Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Embryonic stem cell research:

“This is controversial as a form of research because it does depend upon the destruction of younger humans in order to serve the interest of older and more wealthy humans.”

– Tad Pacholczyk

Transcribed by Jeff Fenske from The Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show:

Fri., March 13, 2009

Hour 2 ( Download the MP3 )

Guest:  The Reverend Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D. // Government’s Lethal Exploitation // Obama’s Embryonic Stem Cell Research Executive Order // Stem cell lines // Brave New World //

Katherine interviews the Rev. Tad Pacholczyk (Pah-HOLE-chik) a noted Neuroscientist as well as Staff Ethicist and Director Of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Katherine and Rev. P. discuss Obama’s executive order that will allow citizens’ tax dollars to be used to support embryonic stem cell research. Rev. P opposes embryonic stem cell research — as does Katherine. Katherine reads from Rev. P’s article “Government’s lethal exploitation of the most vulnerable of human beings.”  Rev. P. explains how embryonic stem cell research requires the destruction of human embryos, calling it  the killing of younger humans for the benefit of older, wealthier ones. Rev. P. explains what a stem cell line is.  Katherine is told that there are about 500,000 embryos in a “Liquid Nitrogen orphanage” of sorts. Position of the Catholic church of invitro fertilization. Caller asks, “What if couples cannot conceive, is invitro the way to go?” Rev. P. says no.
Priest combines religion and science
The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC)
Commentary by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted on Obama Embryonic Stem Cell Research Executive Order
Making Sense of Bioethics

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