This is a very ‘hot button’ issue that keeps arising in the face of politicians everywhere in the country. What if anything should the government involve itself in for the issues of stem cell research? How far should the government press into the fields of medical science research? Should the government interfere at all, or stand back and come up with laws to handle the consequences of such research?
It comes into question, how many ordinary Americans really know and understand what stem cell research is, how it can effect our lives, and what does it have the ability to do in the future? With topics such as abortion being very hot and causing pressures on all sides, it only seems natural that stem cell research should cause just as much controversy. Many supporters argue that the research gathered will be able to save millions of lives, while those opposing the research all argue that they are killing thousands of innocent children in the process.
Where do the embryos used in stem cell research originate? These embryos are usually left-overs from processes conducted in infertility clinics. Couples who seek infertility treatments can opt to have the left-over embryos preserved, adopted by other people, destroyed, or donated to research. They usually choose to donate these embryos to research.
The left-over embryos are frozen a few days after their conception. In this form, they are incapable of supporting life. They are not legally considered alive since life is legally defined to start on an infant’s first breath of air. Who, then, has the ultimate authority to decide the fate of these embryos?
The embryos are the building blocks of people, yet, they have no rights themselves. Whom do they belong to? Who is responsible for ensuring they are taken care of? Many consider the embryos being used in research as the same category as murder. Is it actually murder when the child is never born, and is only conceived in a test tube? Who should really make the decision about how these embryos should be handled?
Embryos are used in medical research as a source of stem cells. The stem cells, according to medical scientists, may be used to treat different types of illnesses. They are used to generate body parts and organs to aid people with specific forms of illnesses. Are these actions morally acceptable?
The current administration has tried to place a ban on this research and block the use of the embryos. This has upset many supporters who feel this research is vital to the survival of the human race, while those who digress the ideas are upset that is has not been banned fully yet. Where is the better side to stand? Should we allow the government to meddle into the scientific aspects of medicine, or should we continue the research to save thousands, or millions of lives?
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