Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Two bioethics issues with one story

A helpful article from LifeNews.com: "Babies Can Be Treated With Adult Stem Cells, Even in the Womb." As the title suggests, this report outlines a few ways in which scientists are using adult (not embryonic) stem cells to treat children of a young age, even unborn children.

Two things: First, the more the public realizes the advantages of adult stem cell research, hopefully the less we will support the destructive kind of embryonic stem cell research. They really are two very different things.

Second, I wonder how long we can live with the moral tension created by the ability to both save and destroy life in the womb. In a world where it's possible to cure defects in children still in the womb, how much longer will we really believe it's okay to kill these same children?

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