I’m having some trouble understanding why a pro-life position automatically presupposes one (according to church teaching) to being against embryonic stem cell research (in of itself).
Is it equally wrong to harvest the organs of an organ donor who was murdered? Is utilizing such a victim’s organs in any way indicative of supporting the act that caused the demise in the first place?
Likewise, does making the best of a very evil situation (abortion) by at least utilizing what will be tossed away anyway mean one is condoning abortion?
In an ideal world there would be ZERO abortions. And if the law of the land coincided with the natural law, then obviously my entire question here would be completely moot (as then there would be no way of harvesting one more embryo without at the same time advocating one more abortion). But the tragic truth is currently the law allows for abortion and thousands upon thousands are being performed yearly in the US.
As an aside: What about harvesting embryos from barely pregnant women who die (for whatever reason)? In such a situation could a Christian morally do so (seeing as the means by which one would have acquired the embryo(s) would not have been via an abortion)?