As a case in point, Suadeau offered the term pre-embryo
, which he said was coined in England in the 1990s to justify research on human embryos.
To aver that the pre-embryo
must be protected is absurd and pretentious morality--what I like to call 'hoity-toity morality' - and has less intellectual depth and ethical sway than a child telling one not to step on its imaginary friend's foot.
If the pre-embryos
are thawed and destroyed then we're happy," Bart Adams told the AP.
The fourteen-day limit for pre-embryo
research coincides with the end of the initial stage of development.
We already knew that a cell or two could be taken from the pre-embryo
without harming the developmental process.
Jones & Schrader, supra note 5, at 191 ("[T]he pre-embryo
deserves to be treated as a special bit of humanity.
Courts differentiate between the embryo and pre-embryo
stages of fertilization.
It is presumed that 'cells and zygotes' should be interpreted as a pre-embryo
, as defined above.
Trainor, 'Right of Husband, Wife, or Other Party to Custody of Frozen Embryo, Pre-embryo
, or Pre-zygote in Event of Divorce, Death, or other Circumstances, 87 A.
The Department of Health wants to change the law so a fertilised egg with damaged DNA could be treated at the pre-embryo
stage to avoid potentially deadly disorders such as lung and heart problems.
For more details regarding the delimitation between pre-embryo
and embryo, see A.
The mainstream halakhic position is that a pre-embryo
is not considered a human being.