This is in my Biology exam, so I thought I'd put it up for discussion here. As with all topics that could turn into a debate, please be civil when putting across your opinion and be respectful and mindful of others participating
What are your thoughts on stem cell research on human embryos?
Do you consider an embryo a human being? They are human cells, indeed, but are they also humans with rights?
(Here's a Wiki article on it: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stem_cell_controversy">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stem_cell_controversy</a><!-- m -->)
The following is my opinion:
Personally ... if it leads to medical advances, such as new treatments and cures for illness, I do agree with it, particularly as we've had quite a bit of illness in the family. With in vitro fertilisation, there are thousands of 'unused embryos' each year that will be destroyed regardless; surely we should use them for research to benefit humanity? I definitely do see where the anti-stem-cell argument is coming from - the embryo has the potential to develop into a human child, indeed - but at the end of the day, my opinion is if we develop advances in cures and treatments, I am going to prioritise grown humans over a small bundle of developing cells.
(Well, uh, that's my two pennies. ^^