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How not to argue for stem cell research
http://wmbriggs.com/blog/2008/12/13/how-not-to-argue-for-stem-cell-research/ ^ | William Briggs

Posted on 12/13/2008 4:55:01 AM PST by mattstat

I received this press release from the Center for Inquiry (CFI), a group that grew out of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (or CSICOP). I receive these kinds of things daily from groups hoping I will publicize their causes. In this case, I decided to comply.

E-mail: nbupp@centerforinquiry.net

Center for Inquiry Calls Vatican’s Position on Biomedical Technology Deplorable and Scientifically Insupportable

Amherst, New York (December 12, 2008)—In a move designed to firm up faith-based opposition to embryonic stem cell research and other cutting-edge biomedical technologies, the Vatican has released a 32-page document titled “Dignitas Personae” – meaning “the dignity of a person.” The document condemns a host of procedures considered “immoral” by the Catholic Church, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), the freezing of unfertilized eggs, embryonic stem cell research, and the testing of embryos to help identify those with defects. The Center for Inquiry, a think tank headquartered in Amherst, New York that supports research on bioethical questions, deplores the Vatican’s pronouncement. The Vatican’s position has no justification other than religious doctrine, according to the Center for Inquiry, and may have a serious adverse effect on scientific research and the development of medical therapies....

(Excerpt) Read more at wmbriggs.com ...


TOPICS: Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: stemcellresearch

1 posted on 12/13/2008 4:55:01 AM PST by mattstat
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To: mattstat
The Vatican’s position has no justification other than religious doctrine

And I'm firmly of the opinion that this is no argument whatsoever.

2 posted on 12/13/2008 5:12:31 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Nihil utile nisi quod honestum - Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
The Vatican’s position has no justification other than religious doctrine...

If the fundamental value of human life is to be reduced to a "religious doctine", then this statement is quite correct. But, then again, all laws would then have no justification other than religious doctrine.

3 posted on 12/13/2008 6:06:43 AM PST by gridlock (QUESTION AUTHORITY)
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To: mattstat

my blog today is “ Fox builds henhouse,” The biggest proponents of cloning and destructive embryonic stem cell research are members of the task force that wrote the new International Society for Stem Cell Research “Guidelines” for research.
http://www.lifeethics.org/www.lifeethics.org/index.html


4 posted on 12/13/2008 6:40:25 AM PST by hocndoc (http://www.LifeEthics.org (I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.))
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