Essay on Is Embryonic Stem Cell Research Ethical or Not?

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Although some find embryonic stem cells unethical, supporting embryonic stem cell research will benefit humankind in many aspects. While many support embryonic stem cell research, some people oppose it say that it is an unethical practice. According to these people, embryonic stem cells require murdering a baby, human life is defined by rational beings, those capable of rational thought or a consciousness. In order to be rational one must have a consciousness, the ability to have thoughts and feel pain, to begin with. “For a fertilized egg, there is no consciousness and also no history of consciousness” (Stem). If abortions are allowed within the United States, why shouldn’t embryonic stem cell research be? Another claim against embryonic …show more content…
One of the many benefits from embryonic stem cells is the ability to cure birth defects. “By injecting stem cells directly into the brain, scientists have been able to cure neural birth defects in mice whose mothers were given heroin while pregnant” (“Norrander”). Even though a good portion of the injected cells did not survive; the brains cells gained the ability to carry our more drastic repairs than before. “The hippocampus of the heroin exposed mice had disruption in their biochemical pathways. This caused the mice to lose the ability to remember; however, with transplanted stem cells, they were able to produce more cells in the hippocampus, allowing them to remember event and obstacles better than ever before” (“Norrander”). Many millions of people are born with birth defects whether from heroin abusing mothers or even genetic defects. If we have the potential methodology to help the people to help cure the suffering, we have an ethical and moral duty to do so. We have a duty to never settle for less than the best possibilities, to save those people from suffrage.
Another benefit is that embryonic stem cells show hope to cure multiple sclerosis. “In 2003, mice were injected with Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE) which mimics Multiple Sclerosis (MS). EAE replicates MS by displaying similar symptoms like disease progression, lesions and behaviors” (Embryo’s). Shortly after the mice were paralyzed representing an MS victim, the mice were injected with

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