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  • Bioethics topics are a large portion of the challenge of practicing medicine. Should a doctor share his faith? Should abortion be legal? What about end of life decisions... who should make them and under what circumstances? And is stem cell research a good thing or a bad thing? What about embryonic stem cells versus adult stem cells? The bioethic issues that one encounters when practicing medicine is a very long list.
    Definition of Bioethics
    Headlines & Hotlines
    What Rest Ministries Believes
    Educational Items
    The Stem Cell Debate
    Definition of Bioethics Headlines and Hotlines on Bioethics

    What does the term bioethics mean?

    According to Wikipedia, "Bioethics is the philosophical study of the ethical controversies brought about by advances in biology and medicine. Bioethicists are concerned with the ethical questions that arise in the relationships among life sciences, biotechnology, medicine, politics, law, philosophy, and theology."

    What are the 4 principles of bioethics?

    According to Thomas R. McCormick, D Min, Faculty, Medical History at University of Washington School of Medicine and Ethics they are:

    1. the principle of respect for autonomy,
    2. the principle of nonmaleficence,
    3. the principle of beneficence, and
    4. the principle of justice > read details

    We've are hardly a professional voice on the topic, but we've put together a list of bioethic topic resources to help you find some links fast!

    Latest National Bioethical & Health Headlines from Christian Medical Society

    Should doctors share their faith?
    Read this in depth article about the Christian perspective, secular perspective and other opinions!

    An Ethics Hotline is available for CMDA members only, providing colleagues with quick referrals to expert bioethicists on the CMDA Ethics Commission. Call the National Service Center at 423-844-1000 or 888-230-2637 for details.

    An electronic news publication of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, News & Views is emailed each week to over 9,000 people. Each edition features three breaking news stories in bioethics, a short commentary by a CMDA expert and links to more information and resources. With News & Views, you can stay up-to-date with what's happening in public policy, healthcare and medical ethics. You will find some bioethics cases listed here too.

    > View This Week's News & Views


    Bioethics Resources & Organizations
    What Rest Ministries Believes

    The Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health
    They say they are interested in working with clergy, theologians, and other scientists to learn more about the relationship between religion and health, as well as exploring the medical and theological implications of that relationship.

    The Center for Bioethics in the Culture (CBC)
    By working with key influencers and decision makers, CBC seeks to change the bioethical landscape and promote wholly human progress, resulting in a positive and human-affirming cultural conscience in science, medicine and public policy that protects human dignity and defends the most vulnerable to abuse.

    The Disability Ethics Initiative
    The Network on Ethics and Intellectual Disabilities was established to support the efforts of those engaged in, or committed to, health care ethics who are concerned about the position of mentally handicapped persons in society and to enable them to share their interests and concerns in this field with others who have similar interests in ethical dimensions of intellectual disability. Based in Canada.

    Loma Linda University Center for Christian Bioethics
    The Center for Christian Bioethics, which opened its doors in January of 1984, enhances teaching, research, and service in biomedical ethics and related fields at Loma Linda University.

    The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity
    The Center exists to equip thought leaders to engage the issues of bioethics using the tools of rigorous research, conceptual analysis, charitable critique, leading-edge publication, and effective teaching.

    CMDA Ethics & Position Statements is what Rest Ministries refers people to as far as our standards.
    >read more

    Bioethics topics and bioethic issues that you will find are discussed on the CMDA site include:
    • Abortion
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia
    • Cloning
    • Conscience Rights
    • Faith & Health
    • General Healthcare
    • Genetics
    • Human Trafficking
    • Reproductive Technology
    • Sexuality
    • Stem Cell Research

    The Stem Cell Debate

    Because so many of our ministry's concerns are about those with illness or disability, we wanted to share Joni Eareckson Tada's opinion, founder of Joni and Friends. We are an affiliate of her organization and applaud her efforts to inform people about the option of adult stem cell research.

    How did Joni become involved in the stem cell debate?

    "I am intently interested in medical advancements and the potential for cures for various disabilities. We serve thousands of people with disabilities who are living with spina bifida, spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and many other handicapping conditions. These people are very interested in cures.

    As a disability advocate, I know for a fact that successful therapies using adult stem cells are already addressing scores of these conditions, including stroke, some forms of cancer, Parkinson’s, heart disease and more. Why channel the few and precious research dollars available into stem cell research using human embryos when we know there has been no successful medical therapy developed even in animals? Plus, when we dismantle the safeguards around the smallest of human life – embryos – then the rights of other weak and vulnerable human beings are left exposed. It is a smack-in-the-face of God’s creative authority to clone, copy, alter, destroy, or euthanasia life!"

    Why doesn’t Joni support embryonic stem cell research, especially considering her disability?

    "The severity of my disability and the extent to which I am in need of a cure is not the issue. To kill human life in order to harvest its “usable” parts makes life a commodity; and that is an affront to God’s creative authority. No cure is worth that."


    Educational Kits from Christian Medical Society

    Standards4Life - A free web resource that deals with the scientific and biblical issues surrounding tough bioethical issues in simple, easy-to-understand terms. Each "standard" features a summary of the issue, a glossary of terms, how to answer arguments, visual aids, scriptural guidance, links to additional resources and more. Standards4Life is available at the Christian Medical & Dental Associations' website at under Resources and go to Publications.

    Manufacturing Life - Informative. User-friendly. Graphically stimulating. Manufacturing Life is a bioethics resource from CMDA. It provides you with the tools you need to educate your family, friends and colleagues on every aspect of stem cell research, human cloning and genetics. You can adapt this for use in your church Sunday school or small group study, introduce it at a conference or use it simply as part of your personal study.

    Mission Survival Kit - This resource will help not only medical personnel, but will equip anyone wishing to go on a short-term mission trip. The kit includes: a four hour tape series, Getting There and Back Safely, Crucial Cross Cultural Communication, Successful Spiritual Ministry, Maximizing Medical/Dental Outreach; a personal packing checklist; a handout on insect bite and malaria prophylaxis and much more.

    To order, contact Life & Health Resources in CMDA's National Office at 888-231-2637; e-mail or log onto www.cmda@org.


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