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Stem Cell DialoguesA Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers$
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Sheldon Krimsky

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167482

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.001.0001

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The Moral Status of Embryos

The Moral Status of Embryos

(p.25) Dialogue 5 The Moral Status of Embryos
Stem Cell Dialogues

Sheldon Krimsky

Columbia University Press

This dialogue provides a fictional account of a panel discussion with Rabbi Jacob Goldman, Monsignor Patrick Callahan, and Mary Osborn on the moral status of early embryos. Osborn is a secular humanist and author of the acclaimed book Ethics Without God. Dr. Rebecca Franklin acts as moderator. Here they talk about the moral status of human embryos and its relation to scientific, cultural, and religious assertions; how an embryo becomes an entity that deserves moral consideration, rather than, say, a cluster of cells; the distinction between fertilization and conception; how Judaism addresses the moral status of the embryo; a woman's right to abortion; harvesting of embryos for stem cells; a humanistic ethics of stem cell research and therapy in connection with the moral status of embryos; how science affects the moral status of the embryo; and the importance of science in bioethics and vice versa.

Keywords:   moral status, human embryos, fertilization, conception, Judaism, abortion, stem cells, stem cell research, science, bioethics

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