Consent to the use of aborted fetuses in stem cell research and therapies

Pfeffer, N.; Kent, J.
December 2006
Clinical Ethics;2006, Vol. 1 Issue 4, p216
Academic Journal
This paper identifies the legal and policy framework relating to the use of aborted fetuses in stem cell research and therapies and contrasts this with the collection of embryos for research. It suggests that more attention should be given to questions about the kind of consent sought by researchers from women and that there should be more transparency about how aborted fetuses are used. It reports on variability in current practices of research ethics committees and researchers and uncertainty about the guidance available to them. It argues that there is a need for wide public discussion about the policy issues relating to fetal tissue use in stem cell research and the need for clarification of the law in this area.


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