The topic that I have selected for analysis is “Stem cells and cloning.” Stem cells have the ability to develop into different types of cells in the body, making them a promising tool for treating a variety of diseases. The ethical implications of stem cell use for Christian healthcare workers and society are significant.
The source of stem cells is a major ethical issue for society. In-vitro fertilization techniques can leave embryos with a few days to produce embryonic stem cells. Many embryos that are left over from in-vitro fertilization procedures are destroyed during the procedure to obtain stem cells. This can raise concerns about both the morality and the dignity of an embryo. However, adult stem cells are grown from adult tissue and don’t raise ethical issues.
A second ethical problem facing society is stem cell research that could lead to human embryo cloning. Cloning refers to the creation of genetically identical versions of an organism. Stem cell research doesn’t directly involve cloning. However, embryos that have stem cells can be used to make cloned embryos using the same technology. There are ethical concerns as to the ethics and misuse of technology that can be used for creating human clones.
From a Christian healthcare professional’s perspective, the use of embryonic stem cells raises ethical concerns because it requires the destruction of human life. According to the Bible, human life begins with conception. The destruction of embryos in research is therefore morally unacceptable. The use of adult stem cell research, on the other hand raises no ethical concern as it does not lead to the endangerment of human lives.
As for whether and how a Christian should participate in stem cell research and cloning, it ultimately depends on the individual’s conscience and beliefs. Some might say that research on adult stem cells is ethically acceptable while others argue against it. It’s important for Christian healthcare professionals to prayerfully consider their participation in such research and weigh the potential benefits against