Embryonic Stem-Cell Research: Okay after All?

Today’s New York Times reports that “Biologists have developed a technique for establishing colonies of human embryonic stem cells from an early human embryo without destroying it. This method, if confirmed in other laboratories, would seem to remove the principal objection to the research” (source).If this article is any indication, I think the proponents of this research have yet to grasp the moral implications of experimenting on embryonic humans. While we can be thankful that this new technigue doesn’t kill the embryo, there still remains the obvious ethical problem of using human beings for spare parts. Moreover, this new technique doesn’t even address the widespread practice of in vitro fertilization therapies that produce human embryos that no one intends to implant in the mother’s womb.

Embryonic stem-cell research is but the tip of the iceberg of unethical and inhumane fertility therapies that result in the indefinite storage and eventual destruction of embryonic humans. Until we address that issue (and others), believe me, there will still be many objections to tax-payer funded embryonic stem-cell research.

One Response to Embryonic Stem-Cell Research: Okay after All?

  1. Michael January 10, 2008 at 5:40 pm #

    I am doing a project as we speak on Stem Cell Research. Your information helped me a ton!
    Thanks Denny!

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