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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.
Monday, April 17, 2006
A Distinct Human Being? I Don't Think So.
This is the kind of argument that drives me crazy. The writer urges us to consult medical textbooks so that we, too, can arrive at the obvious (to her) conclusion that human life begins at conception.
At conception, the sperm and egg join together and a new human person is created with his or her own set of chromosomes and own DNA. This early stage of human development is called an embryo.It never ceases to amaze me that some people cannot seem to take this argument one necessary step further -- that the embryo at conception is NOT a unique human being. It may still split into two embryos, or two of these embryos might merge into one. An embryo is not a "distinct human being" until at least differentiation (if then), when the possibility of twinning or chimeras is past. Is it too much to ask that we at least know how many human beings we are talking about before we designate the embryo as distinct?
Roe v. Wade
Stem Cell Fight!
Bush the hypocrite
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