The impact of religion on human embryonic stem cell regulations: comparison between the UK, Germany and the US

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Abstract:
This paper describes the differences in human embryonic stem cell regulations in several Christian countries across the world: Italy, Spain, Germany, the UK and the US. It discusses issues related to Catholic and Protestant countries and how the differences in religious ideologies do not seem to be reflected in stem cell regulations. For example, in the US, Germany and the UK, that have largely Protestant ideologies, the stem cell regulations differ dramatically, with Germany’s being the most stringent globally and the UK’s the most permissive. It concludes by noting that predominantly Protestant Christian countries have different human embryonic stem cell regulations to one another and that this does not seem to be in line with their religious backgrounds.

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