Abstract This paper shall examine a contemporary issue in medical ethics. Specifically, the author will address the issue of embryonic stem cell research, assessing both sides of the argument to better understand the contentious nature of what is, at first glance, a matter only of medical research. Ultimately, after a discussion of both sides of the debate, the author concludes that the potential value of embryonic stem cell research far outweighs the dubious proposition that embryos should be imbued with personhood equivalent to any living human being. Medical Ethics: The Case for Stem Cell Research In the study of contemporary ethical issues in the medical field, few stand out so prominently as the question of embryonic stem cell...The end:
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