Stem Cells: Good, Bad and Ugly

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THE BACKGROUND The use of embryonic stem cells to treat human diseases; is it unethical, questionable, helpful, in violation of law and policy or just the right answer for many, many diseases? All of these are great questions and are all questions that everyone and everybody has an opinion on at one time or another. To first really understand the controversy surrounding stem cell research you must know a little about its base; embryonic stem cells, “they are cells harvested or collected from the very early stages of a fertilized egg, which contains about eight cells per egg (1).” Are we killing innocent children or are we allowing others the possible chance to live. Many think that harvesting
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Nevertheless some websites like have made statements “that a human embryo only becomes a human being after fourteen days or implantation in the womb (3).” The Ramsey Colloquium, a group of theologians, philosophers and scholars had this to say about embryo research, “The [embryo] is human; it will not articulate itself into some other kind of animal. Any being that is human is a human being. If it is objected that, at five days or fifteen days, the embryo does not look like a human being, it must be pointed out that this is precisely what a human being looks like – and what each of use looked like – at five or fifteen days of development (3).”
It is unethical to kill a baby who doesn’t even have a chance or doesn’t even have a voice to tell you that they want to live, says many sources. If you murder a person on the street in cold blood and are caught you are going to go to jail, so what is the difference if you kill and innocent embryo that doesn’t even have a chance.(3) The Catholic Spirit stated in its publication that the Church opposes embryonic stem cell research because the embryo is a human individual with a human life that is being killed. Catholic Spirit then went on to say in a Vatican - released statement, “that it strongly
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