Like almost any situation there are pros and cons. This is true for Stem Cell Research as well. Stem cell research can help out so many people that have cancer and other diseases. But there are different types of stem cells that can be taken from the body, and different types of research that can be done. Studying stem cells from bone marrow, blood, muscle tissue, body fat and nerves is one option. The other is doing research on embryos from the human body.
Researchers are trying to save lives by conducting research on embryos. The message I got out of it is; killing one life to save many others. I can see how one would find this acceptable. However, when there are many other alternatives to research, this is not necessary. Yes, eventually those embryos (if born) will die anyway, but that does not give anyone the right to kill them, not to mention there is no proof that stem cell research on embryos has even treated a human patient. On top of that, animal trials suggest that stem cells from embryos are too genetically unstable to be used as treatment anyways.
Embryonic research is fully allowed in The United States. It is such a controversial topic and the federal government is giving way too much money to fund it. $25 million in 2001, and who knows how much since then. The government barely even has limits on the embryonic research that is being done. Some even argue that this organization is underfunded.
Harvesting stem cells from embryos kills them. It kills something that could otherwise become a fetus, which would then be brought into this world as a new baby. Sure, it’s for research, but it is still killing a life, an innocent life at that. Plus, many embryos that are frozen and stored are saved for people who cannot reproduce and would like to have children. So killing these embryos not only takes its life away, it potentially takes it away from someone else as well.
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