50Sp10Lecture14 hESCEthicalDebate

50Sp10Lecture14 hESCEthicalDebate - Lecture 14 hESC Ethical...

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1 Lecture 14 hESC Ethical Debate – Lines of Argument
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2 Key Issue: Moral Status of the Embryo Is an embryo a whole human being, i.e. an embryonic human being deserving full moral respect and human rights?
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3 Restrictive vs Gradualist Positions Both positions: Early human life is a good which has value independent of the approval of other individuals and therefore ought to be respected Consequences for protection: (When) is weighing protection of embryo against other goods permitted? Restrictive point of view: – not allowed OR only relative to most highly valued goods Gradualist point of view: – Ethically justifiable – embryo high-ranking good – comparable only to other high ranking goods Honnefelder 2008 in Stem Cells, Human Embryos and Ethics
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4 Individuality Individuality argument: – A human embryo should be treated as an individual human life from the time when it is clear that ‘twinning’ is no more possible. – ~14 days post-fertilization
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50Sp10Lecture14 hESCEthicalDebate - Lecture 14 hESC Ethical...

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