50Sp10Lecture15 hESCEthicalDebate

50Sp10Lecture15 hESCEthicalDebate - Lecture 15 hESC Ethical...

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1 Lecture 15 hESC Ethical Debate – Lines of Argument
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2 Other gradualist positions 1. Pain perception , nervous system development 2. Implantation 3. Personhood Human being Member of Homo sapiens A being who possesses the qualities of personhood » e.g. awareness of self, having an interest in its own continuing existence (Tooley) Persons, not humans, are special Human embryos characteristics of personhood persons moral status What do you think of THIS argument? e.g. Noble 2005
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3 Specific to Surplus IVF Blastocysts: Problem: a large number of surplus IVF embryos They exist – what do we do with them? Some embryos: donated to infertile couples (parental discretion) Some embryos: slated to be discarded (parental discretion – can a clinic/government make that decision?) Some embryos: donated for medical research (parental discretion) Some embryos: parents/patients not longer known – abandoned What is the morally right thing to do?
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