kinson's, spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, and even paralysis. Spinal cord injuries and Parkinson's disease are two examples that have been championed by high-profile media personalities (for instance, Christopher Reeve and Michael J. Fox). The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research estimates that stem cell research shows promise to develop cures and/or new treatments for 100 million Americans who currently suffer from a wide variety of diseases and disorders.
There are several types of issues to consider as we reflect upon stem cell research. ...
Many frame the debate about stem cell research around the question of "when life begins," although the issue is not when life begins, but whenpersonhood begins and ends. Human life began millions of years ago when our ancestors reached a stage of evolutionary development that permitted the separate species, Homo sapiens to arise. Human life will end when our species becomes extinct.
Stem cell research is a controversial issue in America as, with the present state of technology, the creation of a human embryonic stem cell line requires the destruction of a human embryo.Stem cell debates have motivated and reinvigorated the pro-life movement. There has been a deep and bitter dispute over the conduct of this research; many pro-lifers, for instance Roman Catholics and conservative Protestants, have opposed this research. According to them, the embryos from which these stem cells are extracted are actually individual entities, and have a soul to them. Since the embryos are killed when the stem cells are removed, or stored for long periods of time, long past their viable storage life, pro-lifers view the extraction procedure as murder. In the United States alone, there have been estimates of at least 400,000 such embryos.
However, not everyone is opposed to stem cell research. Many groups that even protest it are comfortable with certain forms of cell research. Plenty of experiments and tests have been carried out to determine improved and more efficient ways of saving lives and replacing organs, without having to kill "pre-embryos." "The Church does not oppose stem cell research as such - in fact, we are actively engaged in promoting stem cell research that is advancing toward new