American Journal of Bioethics.

The Scourge: Moral Implications of Natural Embryo Loss

It is often claimed that from the moment of conception embryos have the
same moral status as adult humans. This claim plays a central role in
many arguments against abortion, in vitro
fertilization, and stem cell research. In what follows, I show that
this claim leads directly to an unexpected and unwelcome conclusion:
that natural embryo loss is one of the greatest problems of our time
and that we must do almost everything in our power to prevent it. I
examine the responses available to those who hold that embryos have
full moral status and conclude that they cannot avoid the force of this
argument without giving up this key claim.

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Volume 8, Issue 7
July 2008