HESC usage is extremely beneficial,however, there has been debate over this topic for many years. One major reasonthis research can be debated as unethical is due to political, religious, and moralbeliefs and the destruction of the embryo. Many people believe that life beginswhen the egg and sperm come together, whether it be in vitro fertilization orwithin a woman’s womb. When hESC are being extracted, the embryo gets destroyed—thereforeleading some individuals to think that a child is killed. However, othersbelieve that life begins after a different period of time, and when the initialconception occurs, the cells are not accounted as life.
With this line ofthought, many people do still believe that though they are a clump of cells,there should still be rules and regulations to follow in order to test on theseembryos. Those in favor of this research believe that using hESC providegreater respect for human’s due to their healing abilities. However, there arepeople are both pro-life and supporters of stem cell research. An example ofthis is Nancy Reagan and Senator Orrin Hatch. Hatch claims, “the support of embryonic stem cell researchis consistent with pro-life, pro-family values. I believe that human lifebegins in the womb, not a Petri dish or refrigerator…To me, the morality of thesituation dictates that these embryos, which are routinely discarded, be usedto improve and save lives.
The tragedy would be in not using these embryos tosave lives when the alternative is that they would be discarded” (Lo, Bernard 271).Individuals like this Senator demonstrate that supporters come from alldifferent beliefs and backgrounds and exhibit the complexity of this topic.