The Ethical Ethics Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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According to Wikipedia, “Ethics, sometimes known as philosophical ethics, ethical theory, moral theory, and moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct, often addressing disputes of moral diversity.” (Wikipedia, 2014) Ethics is viewed throughout different cultures as the correct way to live life, and as being “Morally Right”. Throughout this report, the ethical issue that will be explored is Embryonic Stem Cell research, additionally the issue is going to be considered from the philosophical frame work of Natural Law. Although, the two positions of Catholic Social Teaching and Scientific Research, both view Embryonic Stem Cell research as being unethical they both have a different view point. Many of the moral values created for each side have very different perspectives. The Catholic Social Teaching values come from God …show more content…
For example, the creation story, is what Catholics believe to be the only right way to reproduce compared to Scientific Research, which explains human curiosity about furthering scientific knowledge in health. Natural Law does believe that it can be right to procreate using other methods but within reason.
2.0 Ethical Issue: Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Embryonic stem cells are taken from a human embryo to change into any other type of cell in the human body. They are used to help develop knowledge in science and further research about terminal illnesses and other problems. Human embryonic stem cells can divide without limit, and yet maintain the potential to make all the cells of the body. These cells were discovered by James Alexander Thomson, who is an American developmental biologist. In 1998, James Thomson and his group of students successfully isolated a group of Embryonic

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