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Keywords:

  • embryonic stem cell research;
  • liberal compromise;
  • moral rights;
  • sanctity of life;
  • utilitarianism

Abstract: Adherents of different moral views hold conflicting views on the permissibility of embryonic stem cell research. Pace Ronald Dworkin, no liberal compromise is possible. Whichever way the decision goes, some people will be deeply hurt and feel that basic moral principles are being flouted. And yet, when a majority exists in defence of such research, it should not hesitate to allow it.