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Finding Cures and Protecting life
Stem Cell Research offers hope to millions of American with diseases like Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The hope has been that one day they may unlock the secret of human development and yield powerful therapies to treat a wide variety of genetic disorders and diseases, including cancer, ...view middle of the document...
There is a number of different places form which stem cells can be obtained bone marrow, fat cells, umbilical cord blood, adult blood, skin cells, and human embryo. The Church is opposed to embryonic stem cell research, because human embryos must be destroyed to acquire them. The other types of stem cells are derived from adult tissues and therefore not morally problematic (Catholic, 2014). And as the church has always taught that the intentional direct killing of innocent human beings in morally EVIL and that “no one can claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.”
Obtaining stem cells from a human embryo is highly unethical. Many oppose embryonic –stem cell experimentation on moral grounds, since embryonic-stem cell research involves the deliberate destruction of living, genetically complete human embryos that otherwise could grow into children. The process of extracting the cells is a process that destroys an embryo, ends a human life. A human embryo is an innocent human being in his first stage of life. It is always and in every case morally wrong to intentionally kill an innocent human being at any point in life, including the embryonic stage of development. Many oppose federal funding of embryo- killing research on pragmatic grounds, arguing that ethical adult stem-cell research is already treating more than 70 diseases, which offers far more promise for near-term therapies for patients. The unproven promise of embryonic stem cell lies in their pliability; researchers hope they can be manipulated into becoming cells found in any part of the body to repair diseased or damaged organs, bones and other body parts. Obtaining stem cells from fatty tissue, bone marrow or the umbilical cord after the birth of a baby, on the other hand may be done ethically. No harm comes to the person who stem cells are obtained from research in such a fashion. The cells hold the promise of reversing previously incurable illnesses, like Lou Gehrig’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Utilitarian scientist in the Gerona Corporation are once again pushing those ethical boundaries, using human patients as guinea pigs in their quest for lucrative patents from embryo-destructive stem cell research.
Contrary to the impression many people have, research involving human embryonic stem cells is not new, yet human embryonic stem cell research has thus far been unsuccessful in the quest to develop any...