Originally posted by KellyJay
To those who actually acknowledge what is inside the woman is a human life yet still believe abortion is good and just.
To those who believe that even an embryo is a human life at one of human life’s earliest stage of development, yet feel it is still a good thing to experiment on it for the greater good, so that it dies a worth while death that may promot ...[text shortened]... said, but this more for those that do acknowledge human life even at its earliest stages.
KJ, you know the common stance around here is that while these embryos are certainly alive and are human (and therefore are human life), it does not convey upon them the right not to be harmed. There has been extensive debate about the existence of "personhood" in such creatures and whether they should have the same protections as, for example, newborn infants. Because much of the debate hinges critically upon this quality, it is not useful to say that supporting abortion or embryonic stem cell research is like supporting human sacrifice. The advocates of the former actions contend that terminating the life of a fetus (or certainly of an embryo!) is not equivalent to terminating the life of a self-aware born human being.
Notice that your argument can be used to equate abortion/embryonic stem cell research with fertility therapy, killing in self-defense, killing in war, and terminating loved ones in permanent vegetative states. In all of these cases you are killing human life. Just because you acknowledge that an organism is alive and belongs to the species homo sapiens sapiens
does not make killing it necessarily unjustifiable.
Edit: Now if you are speaking only to those that believe that embryos are self-aware agents capable of feeling pain and the desire to live, then I agree with you. Such embryos if they exist (and I doubt very much that they do) should not be sacrificed for the greater good.