According to your worldview, what value does a human person have? How does your position affect your stance on controversial bioethical issues, such as abortion, designer babies, and stem cell research?
My worldview about life is that it is a gift that is given by God, and every human being has intrinsic value since they are created in the likeness and image of God. I believe in the sanctity of life, which implies the dignity of human life should be upheld as life is sacred and requires respect even in the case of unborn life and patients in a vegetative state (Parfenchyk & Flos, 2017). Human beings are entitled to human rights by virtue of being human. In my view, abortion entails the violation of life as no one is entitled to make any choice concerning the life of another person. I believe abortion is morally wrong and unethical since it entails a violation of human rights and failure to uphold the sanctity of life.
I also find other bioethical issues such as stem cell research and designer babies unethical and morally wrong. Despite the bioethical issues being associated with health improvement, it results in human dignity being eroded and violated. The technologies involve the use of a human embryo. Despite how human embryos may be viewed, they deserve respect due to the aspect of the embryo is human. Nothing justifies their use for scientific or medical purposes. Deriving my view from the philosophy by Kant, no human life should be utilized as a means to an end but only for it to turn out as an end in itself (Parfenchyk & Flos, 2017). Despite the benefits that the scientific interventions may offer, the benefits cannot outweigh the violation of human life and dignity. I view a human embryo is human and entitled to human rights just like any other human being.
- Parfenchyk, V., & Flos, A. (2017). Human Dignity in a Comparative Perspective: Embryo Protection Regimes in Italy and Germany. Law, Innovation and Technology, 9(1), 45-77.