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  • dyooperya dyooperya Jan 20, 2011 12:46 AM Flag

    Been pondering the Methodist comment some more

    I think I remember seeing this on the board some time back......not sure.

    When I google em, seems those Methodists are doing quite a lot stem work....................
    I still go back to why would rabin make a statement like that.........


    Some Judgments Regarding the Use of Existing Embryos for Stem Cell Research

    There has been a great deal of scientific interest recently generated by research on human stem cells. These are the cells that give rise to other cells. There are a number of potential sources for stem cells, including adult tissues, fetal remains, umbilical cord blood, and human embryos. The use of adult stem cells and stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood raise few moral questions. The use of human embryos as a source for stem cells has been the subject of intense moral debate.

    Given the reality that most, if not all, of these excess embryos will be discarded—we believe that it is morally tolerable to use existing embryos for stem cell research purposes. This position is a matter of weighing the danger of further eroding the respect due to potential life against the possible, therapeutic benefits that are hoped for from such research. The same judgment of moral tolerability would apply to the use of embryos left from future reproductive efforts if a decision has been made not to introduce them into the womb. We articulate this position with an attitude of caution, not license. We reiterate our opposition to the creation of embryos for the sake of research. (See Book of Resolutions 2000, p. 254)

    http://archives.umc.org/interior.asp?ptid=4&mid=6560

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