Cross-cultural issues in bioethics : the example of human by Heiner Roetz

By Heiner Roetz

Human cloning is a major concentration of present bioethical dialogue. regarding the self-understanding of the human species, it has turn into some of the most debated issues in biomedical ethics, not just at the nationwide, but additionally at the foreign point. This publication brings jointly articles by way of bioethicists from a number of nations who deal with questions of human cloning in the context of other cultural, non secular and neighborhood settings opposed to the heritage of globalizing biotechnology. It explores on a cross-cultural point the issues and possibilities of world bioethics

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8 The first of these is that it may support, or sometimes promote, “eugenic ideas” that we all harbour deep down. , healthy, talented, smart. ). He quoted the words of an American couple who wanted to have a cloned baby. In an interview, the wife said she did not wish to adopt a child whose parent might be a killer, and that her own parents had a strong gene, but if her baby was to be born disabled, she would abort it. Kayukawa detects “eugenic ideas” in her words. ” Kayukawa’s conclusion is that “eugenic ideas” shape our attitudes toward human cloning, or even therapeutic human cloning, and hence, these techniques are problematic in terms of ethics.

Remarkably, „therapeutic cloning“ draws more criticism than „reproductive cloning,“ although the latter is penalised by law. Key Words: Japan, Cloning, Research on human embryos, Bioethics, Acceptance of new biotechnologies, Public opinion, Legislation, Ethical reasoning. Japan is one of the most highly modernised countries in the world. It is an important industrial and economic power and, in fact, the second largest economy on the planet. However, in recent years Japan has undergone a prolonged economic crisis, and the Japanese government is striving hard to find ways that may spark a new wave of economic growth.

Accordingly, there is also no evaluation of arguments. 59 Finally, it sums up its survey of philosophical, ethical, and religious views with the statement: “There are a variety of positions concerning the status of the human embryo in the philosophical and ethical debate. However, in our current review it is necessary to establish a position that will determine the actual way human fertilised embryos will be handled. Therefore, we will first summarise the views in the current laws, administrative guidelines, and regulations of the relevant medical associations,”60 thus displaying a disinterest in discursive moral argumentation and implicitly opting for a legalist-positivist stance.

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