The ethics of funding embryonic stem cell research: a Catholic viewpoint

Kennedy Inst Ethics J. 1999 Jun;9(2):137-50. doi: 10.1353/ken.1999.0011.


Stem cell research that requires the destruction of human embryos is incompatible with Catholic moral principles, and with any ethic that gives serious weight to the moral status of the human embryo. Moreover, because there are promising and morally acceptable alternative approaches to the repair and regeneration of human tissues, and because treatments that rely on destruction of human embryos would be morally offensive to many patients, embryonic stem cell research may play a far less significant role in medical progress than proponents believe.

MeSH terms

  • Aborted Fetus
  • Beginning of Human Life
  • Catholicism*
  • Complicity*
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Embryo Research*
  • Embryo, Mammalian*
  • Ethics*
  • Federal Government
  • Fetal Tissue Transplantation
  • Fetus
  • Financing, Government*
  • Government
  • Humans
  • Individuality
  • Jurisprudence
  • Life
  • Moral Obligations
  • Morals*
  • Personhood
  • Public Policy*
  • Research Embryo Creation
  • Research*
  • Social Responsibility
  • Social Values
  • Stem Cells*
  • United States
  • Value of Life*