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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.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Right-to-Lifers Fall Short on Reason
A few days ago, "Slate" posted an article by Michael Kinsley titled "Reason, Faith, and Stem Cells." Kinsley first recognizes the irrationality of the government's policy on embryonic stem-cell research, and goes on to say,
It's a compromise between two logically irreconcilable positions. And it stretches democracy as far as it can be stretched in deference to the strongly held views of the losing side of an argument. It says: "You cannot have your way. You cannot impose the burden of your views on others. But at least you can know that your own tax dollars won't be spent directly on something you find immoral." This is quite a concession. It's more than opponents of wars, for example, are allowed.But then Kinsley gets to the meat of his argument, which is that those who remain adamently opposed to stem-cell research because they believe human life begins at conception are not arguing from a position of reason.
In the endless right-to-life debate, compromise is difficult for pro-lifers because the strength of their side of the argument comes from its absolutism. (Unless it comes from faith, about which there can be no argument.) Absolutism is their logical trump card. If you don't protect every human being from the moment of conception, where do you draw the line? Anywhere you draw it is another irrational distinction, conferring humanity—and, possibly, life itself—on one organism and denying both to another that is nearly identical.I encourage you to read the rest of this fine, well reasoned piece. Kinsley's observation on right-to-lifers with respect to evolution is, by itself, worth a post.
But even most right-to-lifers do believe in evolution and are comfortable with the idea that humanity is one end of a continuum, not a thing apart.
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