So if embryonic stem cells result in such positive outcomes why does the religious community object?
In the final instalment of this series on embryonic stem cells, we are going to look at the religious point of view and why this community disagrees with embryonic stem cell research along side my personal opinion as well.
The Religious Point of View
Taking a look at the cartoon above, you can see that one of the figures died waiting for embryonic stem cell research to find a cure and the other was an embryo used in the research. The problem with the cartoon is that the embryo is portrayed as a human which in the minds of certain religious groups is true.
Because these religious groups believe that ensoulment of a human begins at conception which can be viewed as the exact time that one fertilised cell becomes human, as a proper time (fertilisation, womb time, birth) has not been established.
Therefore, using the blastocysts to obtain stem cells would mean the destruction of the embryo which means that if the embryo is viewed as human since conception, this destruction would be considered murder.
Another debatable reason against stem cell research is that approving and funding of research such as stem cell research can result in scientists being open to human cloning even though this is a banned concept in many nations such as Australia where regulations are put in place for both human cloning and stem cell research.
To explain my opinion on the topic I want to start off by looking at the cartoon above. During most if not all scientific discoveries there are always different sides arguing their opinion on what is right and wrong.
In this case I support the scientific side but I also understand the religious view and these are the reasons why:
It is a hard decision to make on which side to be on but I believe that if one embryo (that had the outcome of being discarded either by IVF or abortion) can potentially become the solution that solves an issue for so many people today, then it is worth the sacrifice.
If you want to research this topic further on the religious views click here, if you want to read further on the debate click here or if you want to learn about new discoveries regarding the topic click here.