For Thousands Of Years, People Have Questioned If Actions

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For thousands of years, people have questioned if actions we’ve become accustomed to are right or wrong. This moral compass has no clear explanations of the criteria to be right or wrong, which leads to a large ethical debate. Technological advancements have allowed us to see the world in a new light, but this also leads to new blurry lines of morality. Whenever something can be researched, people begin to discuss if these actions have a moral standing. This discussion is extremely common in the case of embryonic rights. The underlying issue with the moral status of embryos is that there is no clear definition of when something is considered alive or when it requires respect. It cannot be easily solved because people’s definitions of…show more content…
A part of the procedure is fertilizing eggs and allowing these zygotes to grow until they are about 8 cells in size (Sacks). From there, several are implanted while remaining are either frozen for later implantation (for self or others), donated to research group, or destroyed (CT Fertility). Although there are debates around the morality of IVF as a whole procedure, a majority of the arguments are about what is the correct thing to do with the unused blastocysts. The destruction of the blastocysts has a lot of arguments that parallel pro-life abortion arguments, while allowing all of these options have similar to pro-choice ideology. To view this issue separate from one’s own personal beliefs, I will start by analyzing these issues through common moral perspectives. Kantian ethics is the overarching stance that is used to make bioethical judgements, as it is broad enough to be applicable in most cases. One of Kant’s most defining moral theories was the Formulation of Universal Law: “Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law” (Vaughn, 2013, pp. 57-58). This means that one should only act in a way that would be morally just for everyone to do the same time, no matter the outcome/specific scenarios involved. Following this moral theory, it becomes obvious that there is no moral

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