Old and New Ethics in the Stem Cell Debate


  • Richard M. Doerflinger

    1. Associate Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and an Adjunct Fellow at the National Catholic Bioethics Center.
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The debate about embryonic stem cell research is a conflict not between “religion” and “science,” but between two ethical approaches to the dignity of human beings. The newer, more pragmatic ethic is not necessarily more conducive to rapid medical progress as is often assumed.