A Libertarian Perspective on the Stem Cell Debate: Compromising the Uncompromisible
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Vol. 35, pp. 429-448, 2010
20 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 19, 2011
The present paper attempts to forge a compromise between those who maintain that stem cell research is out-and-out murder of young helpless human beings and those who favor this practice. The compromise is predicated upon the libertarian theory of private property rights. Starting out with the premise that not only the fetus but even the fertilized egg is a human being, with all rights thereto, it offers a competition between those who fertilize eggs for research and those who wish to adopt them. If and only if the former win this competition will they be allowed to use these very young human beings for the purposes they have constructed them. This is justified on grounds of avoiding child abuse.
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