The Ethical Implications Of Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy

1399 WordsDec 11, 20156 Pages
The advancement of embryonic stem cell therapies and transplants has drastically changed the realm of medical research. However, the use of human embryos is an ethical concern among researchers around the world. There are several benefits for embryonic stem cells therapy. Embryonic stem cells are beneficial to researchers due to their unique ability to replicate themselves and make specialized cells for any tissue in the body. These cells serve as a potential to cure various diseases and disabilities that threaten the survival of humankind. Since the early 1960’s, there have been ethical deliberations behind the destruction of the embryo. The FDA has stepped in many times throughout the years due to the moral implications of the use of…show more content…
The moral status of the embryo and the exact age when an embryo is considered human is essential in establishing a common ground for research. Pro-life supporters oppose any form of research in embryos. Pro-life supporters base their arguments and opinions primarily on religious beliefs. Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director of Pro-Life Activities at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, expresses his opinions in “The Ethics of Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research: A Catholic Viewpoint.” Doerflinger argues that research should not be conducted, due its infringement upon many religions. The opposing perspective, Suzanna Holland, MIT researcher, in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate : Science, Ethics, and Public Policy argues that research on embryos is necessary for scientific advancement and progression, in order to find treatments for life-threatening ailments. Due to the strong opinions of pro-life supporters there is difficulty among legislation to determine the moral standpoint of embryos. Upon examining the perspectives of Doerflinger and Holland, It is clear pro-life supporters are impeding embryonic stem cell research due to their moral concerns, whereas the central concern is scientific. The argument of an embryo being considered human is one of key points in the ethical debates about embryonic research. The issue, which has profound implications for medical breakthroughs, has
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