Person suffer and die of a possibly curable disease

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person suffer and die of a possibly curable disease or to provide him with hope for future without pain or death? There are people who believe that individuals that conduct this type of research are playing God. The religious community maintains that at an ethical standpoint, using human embryos for stem cell research should not be done because they are unborn children (Siegel, Andrew, 2008). I disagree with such claims. I believe that the only way that research such as this will be unethical, is if scientists grew embryos for the sole purpose of stem cell study. However, in most cases, they use aborted embryos or they would seek to use the high number of embryos left over from
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Peer Review 12 fertility treatments that would normally be discarded with trash (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011). If some good can come from using these embryos why throw them away? It does not bring harm to anyone and it may be what saves another’s life. Others claim that there may also be side effects involved with stem cell research, but such are normal and prominent in nearly all major medical procedures. On the other hand, there are many positive aspects of such research. Foremost is the vast amount of illnesses and injuries that it may cure or prevent: ailments that were previously considered fatal and incurable. Another pro would be in the event that a woman miscarried or decided to abort her child, the unborn fetus may provide aide to an individual in need, giving the individual a chance for a better life. Fortunately, government officials after recognizing these facts are now supporting stem cell research. In August 2001, Bush announced that limited federal funding has been passed to sustain the continuity of stem cell research. Later, through an executive order, President Barack Obama, expanded the number of human embryonic stem cell lines that can be used. As of 2011, the federal government has decided to fund stem cell research, both embryonic and non-embryonic (Warren, Richie, 2011). So after careful research and evaluation, the main criticisms lie within the ethical boundaries and people’s beliefs and preconceptions. The only solution to this is to get people to realize that this research is vital to much needed medical breakthroughs. It is not playing God, and creating test tube babies for this research is not necessary. If all fertility clinics would donate their unused embryos to stem cell research, this may no longer be an issue. They need to come to realize that
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Peer Review 13 fertility clinics disposing embryos instead of providing them to the scientists and physicians for the purpose of aiding others is far more unethical. Since when is providing cure to the sick at no one’s harm unethical? Will we refuse a prematurely taken life to bring hope to a dying one?
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