Stem Cell Research Controversy & Religion?

What makes Stem Cell Research such a controversial issue? What are the ethics about it?
Some people maintain that in order to obtain stem cells, a fetus must be terminated. Why is religion so stubborn about this? Throughout history, Christians have been the reason scientist couldn't advance their research. And now religion is absolutely against Stem Cell Research and we all pay the price. We could cure serious diseases with Stem Cell Research findings.

Is Stem Cell Research currently legal or illegal? What are the pros and cons?

asked by Kevin in Religion | 4313 views | 09-05-2010 at 11:11 PM

Stem cell research is legal. Always has been.
Religion is against it, basically religious people don't like the fact that to get the stem cells you have to kill the embryo. Some say this is killing a living thing and is wrong, others say no it isn't technically alive. That is the basic ethnics argument when it comes to Stem Cell Research.

There has been much controversy in the press recently about the pros and cons of stem cell research.
Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. Serving as a sort of repair system for the body, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive.

Some people acknowledge that Stem Cell Research is promising for diseases like Parkinson's disease. The debate is whether or not the embryo is a human being.

The Stem Cell Research controversy has led to many arguments over sanctity of life, when life actually begins, etc. Many suggest that rather than enrage the controversy and destroy embryos, the stem cells should be taken from the vastly more available adult bone marrow in a process which is much less damaging to human life.

answered by Adam | 09-05-2010 at 11:12 PM

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