Monday, March 07, 2005


In my Ethics class on Wed, I was assigned to give a debate type speech on why stem cell research should not take place. I'm looking for a little inspiration, so I'm interested:

Do you think stem cell research should happen, and why?

I don't want some flame war, so don't start a fight. I just want to know your opinion...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we be trusted to understand what is ethical in the life of stem cell research? Who is capable of making such a judgment? Do you want the responsibility to make these judgments? And can there be any trust between societies to uphold said ethical standards? Will we support stem cell research? It seems we have no choice; it seems to continue whether we support and ethicize it or not. Will we, as a society, prevent ourselves from preventing heinous practices? In previous challenges such as this, I wonder if we have ever come close to excellence.

Good luck, Kev!
LYM, Mom

8:51 PM  
Blogger Joshua Conner said...

I like this TCS column about stem-cell research and embryo wasting a lot.

It seems like people who oppose stem cell research get themselves into quite an ethical bind on this one; though it's bad to extract the stem cells from those embryos, the alternative (simply destroying the embryos) is really worse, since the embryo still gets destroyed but no good comes from it.

Maybe I'm missing something here, but the way I see it is that if you want to be consistent AND oppose stem cell research, you need to also be against fertility clinics. I'm still waiting to find stem-cell research opponents who are willing to take THAT particular stance.

12:42 AM  
Blogger Owen said...

I think that stem cell research doesn't have a huge potential to go into "heinous practices." Something like cloning could concievably, but that's somewhat different from the issue at hand. Stem cell research shows great potential, and has already achieved limited gains -- particularly in certain autoimmune diseases. Josh is entirely correct when he says that destroying embryo outright is worse than using one for research purposes. Said embryo has no chance at life -- it's like using a cadaver to train medical students.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Dad said...

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8:11 PM  

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