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

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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
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)150-159
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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