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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog

We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.

Well, well, well. It looks like Dr. Frist is now supporting stem cell research. Interesting!

It's a ballsy move. Since he'll most likely be running in 2008, he's risking the alienation of himself from the Christian Right. Just to be safe, in the ever-political way, he said this:

"I am pro-life," Mr. Frist says in the speech, arguing that he can reconcile his support for the science with his own Christian faith. "I believe human life begins at conception."

But at the same time, he says, "I also believe that embryonic stem cell research should be encouraged and supported."

On the bright side, we're finally seeing this issue being discussed with less of an emphasis placed on political leaning and more on getting things done. Good luck Dr. Frist!

Just a quick comment about your masthead...isn't the real argument when a human life becomes a person? Biologically speaking it makes no sense to ask when an embryo conceived of two humans becomes human. But "personhood" is a legal category currently used to keep the full protection of law at the womb's exit. Saw you linked at Slate, by the way.
I have some thoughts on this, but need some clarification. Perhaps you can help!? What is the difference between cloning and stem cell research? Or is there a difference?
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