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Posted 3/22/15
If they can obtain them without harming a fetus, such as from a delivery or a placenta, I don't see why not..
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Posted 3/22/15 , edited 3/22/15
Further to the point on hES being "bad" due to their source, some of the hES cells used in research these days are drived from embryos created throung in vitro using donated eggs and sperm. In other words, the egg and sperm cells were donated with signed consent forms to be used in stem cell research. I say some because we do have other sources as mentioned (umbilical cords, placentas).

They are derived from preimplantation embryos. This covers day 1 to 6 of the embyro. This is the same stage at which most in vitro embryos are genetically screened to confirm that no readily apparent birth defects are present in the embryo prior to implanting the the fertilized egg into the woman's body. They reject eggs that fail the screening process and do not transfer them into the uterus.

If you fall under of those extend religious sects that adamantly claim life begins at conception then I guess this is still a terrible thing, but it's not like we're walking around killing off embryos.
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Posted 3/22/15 , edited 3/22/15
I don't think it is unethical to make the best use from human remains such as stem cells. What about organ donors? What sanctity? Once you're dead, you don't know a thing about what will happen to your body, so there's little reason to care too much. If you believe in your immortal soul, that still has no effect on your dead husk that remains.

I also do not believe contraception = full human being with all the rights of a full human being, but that's a discussion for another time.
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