Ethics? What Ethics? Results!

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on August 9, 2012

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC’s New Media Manager

Think Progress carries an interesting article on stem cell research and the 2012 election. In the end, “Why Stem Cells Are 2012′s Sleeper Issue” asserts that “the science [of stem cells] is far too unsettled to make clear determinations about which research [embryonic or non-embryonic] is most likely to yield medical results.” Certainly this is an accurate statement regarding science and medical results.

However, these are not the only considerations. Neither science nor medical results address the ethical questions involved in stem cell research.

I’m not sure why I’m surprised. If the purpose of life is to be happy and feel good — a view termed moral therapeutic deism — then why look beyond results? Does this make me happy? Does this make me feel good? It must be right then.

This is why we made our first documentary film, in 2009, Lines That Divide.

Stem cell research: A potential miracle cure for diseases or a form of biological colonialism? The debate still rages over this controversial science. Supporters argue that it is our moral duty to pursue scientific progress that provides healing hope for humanity. Detractors argue that the ends don’t justify the means in harvesting some human life to save others. This documentary seeks to educate the public on the scientific basics of stem cell research and the moral issues surrounding it as we enter the 21st century.

Lines That Divide is is available in the CBC Store.

Or, in these dog days of summer, consider a CBC movie marathon. All three of our documentaries — Lines That Divide, Eggsploitation, and Anonymous Father’s Day — are available in a combo-pack. Order now and you’ll have them to watch when the Olympics are over

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