Neither Convention nor Constitution—What the Debate on Stem Cell Research Tells Us About the Status of the Common European Ethics

Schmidt, Kurt; Jotterand, Fabrice; Foppa, Carlo
October 2004
Journal of Medicine & Philosophy;Oct2004, Vol. 29 Issue 5, p499
Academic Journal
The article discusses some European ethics about stem cell research. Stem cell research is globally controversial. Debates are raging on this topic from North America to Europe, from Asia Minor to China and Japan. Stem cell research is nationally controversial. Like many other biomedical topics, stem cell research divides society. But the issue it raises of "consumptive embryo research," that is, of whether life may be destroyed for the purposes of research, even divides individual groups: politicians, philosophers, scientists, theologians, patients, and families. Even attempts to define European identity by means of the common root of Christianity have ultimately failed, due to the fact that various governments within Europe could not agree to the inclusion of a reference to the Christian roots of the European continent in a joint Constitution.


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