ON MORAL INCOHERENCE AND HIDDEN BATTLES: STEM CELL RESEARCH IN ARGENTINA

Authors


Florencia Luna, CONICET – Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Ugarteche 3050, 4, 87, Buenos Aires 1425, Argentina. Email: florluna@fibertel.com.ar;Arleen Salles, Centro de Investigaciones Filosóficas (CIF), O'Higgins 1547, 2°, B, Buenos Aires 1426. Email: arleensalles@att.net.

ABSTRACT

In this article, the authors focus on Argentina's activity in the developing field of regenerative medicine, specifically stem cell research. They take as a starting point a recent article by Shawn Harmon (published in this journal) who argues that attempts to regulate the practice in Argentina are morally incoherent. The authors try to show first, that there is no such ‘attempt to legislate’ on stem cell research in Argentina and this is due to a number of reasons that they explain. Second, by examining the role played by different values, conflicting legal and moral views, and the influence of various actors, they attempt to show that the legislative silence regarding stem cell research may not necessarily be a manifestation of a legal/moral disconnection but rather a survival strategy for navigating the long and heated battle on the moral status of the embryo and the kind of treatment it deserves.

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