John Locke Ethical Dilemmas

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The Lockes began their journey with the thought of having children despite not being able to conceive naturally. They decided to turn to vitro fertilization. Thanks to the new science of being able to freeze embryos they were able to have a daughter and two twin boys. That 's all they needed to be able to start the family that they wanted. Despite this they had to keep paying 600 dollars a year to keep embryos they no longer needed. My stance is that the Lockes made a morally right decision to contribute those embryos to research rather than have them discarded. According to “The Basics of Bioethics” the embryos had no moral standing since they were still not considered humans (Veatch,39). If they were then women who lost babies in miscarriages would be considered murderers. It was not the Lockes fault that they were unable to conceive naturally since nature failed them. In this case the Lockes decided to allow those embryos to be used to help other humans who were in full moral standing.…show more content…
They chose vitro fertilization since it was the only one that actually allowed them to have their own children. This is not morally wrong since it is their own children and the embryos that they made are not capable of feeling yet or being fetuses who were considered as an individual who had full “ neurological interaction with the environment” (Veatch,38). This means that they are able to help out in research and people who are in full moral standing are able to use this for their benefit. It may seem wrong that the Lockes made embryos and decided to discard or allow research to be brought upon them but the truth is that those embryos are still not known as people until about the 8-12 week mark according to the whole brain death definition which is used in most areas as the legal law so the Lockes did not do anything wrong or immoral
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