Benefiting from past wrongdoing, human embryonic stem cell lines, and the fragility of the German legal position

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the logic and morality of the German Stem Cell
    Act of 2002. After a brief description of the law’s scope and intent, its
    ethical dimensions are analysed in terms of symbolic threats, indirect
    consequences, and the encouragement of immorality. The conclusions
    are twofold. For those who want to accept the law, the arguments
    for its rationality and morality can be sound. For others, the
    emphasis on the uniqueness of the German experience, the combination
    of absolute and qualified value judgments, and the lingering
    questions of indirect encouragement of immoral activities will probably
    be too much.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBioethics
    Volume21
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)150-159
    Number of pages10
    ISSN0269-9702
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Fields of Science

    • 520 Other social sciences
    • 611 Philosophy

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