Atheist Views

1.1 Billion Consider Themselves Atheist or Non-Religious

What Are Athist?

An Atheist is a person who believes there is no god of any sort. Atheist are not an organized group of individuals therefore they don’t have a unified system of ideas about morality or ethics, which makes it very difficult to state what this groups views on stem cells is. All the information posted below is based on what the majority of atheist believe based on information gather from interviews. (Baggini, Julian (2003),” Atheism: A Very Short Introduction”)

Adult Stem Cells

In general most atheist support Adult Stem Cell Research.  When asked if they supported adult stem cell research and why one atheist responded “Well I do just because I have no reason to not support it. It will improve lives all around the world and it doesn’t cross any ethical lines in my opinion.” So generally most individuals support this type of research because it doesn’t harm any type of life form, and it can be used to improve the quality of lives for many people. (Information based on surveys) 

Embryonic Stem Cells

Embryonic Stem Cell Research is a little more divided in opinions among the group. A few individuals I spoke too told me they supported embryonic stem cell research because it will dramatically improve lives and embryos are just being thrown away from IVF clinics all the time. So they felt it would be in the best interest of mankind to use them. Other felt that the destruction of a potential human life was unethical because embryos are living life forms.  There were also a few people who did not directly oppose the idea, but said they wouldn’t support it. (Information based on surveys)

Cord Blood Stem Cells

Most Atheist felt the same way about Cord Blood Stem Cells as they did with Adult Stem Cells. The collection of the stem cells doesn’t harm anyone and they can be used for the common good of the general public so they support it. When it comes to supporting either public or private banking the group once again becomes a little more divided. Some felt that if you can afford a private bank then you should use it. Others felt a private bank was only accessible to the wealthy and that a public bank is a better idea because it accommodates everyone’s needs. (Information based on surveys)