Academic journal article Issues in Law & Medicine

Using Pluripotent Germ Cells in Regenerative Medicine: An Ethical Alternative

Academic journal article Issues in Law & Medicine

Using Pluripotent Germ Cells in Regenerative Medicine: An Ethical Alternative

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Norman M. Ford, Using Pluripotent Germ Cells in Regenerative Medicine: An Ethical Alternative, 2 NAT'L. CATH. BIOETHICS Q. 697 (2003).

Moral respect for human embryos should take precedence over utilitarian and pragmatic considerations of biotechnology companies, researchers, and clinicians. Human life should never be created to be destroyed. This is the response of those who hold that human life and its formative process are morally inviolable.

It is also unethical to use embryonic stem cells, to benefit from their use, or to be in collusion with their use since this "entails proximate material cooperation in the production and manipulation of human embryos on the part of those producing or supplying them." In other words, the use of embryonic stem cells involves tacit approval of and collusion in the destruction of human embryos. The link between the use of embryonic stem cells for therapies and the destruction of human embryos is clear and undeniable.

If therapies based on embryonic stem cells are eventually found to be successful in regenerative medicine, pressure will mount for doctors and hospitals opposed to the destruction of embryos to find an ethical alternative to enable them to participate in the benefits of these new therapies. …

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