Why shouldn’t embryonic stem cells be used for research if the embryos are going to die anyway and they could lead to medical breakthroughs that would cure horrible diseases?

Nobody likes seeing others suffer. Research should be done to find cures for diseases, and stem cell research may play an important role in that, but it must be conducted in an ethical manner.

You cannot kill an innocent person to develop a cure for a disease. The unborn are human beings, and their right to life must be respected. Even when a person is going to die anyway, you cannot kill him to do research. He must be allowed to die with dignity and not be treated as an object to be exploited.

It is also cruel to those suffering from diseases to hold out false hope of quick cures by embryonic stem cell research. Even its advocates admit that any cures it might produce are years or decades away, if they are even possible.

It is similarly cruel to focus on stem cells to the point that funding is denied to other forms of research that have more promise of providing cures. Numerous diseases have been cured without embryonic stem cells—in fact, all of the diseases that have been cured.

The truly compassionate approach is to respect the life and dignity of everyone, including both the unborn and those who suffer from disease or injury. Further medical research should and must be done to end human suffering, but it must be done in a humane way that does not treat others as objects, hold out false hope of quick cures, and neglect other, more promising lines of treatment. Stem cell research has a place in the quest to cure diseases but only when it is conducted in a compassionate and ethical manner.