About this site
About us
Our beliefs
Your first visit?
Contact us
External links
Good books
Visitor essays
Our forum
New essays
Other site features
Buy a CD
Vital notes

World religions
Who is a Christian?
Shared beliefs
Handle change
Bible topics
Bible inerrancy
Bible harmony
Interpret Bible
Beliefs, creeds
Da Vinci code
Revelation, 666
Other religions
Other spirituality
Cults and NRMs
Comparing religions

About all religions
Important topics
Basic information
Gods & Goddesses
Handle change
Confusing terms
World's end
One true religion?
Seasonal topics
Science v. Religion
More info.

Absolute truth

Attaining peace
Religious tolerance
Religious hatred
Religious conflict
Religious violence

"Hot" topics
Very hot topics
Ten commandm'ts
Assisted suicide
Death penalty
Equal rights - gays & bi's
Gay marriage
Origins of the species
Sex & gender
Spanking kids
Stem cells
Other topics

Laws and news
Religious laws
Religious news


Religious Tolerance logo


Becoming politically active;

Links to other information sources

horizontal rule

Sponsored link.

horizontal rule

Consider becoming politically active:

If you are pro-life, you probably believe that human personhood begins at conception. Thus you may view the killing of surplus embryos as murder, and the continuing of stem cell research as akin to Nazi medical experimentation on human beings.

If you are pro-choice, then you probably believe that human personhood begins much later in pregnancy. Thus you probably view the killing of surplus embryos to be morally acceptable, particularly if they offer so many potential benefits to mankind. You would probably approve of the use of stem cells that are already extracted,

Either way, you might want to contact President Bush and/or Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thomson with your comments:

bulletPresident Bush's comment line is at: (202) 456-1111. His E-mail address is: president@whitehouse.gov
bulletSecretary Thompson's Fax line is at: (202) 690-7203. His E-mail address is: hhsmail@os.dhhs.gov

horizontal rule

Sponsored link:

horizontal rule

Related essays on this web site:

At the heart of the embryo stem cell controversy is a lack of consensus on When human personhood begins.

Cloning and stem cell research bear some points of similarity. They both start with an ovum and initially use some of the same techniques. The eventual goal of human cloning is to create a twin human. The eventual goal of stem cell research is to create a replacement organ or part of an organ.

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis extracts a single cell from an embryo and tests it. This determines whether an embryo contains a genetic defect.

Therapeutic cloning would involve making a embryo that is a clone of a person, extracting its stem cells, and then using them to create tissue or a complete organ. The latter would then be transplanted into the patient. Since the tissue or organ contains the person's DNA, there would be no possibility of rejection. This is not technically possible at the present time. It will take many years to achieve this, if it is ever done. In the meantime, some impressive progress has been made in curing paralysis in rats.

horizontal rule

Helpful information sites on the Internet:

bulletList of links to websites describing stem cell research:
bulletFG Technology has a list of hyperlinks at: http://www.fgtechnology.com/
bulletFilings HQ has a list of links to articles discussing the benefits of stem cell research at: http://filingshq.com/ They also have a list of essays opposed to stem cell research at: http://filingshq.com/
bulletResearch guidelines:
bullet"National Institutes of Health guidelines for research using human pluripotent stem cells," at: http://www.nih.gov/
bulletGroups in favor of carefully controlled embryo stem cell research:
bulletNational Institutes of Health, at: http://www.nih.gov/
bulletThe Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research at: http://www.stemcellfunding.org/
bulletAmerican Medical Association at: http://www.ama-assn.org/ **
bulletGroups opposing all embryo stem cell research:
bulletFocus on the Family at: http://www.family.org/ **
bulletRoman Catholic Church:
bulletUS: See: http://www.nccbuscc.org/prolife/issues/bioethic/
bulletCanada: See: http://www.e3mil.com/vm/index.asp?
bulletAmerican Family Association at: http://www.afa.net/ **
bulletDo No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics at:  http://www.stemcellresearch.org

* Enter search string stem cell in the "Search the Site:" box to obtain a list of articles on this topic.

horizontal rule

Site navigation:

 Home page > Morality > Stem Cells > here

or Home page > Hot topics > Stem Cells > here

horizontal rule

Copyright © 1998 to 2005 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2005-OCT-17
Author: B.A. Robinson

line.gif (538 bytes)

horizontal rule

Go to the previous page, or the Stem Cell Research menu, or choose

Web ReligiousTolerance.org

Go to home page  We would really appreciate your help

E-mail us about errors, etc.  Purchase a CD of this web site

FreeFind search, lists of new essays...  Having problems printing our essays?

Twitter link

Facebook icon

Google Page Translator:

This page translator works on Firefox,
Opera, Chrome, and Safari browsers only

After translating, click on the "show
original" button at the top of this
page to restore page to English.