Case Study Case Study
Part1: C.26:2Z-2: b (1)
Stem cell research continues to draw attention with regard to theethical issues it is associated with. Steinbock would support theneed to have physicians provide information to patients being treatedfor infertility regarding the disposition of remaining embryos. In astatement, Steinbocks states
“If onetakes the right-to-life view of human embryos, it is morally wrong tocreate embryos and then destroy them, regardless of the purpose…”(Steinbock, 2011, p622)
This confirms the fact that the physician must inform the patients onthe fate of the embryos after the infertility treatment. After theuse of the embryos, it could be essential to ensure that the patientunderstands the fate since it will act as a way of upholding themoral obligation of ensuring they are used for noble purposes.
Part2: C.26:2Z-2: c (1)
The Pontifical Academy for Life supports the prohibition of the useof embryos for any purpose. In light of the same, they reiteratethat
“On thebasis of a complete biological analysis, the living human embryo is–from the moment of the union of the gametes-a human subject with awell-defined identity… (Steinbock, 2011, p624)
The position taken is a reflection of the fact that there is generalagreement regarding the need to desist from any activity entailingthe use of embryos. The Academy would be in support of the sectionsince it is in line with their stance on the use of embryos.
Cloning for reproduction is a morally impermissible act that shouldnot be allowed regardless of the circumstances. The decision to clonefor reproduction may result in situations where human beings areviewed more like commodities. The effect is their commercializationresulting in their use for financial gain.
“..Bothopponents and proponents of human cloning agree that cloned embryosshould not be able to be sold and sold…” (Steinbock, 2011,p529)
Steinbock, B.(2011). Life before birth: the moral and legal status of embryosand fetuses.
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