THE KINGDOM OF Saudi Arabia, in a surprising move for a country that is very conservative religiously, has embraced stem cell research. In the proliferation of stem cell research centers around the world, the Saudis have decided to create a stem cell program that will do research into therapeutic cloning.

Religious and Political Backgrounds and Comparisons

The United States in contrast has adopted policies that prohibit government funded stem cell research using human embryos. The social wing of the Republican Party has been able to gain from President George W Bush support for the position that all embryos, even those first gathered as unfertilized eggs and then fertilized in a test tube, are humans. The “Religious Right” in the United States, which is composed of evangelicals, fundamentalists, ...

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