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Using human embryos in research remains a controversial issue, especially in Christian bioethics. Although the official Catholic stance rejects human embryonic stem cell research, Christian thinkers T. Peters, K. Lebacqz and G. Bennett support it. They endorse the 14-day Rule and argue that ex vivo embryos lack moral worth. I examine and challenge the 14-day Rule and location argument (in vivo/ex vivo). I develop a theory of holistic anthropology and intrinsic moral value for human embryos. I conclude that intrinsic moral value is not equal to full moral value, and therefore use of embryos in biomedical research is morally permissible. © 2014 Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.

Original publication

DOI

10.1080/14746700.2014.894729

Type

Journal article

Journal

Theology and Science

Publication Date

03/04/2014

Volume

12

Pages

129 - 141