The bitter national debate over the uses of human embryos for scientific research and medical treatments has raised some troubling questions: Is it morally permissible to produce and experiment upon human embryos? Is it morally permissible to destroy human embryos to obtain stem cells for therapeutic purposes? Is it morally permissible to treat human embryos as disposable research material that may be used and destroyed to benefit others? All such questions have the seeds of their answers in one, more fundamental question: Are all human embryos human persons worthy of full moral respect? In “Embryo: A Defense of Human Life,” Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen answer that question with a resounding “Yes.”
Deliberately avoiding religious arguments, Professors George and Tollefsen make a purely scientific and philosophical case that the fetus, from the instant of conception, is a human being, with all the moral and political rights inherent in that status — and that, as such, any research that destroys a viable embryo represents the unacceptable taking of a human life. They also grapple with the political, scientific, and cultural consequences arising from their position and offer a summary of scientific alternatives to embryonic stem cell research.
A few of the revealing facts and persuasive arguments you’ll find in this important book:
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