Through Critical Analysis Of Pope Paul Vi’S Encyclical

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Through critical analysis of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical regarding artificial birth control, it is possible to infer his views on Natural Law and God’s Plan and then translate this to modern issues regarding embryonic research. Because of his strong adherence to Catholic values, his approach to artificial birth control as related to embryonic stem cell research would refuse to fully contemplate utilitarian and deontological approaches to embryonic stem cell research. Thus, his views are incompatible with a modernizing and secularizing society. 1970 marked the beginning of modern scientific research of embryonic stem cells. It was during this year that physiologist Robert G. Edwards at the University of Cambridge first fertilized human…show more content…
In view of this fact, many believe that ontological individuality starts at this point, hence the embryo can be used for research prior to this stage; up to 14 days of development” (Stem Cells – Ethical and Religious Issues). At first, this 14 day rule posed few problems as researchers could not cultivate embryos longer than six days, which marked the implantation of cells undergoing IVF. After day six, embryos would die leaving scientists with no data recording embryonic growth during days seven through fourteen. Scientists deduced that the embryos would die before the fourteen days due to a lack of a nurturing environment, which they then proceeded to manufacture and utilize throughout embryonic stem cell research during the first fourteen days. These advancements in stem cell research prompted scientists to host the idea of extending the point at which stem cell research is permissible as scientists discovered evidence that point towards this possibility. These advancements also paved the way for discoveries such as SHEEFS, or “synthetic human entities with embryolike features,” which are artificial embryos that are not fertilized through traditional biological fertilization. Although currently only a small conglomeration of cells, SHEEFS are seen as the first steps towards what “may develop into far more complex

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