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missgallagher1
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JohnSmythe
Con (against)

Australia's laws on Embryonic Research are outdated.

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Started: 10/10/2017 Category: Science
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Debating Period
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missgallagher1

Pro

As research is conducted in other countries, they have identified genes in zygotes with could prevent miscarriages from occurring. However, if this research was conducted in Australia, the scientist behind this groundbreaking research would be put in jail for 15 years. Does Australia need to re-think its policies/laws about this research? Does it prevent us from moving forward in this field of research? what about the future of our country? how could this research benefit/harm Australia?

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JohnSmythe

Con

The fact of the matter is, the role of the State is to maintain a monopoly on the use of force, or in otherwords, prevent actors from imposing their wills upon nonconsenting parties.

There is no principle, no dividing line that is empirically justified as establishing "humanity", other than having Homo Sapiens DNA.

Does having an autonomous heartbeat make one human? No, because otherwise killing people on pacemakers would be acceptable.
Does having a fully-functional brain make one human? No, because killing the handicapped would be acceptable.
Does being sapient make one human? Hardly, otherwise people would cease to be sapient as they slept, or fell in comas.
Does the fact that the fetus is a burden on the woman make it acceptable to kill? Hardly, because women aren`t allowed to kill their born children because they are burdens, nor withhold their support from them on this basis.

Repeat this exercise ad infinitum. There is nothing that you could make an objective case for being definitive of humanity in the first place, and even if you could the principle would apply to adults who find themselves in similar circumstances and you would thus be guilty of special pleading.
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Posted by Arganger 9 months ago
Arganger
I'd say 75% chance of forfeit.
Posted by Emilrose 9 months ago
Emilrose
I'd take this debate, but there's like a 99% chance of forfeits from brand new members such as yourself.
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