Are ethics and moral issues important enough to stop stem cell research developments? Explain.

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marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Stem Cell Research . . . is it ethical or moral?  The answer to that question lies with more than what we as a people feel about it.  It's a legal issue as well. 

Every medical advancement and subsequent research project that comes along has to get past stiff government regulations to even be considered safe to use on human beings. And where medicine is concerned, the benefits of improving, saving, or lengthening human life or quality of life have to far outweigh the potential risks involved. 

Stem Cell Research has raised many people's hopes since its inception, but it has raised a far greater outcry where ethics, morality, and legality are concerned.  In more recent years, studies have become more ethical due to government regulations.  As stated on the following website,

If you cannot defend a study ethically, you should not and will not be allowed to conduct it. You cannot defend a study ethically unless the presumed cost is lower than expected benefits.

Here's another way of looking at this:  Louis Pasteur came up with the principle of vaccinating against certain strains of bacteria.  The idea was radical and risky at best.  But, Dr. Pasteur needed to prove or disprove his theory so his vaccines were used on cattle and human beings.  Were there some in his day that might have considered testing on human beings unethical?  Perhaps there were, but every new medical procedure is risky.  Someone has to take the initiative or new drugs and procedures would never come about.

If our government feels strongly enough about stem cell research to allow the medical field to test it on humans and animals, that doesn't automatically make it moral and ethical.  If we feel so strongly about it that we want it to stop we can protest it and try to get it stopped.  But then again, maybe we should stop and consider the people with life-threatening illnesses and conditions who hold out hope that stem cell research will give them the cure they're hoping for.

shizza123 | Student

I do not think so because researching on cells does not hurt anybody. Yes, it is destoying life in a way, but then again, this research is what will ultimately save several lives by finding cures for deadly diseases. This wil improve the quality o human life, which noobe has anything against.