Ethical Stem Cell Research


Embryonic stem cell tissue research is unethical and unnecessary due to advancements in adult stem cell research! Did you know that the study of adult-stem cells has been successful in developing therapies for a variety of diseases including cancer, diabetes and HIV?

In 2006, Nobel Prize-winning Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka found a way to induce pluripotency and cause adult cells to mimic embryonic stem cells. This advancement is better than embryonic stem cell research because it removes the risk of rejection. Ultimately, however, regardless of whether fetal tissue research is beneficial, the end does not justify the means.  

There is plenty of confusion in society today about cloning and stem cell research. We hope to clarify the terms and leave with a solid understanding of the issue. Read our three principles regarding the use of stem cells for research and then move on to other sections using the subtopic list.

Here are our three principles with regard stem cell research:

  1. The fundamental motivation that has lead society into this debate is the hope for treatments and cures for diseases. LARTL joins other groups in hoping that our scientific progress can lead to both treatment and cures for diseases.
  2. However, LARTL is against the destruction of innocent human life, whether in abortion or for the purpose of research. For this reason, we are against research that entails the destruction of human life, including embryonic stem cell research. Our further discussion will tell us why.
  3. LARTL supports ethical research that utilizes the healing possibilities of stem cells. This includes adult stem cell research, which has shown the ability to treat current diseases, and induced pluripotent stem cell research, which recent studies have confirmed have similar capabilities as embryonic stem cell research, but is completely ethical.

As we have stated, all sides are searching for methods that can develop cures. The catch is how these cures can be found. Click here to download the educational document below.