A Right to Life

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A Right to Life? by Marco Mujica IDH 2121, Valencia Community College Professor Sparks 17 April, 2008
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Mujica A Right to Life? A debate over when life begins has been raging in our country for decades. At what point can an organism be considered alive? Some may say at conception. Others might argue when the first cerebral activity starts. The reason this issue has received so much attention as of late has been in part because of embryonic stem-cell research. Many believe that using these stem-cells is synonymous with murder since the fetuses are discarded as a byproduct of such research. Others argue that the potential of said research greatly outweighs risking something that not all people define as truly alive. The main question debated between polarized citizens is if destroying fetuses is permissible under the possibilities that stem-cell research has to offer. A Rationalist would say that stem-cell research should be performed because it has the most potential to save countless lives from misery and death. Another Rationalist would also argue that killing is wrong and that no amount of benefits could ever justify crossing that line. In the 2007 December issue of Issues and Controversies , both sides of the Rationalist argument are expressed. In the 1950’s, scientists discovered the first stem cells developed within adult bone marrow. Further research of their natural abilities lead to the first bone marrow transplantation (“Stem”). In 1998, Doctor James Thompson of the University of Wisconsin was the first person to successfully isolate a cultivated human stem cell (“Update”). Embryonic stem-cells are totipotent, or a kind of “blank state” cell that early in life, can become whatever kind of cell demanded by the organism’s genes. For humans, stem-cells still exist within adults, but are not found as easily and have only a partial potency. For this reason, on a purely scientific level, researchers prefer using 2
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