The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
The Swiss Society of Bioethics
Showing that the human embryo is a person and distinguishing between a sick embryo and a pseudo-embryo
Recent techniques make it possible to produce a number of biological entities, which exhibit the same early development pattern as an embryo resulting through fertilization though lack the capability for reaching birth. Would such entities in the case of humans share the same moral status as the human embryo? Or are they only pseudo-embryos, i.e., non-embryonic entities exhibiting only an embryo-like development? These questions are crucial in the ongoing bioethical debate.
The aim of this WEB site is to show that there is a scientific experimental basis as well for distinguishing between a human embryo and a non-embryonic biological artifact, as for determining that the human embryo is a person possessing human rights. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies and The Swiss Society of Bioethics promote the site.
The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies is an international body of professors, researchers and students performing philosophical, ethical and interdisciplinary reflection on the recent advances of science. Especially the Institute aims to establish the observable criteria which allow to determine whether a body is a person or not, and thereby to contribute to a rational foundation of the human rights. The Institute is legally constituted inside the Fondation du Léman in Geneva.
The Swiss Society of Bioethics is an association according to the Swiss Civil Code Art. 60ff. which works especially to promote law in agreement with the principle that the human embryo is a person. We are convinced that the more one opposes this principle, the more the moral threshold for exploiting bodies goes down.
In this WEB site, you will find:
You can contribute to any section of this WEB site by sending us material you consider worth of being published in it. Our aim is to broadcast any new argument or experimental data strengthening the already welll-established evidence of the embryo’s personhood. In this sense we welcome especially anyone submitting smart objections or answers to them.
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