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The Heated Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research

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In present days of life in The United States, research has become a viable tool for sustaining and prolonging human life. As research evolves, it brings along with it much controversy, especially where stem cell research is involved. Stem cell research can bring new insight to today’s medical field. This may be the way of finding solutions concerning many health injuries and diseases which would diversely be thought of as implausible.
Thoughts can be influenced by Deborah White, in Pros & Cons of Embryonic Stem Cell Research, “Embryonic stem cells are thought by most scientists and researchers to hold potential cures for spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, hundreds of rare immune system and genetic disorders and much more.” Therefore, it is believed, cures could virtually be ascertained for many diseases with extensive stem cell research.
In accordance with Jeremy Bentham, in An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, “utility is meant that property in any object, whereby it tends to produce benefit, advantage, pleasure, good, or happiness … or to prevent the happening of mischief, pain, evil, or unhappiness to the party whose interest is considered: if that party be the community in general, then the happiness of the community: if a particular individual, then the happiness of that individual.” Stem cell research is felt to be a rightful action because it leads to happiness and not pain for those inflicted with a disease which a cure may be discovered.” Consequently , Bentham believes as long as things produce goodness and happiness, it should be done. As found in Utilitarianism, by John Stuart Mill on the principle of utility “Bentham latterly called it, the greatest happiness principle, has had a large share in forming the moral doctrines even of those who most scornfully reject its authority.” However, other people feel happiness is not merely what occurs to us, but, rather how we deal with our circumstances.
This brings us to the controversial position on stem cell research. Scientists want to do research on aborted embryos or fertilized human embryos left over from medical procedures, such as In Vetro Fertilizations (IVF). Since abortion is considered the murdering of unborn babies, is it still a good thing to do this research on embryos? The thought of many is, if the abortions are happening anyway; why not do the research on embryos? Another venue of stem cell research could be acquired from an adult’s blood or bone marrow. However, these stem cells may not as adaptable and may only grow into a few select tissues. In contrast, embryonic stem cells can grow into very nearly any tissue. The question continues, is it morally wrong to kill babies to possibly discover a cure for ailments of the world?
Adult stem cells have already contributed to the cure of many diseases, many cancer related. To accredit Deborah White, in Pros...

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