Thursday, April 18, 2002

Another favorite insult hurled at those who oppose embryonic research is that we're moral simpletons who lack the capacity for nuance and moral complexity to tell the difference between an adult and a "cluster of cells."

Then, in the next breath, they'll say that the anti-cloners are the truly immoral ones, since we would "kill" all these people with terrible diseases for this principle. Some have gone so far as to call us murderers.

Now, who's being morally simplistic? Are you telling me that you make no moral distinction between actively killing someone and failing to perform research that has the possibility of curing her disease.

Note to the pro-embryonic researchers -- The diseases are killing these people, not pro-life activists. And, as I've mentioned before, we don't "hold the moral status of cells above the moral status of human beings." (scroll down to "Bush on Biotech"). Nobody is arguing that we kill children and adults to cure spontaneous abortions, which we would if we had the strawman moral perspective the pro-researchers assign to us.

It's interesting that many of the bloggers who make this point are the same ones who convincingly and correctly argued that there is a moral distinction between targeting civilians and accidentally killing them while pursuing military objectives. Why could they see this moral distinction, but are blind to the the distinction between killing someone and failing to perform research that has a chance of curing someone with a disease.
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