is strictly a privilege. We should not go to extraordinary means to produce children who are genetically similar to their parents. This is especially selfish considering how many children are desperately waiting to be adopted by a caring family. Correcting this problem is a near impossible task. Even if embryonic stem cell research and in vitro fertilization were outlawed in the United
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