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Stem Cell Research is Moral and should be legal

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angeloivy
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/16/2015 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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angeloivy

Pro

I will be taking the Pro (is moral/should be legal) side of the argument. There are no arguments that cannot be made. I ask Con to refrain from using the comments section as a continuation of their argument if the character limit is reached, and surpassed.

The first round is simply for acceptance. Opening arguments will be made beginning in round two.

I am looking forward to an interesting debate.
CatholicDebater

Con

I accept the debate.
Good luck to you and may the best debater win.
Debate Round No. 1
angeloivy

Pro

angeloivy forfeited this round.
CatholicDebater

Con

Unfortunately Pro has forfeited this round, but instead of leaving it I'll list a couple disadvantages of stem cell research.
First of all because embryonic stem cell research requires the subsequent destruction of the embryos used, it is a form of abortion. Creating embryos for the sole purpose of commercial use, followed by their disposal is morally unacceptable.
Secondly this research may discover new technology and treatments. However, these may not be an effective solution to all ailments or diseases. The severity of long term side effects is also unknown so patients health could quite easily deteriorate over time.
Debate Round No. 2
angeloivy

Pro

Stem cell research (of all kinds) is morally acceptable, as it certainly should be. Stem cell research has opened countless doors in the medical fields.
The nucleus of a stem cell is undifferentiated, meaning its chromatin has not coded for any specific job within an organism. It has not yet committed to a specific cell type, such as muscle, bone, or nerve cells.
Within a zygote, the cells are totipotent. These cells can grow and develop into hundreds of other cell types, it is from these cells the rest of the cells in the body are developed through fission and mitosis. Embryonic stem cells are perhaps the "holy grail" of stem cells. This being said, the embryo is fertilized in a lab, with no uterine host. The egg is acquired from a consenting adult female, who knows what stem cell research entails, and that is what the embryo is used for, developing new lines of stem cells. In the case of the "abortion" argument, if you believe that an embryo, nothing but a clump of cells, with no personality, reason, or will, is a human, then you claim a human is nothing but a clump of cells. If you believe the embryo to be a person, just as you or I, then in preventing an embryo from being terminated, despite the potential for medicine and treatment, then you value the life of one being, (mind the voters, I do not believe the embryo to be a human) over the lives of millions of other beings, suffering from ailments and disorders that have the very real potential to be cured from stem cell research.
Stem cell research has the potential to "offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases including macular degeneration, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis". (http://stemcells.nih.gov...)
However, Con shows her lack of knowledge on the topic in assuming that embryonic stem cells are the only stem cells there are. This is not the case. While embryonic stem cells have the most potential, and are the most versatile, other stem cells, such as umbilical stem cells are used in research. In fact, the male testes contain stem cells which produce sperm through meiosis. Stem cells found in an adult however, are much more limited in their potential to differentiate, as they are often limited to the different cell types of the tissue of their origin.
Because these cells are totipotent/pluripotent, they can be used in many medical research projects. Therapeutic cloning has the potential to cure hundreds of genetic disorders. Using stem cells to clone a specific persons kidney (for example) could eliminate immunosuppressants and anti-rejection drugs, thus revolutionizing organ transplants. That being just one possibility, the amount of people that could be saved and cured through stem cells. Long term effects of stem cell therapy are little to none. If a doctor were to take an adult"s stem cell, and then grow a kidney (using donor stem cells specific to the recipient) the marker proteins of the organ"s cells will be recognized as the body"s own, and should have no side effects specific to the transplant, other than basic surgical side effects.
Cons argument that it may not be effective to all ailments is another important point, as no one thing in medicine will ever be able to treat or cure all disorders, ailments, or diseases. Stem cells however, may be as close as medicine can get to this goal.
CatholicDebater

Con

CatholicDebater forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
angeloivy

Pro

Despite Con forfeiting her round, i will continue to make my argument.

The following is a list of just a very small handful ailments, diseases, and disorders that have the potential to be treated with stem cells.

Parkinsons
Diabetes
Kidney failure
Heart Failure
Vision problems (though this is still uncertain)

And my personal favorites:

Cancer and paralysis.

Imagine, a cancer patient being able to replace lost organs with their own, grown from stem cells. Or being cured in just a fraction of the average time.
Think of a paraplegic, regaining full motor function via stem cells, through growing new nerve cells. The possibilites are near endless.
The amount of lives that could be changed for the better, even saved, are well worth the time taken to perfect such procedures.

Is it reasonable to prevent millions of people from being treated and cured more accurately to their specific needs, simply because those not within the scientific/medical community believe a single celled zygote is a person? If this is the case, then you also believe fertilization clinics are immoral. But we'll leave that for another time.
CatholicDebater

Con

CatholicDebater forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
angeloivy

Pro

Unfortunately, i am under the impression Con is forfeiting the entire debate at this point. i will now however, provide voters with a list of a few sources on stem cell research:

http://stemcells.nih.gov...

http://www.stemcellresearchfacts.org...

http://stemcell.stanford.edu...
CatholicDebater

Con

CatholicDebater forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by angeloivy 1 year ago
angeloivy
That is certainly a form, though the debate is not particularly specific. Embryonic is fair game.
Posted by Varrack 1 year ago
Varrack
What kind of stem cell research? Embryoic?
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