Talking Points (Stem Cells)
by Focus on the Family Issue Analysts
Focus on the Family is dedicated to defending the sanctity of human life.
Every human, in every condition from the single cell stage of development to natural death, is made in God's image and possesses inestimable worth.
Stem cell research and cloning methods that destroy human embryos violate the sanctity of human life.
We support and encourage stem cell research that does not involve or require the destruction of human embryos. This means that:
We oppose stem cell research using human embryos.
We support non-embryonic stem cell research.
We oppose the creation, or creation and destruction, of human life through human cloning experiments, whether for destructive embryonic stem cell research or for a live birth.
Embryonic stem cell research destroys young human life. It is never morally or ethically justified to kill one human in order to benefit another.
Scientifically, embryonic stem cell research continues to be plagued with problems.
Embryonic stem cell research has not treated or cured a single human patient. Trials in animals have been so unsuccessful that researchers have yet to come up with a way to successfully use them in human patients.
Adult (non-embryonic) stem cell research does not require the destruction of human lives.
Adult stem cell therapies have treated or cured over 70 diseases and conditions.
Human cloning – known as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) – always involves the creation of a cloned human embryo which will either be destroyed for research or implanted for a live birth.
Human cloning treats human life as a commodity to be created and used, making it a morally unacceptable practice under all circumstances.
New developments in research – particularly in the development of iPS cells – provide an ethical way to gather embryonic-like stem cells.
Thanks to pro-life voices, we're starting to see new ethical research.
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