Analogies and Artifacts:
Stem Cell Research — By Joe Carter on December 10, 2004 at 2:23 am
Can Embryonic Stem Cell Research be Morally Acceptable? (Part II)
[Note: This is the second part in an examination of the moral implications of using altered nuclear transfer as as a moral means of attaining embryonic stem cells for research. Part one can be found here.]
In order to determine the moral status of the biological artifact (BA) produced by altered nuclear transfer, we need to find an analogically similar entity with a matching “fact pattern”. If the BA is found to resemble an entity with a recognized moral status (i.e, the human embryo) then it is should also be worthy of such recognition. But if the BA is more akin to non-living matter (i.e., malignant tissue growth), then we should find no moral objections to using it as a means of acquiring embryonic stem cells.
Because the BA is ‘