There’s an excellent argument that the blastocysts used in stem cell research are due to be discarded anyway, but the problem with that is it’s secondary to the moral argument. I don’t think there is a moral argument, however. I see no definition by which a blastocyst counts as ‘alive’, and the potentiality argument is just ridiculous – you might as well say that people who decide not to have children are murderers. I’m not denying there’s a problem with deciding the point at which a baby begins, but I don’t see any reasonable way in which blastocysts are it. The Daily Kos article1 does a good job of explaining the science behind stem cell research.
- I didn’t directly steal their pics, btw, I went to Wikipedia to find equivalent images and found they’d done the same thing 🙂 [↩]