Religious Values and Stem Cell Research Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Religious Values and Stem Cell Research
An argument against the restrictions imposed on stem cell research by religious values.
# 148253 | 1,183 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 05, 2011 in Political Science (U.S.) , Hot Topics (Stem Cell Research) , Ethics (General)

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The paper presents the argument that stem cell science is tremendously valuable to human health and welfare and must never be subjected to restrictions imposed by subjective beliefs or religious values, but only to the objective principles of medical ethics recognized in contemporary medicine. The paper discusses the general role of medical ethics and secular law in modern medicine and medical research and strongly contends that existing federal restrictions on stem cell research represent subjective religious values and beliefs and, therefore, violate U.S. constitutional law. The paper includes an outline of the paper's argument.

Policy Thesis
Ethical Issues
The Role of Secular Law and Modern Medicine

From the Paper:

"However, the entire field of stem cell science research has been inappropriately hampered by US laws, particularly those supported and inspired by the most recent presidential administration of George W Bush. Specifically, at least eight very valuable years of stem cell science research has been lost by virtue of the public funding restrictions imposed by laws designed to impose various religious beliefs and values on secular scientific research. Since 2001, the necessary research to develop stem cell technology into medical treatments has been thwarted by the prohibition of federal funding for stem cell research. The tremendously expensive costs associated with stem cell research together with the fact that approximately ninety-percent of medical research in the U.S. is made possible by federal research grants meant that its ineligibility for federal funding effectively amounted to an outright ban (Kinsley, 2007 p36)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dershowitz, Allan. Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age. Boston: Little Brown, 2002.
  • Healy, Bernadine. "On Health: The Other Stem Cells" U.S. News & World Report; June 14, 2004: 77.
  • Kinsley, Michael. "Why Science Can't Save the GOP" Time Magazine, December 10, 2007: 36.
  • Levine, Carol. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Bioethical Issues. 12th Ed. Dubuque Iowa: McGraw Hill, 2008.

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