The topic that I have selected for analysis is “Stem cells and cloning.” Stem cells have the ability to develop into different types of cells in the body, making them a promising tool for treating a variety of diseases. But stem cells pose ethical questions for Christians and healthcare professionals.
Stem cells are a key ethical concern for society. The source of embryonic stem cells is from the leftovers from in-vitro fertilation. These embryos can be destroyed during the procedure to obtain stem cells. This poses ethical concerns regarding the morality and sanctity human life. The adult stem cells can be obtained from adult tissue and don’t raise ethical concerns.
A second ethical problem facing society is stem cell research that could lead to human embryo cloning. Cloning can be defined as the production of identical genetically engineered copies of an organism. Although stem cell research is not directly related to cloning but the technology used to generate stem cells from embryos may also be used for creating cloned embryos. Concerns about ethical and moral issues surrounding the creation of human clones raise concern as can the misuse potential of this technology.
From a Christian healthcare professional’s perspective, the use of embryonic stem cells raises ethical concerns because it requires the destruction of human life. According to the Bible, human life begins with conception. It would therefore be morally unwise to destroy embryos for research purposes. However, adult stem cells are not subject to the same ethical issues as embryo destruction. They do not result in the loss of human life.
As for whether and how a Christian should participate in stem cell research and cloning, it ultimately depends on the individual’s conscience and beliefs. Some might say that research on adult stem cells is ethically acceptable while others argue against it. It’s important for Christian healthcare professionals to prayerfully consider their participation in such research and weigh the potential benefits against