oa South African Journal of Bioethics and Law - Hoity-toity morality and embryos for research : opinion

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1999-7639



Do you, dear reader, care about human pre-embryos - embryos during the first 14 days of development? Do you know that most pre-embryos never implant and are routinely excreted from women's bodies - without the women ever knowing of the pre-embryos' existence? Does anybody care about all these millions and millions of 'exterminated' pre-embryos? Well, apparently some bioethicists do care about pre-embryos - but specifically research pre-embryos in lab dishes. (None of the former, however, have suggested any serious plans to rescue the millions of in vivo pre-embryos that perish after having been excreted.)

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