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Ethical Issues Surrounding Stem Cell Medicine.

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐Stem Cell Medicine ? Ethical Issues As you can imagine, not everyone agrees with extracting a human embryo, and essentially murdering (killing) it, purely for the use of medicine. Many people believe that although it cannot do things a normal human can do, it does in fact count a human. And as killing a human is illegal, human rights activists protest against the use of embryonic stem cells in medicine. This forces people to choose between two moral principles; The duty to prevent or alleviate suffering and the duty to respect the value of human life. As soon as a human is created via reproduction, and after fertilisation, it is technically alive and has full moral status. ...read more.


They disagree with this and say that it is not their responsibility to kill people and end lives like this, and even though it is for medicine, they cannot kill people for other people?s benefit. They say that because embryo development is a continuous process, it is impossible to pinpoint a particular point when It becomes human, and because it will one day become a person, it should be treated as one. However, people argue that early embryos do not have the psychological, physical or emotional traits that we associate with human beings. Therefore, it is not a human being yet and so does not require protection and can be used for the benefit of patients (who do count as people). ...read more.


Also, destroying the blastocyst does not count as harming it, as it has no beliefs, desires, expectations or aims, and so is also morally ?dead? already. In addition to all of this, these stem cells are potentially being used to save lives, and so overall, more people will be experiencing lives than if we just left that one embryo to survive Overall, stem cell medicine is some of the most versatile and effective treatment in the world, but also some of the most controversial and ethically problematic. It has the potential to save many, many lives, but also causes many potential lives to be lost in the process. In conclusion, stem cell medicine is definitely the way forward in treatment of illnesses, but whether it is worth essentially taking large numbers of lives for this to happen is still a large question. Sources: http://www.eurostemcell.org/factsheet/embyronic-stem-cell-research-ethical-dilemma http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/pages/ethics.aspx ...read more.

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