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Ethical and Legal Debates In Irish HealthcareConfronting complexities$
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Mary Donnelly and Claire Murray

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099465

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099465.001.0001

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A moral gap? Examining Ireland’s failure to regulate embryonic stem cell research

A moral gap? Examining Ireland’s failure to regulate embryonic stem cell research

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(p.150) 10 A moral gap? Examining Ireland’s failure to regulate embryonic stem cell research
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Ethical and Legal Debates In Irish Healthcare
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Ciara Staunton

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099465.003.0011

This chapter discusses the legal and ethical issues that arise in regulating embryonic stem cell research in Ireland. It outlines three approaches Irish policy makers may take to the difficult ethical debate: a restrictive approach, a permissive approach or an intermediate approach. The chapter analyses the current status of embryonic stem cell research in Ireland. It argues that although the Irish courts seem to support the intermediate approach, the lack of legislative guidance has left the embryo without legal protection. The chapter advocates a national discussion on the status of the embryo in order to develop a regulatory framework that both protects the embryo and accommodates embryonic stem cell research.

Keywords:   Embryonic stem cell research, Status of the embryo, Regulatory framework

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