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Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Title: The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research.
Name(s): von Lersner, Ariana, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Embryonic stem cell research involves the destruction of an embryo after stem cells are extracted. The ethical considerations of destroying an embryo results in a controversy where proponents of the research are pitted against pro life supporters who abhor the destruction of the embryo as immoral. This paper addresses the objections to embryonic stem cell research, similar to those against abortion, which are rooted in the belief that it is morally impermissible to intentionally take the life of an innocent human being. The counterargument is presented such that the use of embryonic stem cells in research does not represent the death of a human being; instead it provides valuable life saving medical breakthroughs, and thus is a morally permissible use of discarded embryos. This paper contributes to the defense of stem cell research by highlighting scientific reasons why it is ethically permissible. It makes a clear distinction between the definition of a human being and that of an embryo used in stem cell research.
Identifier: FSU_migr_phi2630-0002 (IID)
Keywords: ethics, abortion, stem cell research, embryonic
Note: © 2013, Ariana von Lersner
Subject(s): Political ethics
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Ethical Issues and Life Choices (PHI2630).

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Von Lersner, A. (2013). The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Retrieved from