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"An Ethical Problem: Human Embryo Preparation for Research Use and Egg Donation"

HOTTA Yoshitaro

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An Ethical Problem: Human Embryo Preparation for Research Use and Egg Donation

HOTTA Yoshitaro
Abstract:
In this paper, I attempt to clarify the limits of the frame of the discussions on "the moral status of the human embryo." Conventional discussions on human embryonic stem cells have taken the axis of debate on "the moral status of the human embryo," but in doing so, they overlook the problem of the burdens that are created on the bodies of women. In particular, in the research on human embryonic stem cells using donated eggs, the burden on the donor women is an essential problem. I will focus on the point that the "residual embryos" are inevitable products of the aim of relieving the burden on the bodies of women and try to point out the importance of the problem of the burden on women in the ethical issues of human embryonic stem cells. In the frame of the discussions on "the moral status of human embryos," the problem of the burden on women is structurally overlooked. We have to allow for the problem of "the burden on women" independently of the problem of the "moral status of the human embryo."


Key Words: moral status of embryo, egg donation, load evasion, just medical practice


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