Ethics In The Lab: Family Foundation Releases New Policy Paper

Stem cell research has been at the center of one of the hottest debates in the 21st century where science and ethics have clashed. Additionally, many lab procedures flirt with the bounds of ethics and morality — cloning, genetic engineering, in vitro fertilization, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis to name just a few. Some scientists see new lab procedures as holding the answer to many of medicine's most difficult challenges. They see a future with the ability to clone, cure the most noxious of diseases — perhaps, even, the ability to achieve genetic perfection. But such a utopian vision dismisses the spiritual side of the equation, overriding it with the "absolutes" of science. This vision ignores the moral and ethical questions surrounding medical research:

What are the potential human costs of these so-called "advances in medicine and technology?"

Are some humans "disposable" if their destruction leads to medical advances?

As science moves into uncharted territory, Americans are caught between the hope it provides and the quickly fading morals that guard against sacrificing human life. Responding to these challenges, The Family Foundation has produced, Do No Harm: Ethics in the Laboratory, a new policy paper. In this paper, we address the oft-asked questions of

When does life begin?

Is embryonic stem cell research ethical?

Is in vitro fertilization a choice that respects life?

I encourage you to read Do No Harm as I believe you will find it instructive and enlightening. Click here to read the report in its entirety.

The Family Foundation has worked with pro-life allies for several years to educate the public and legislators on this important topic. We have successfully amended legislation that attempted to funnel your tax dollars into unethical research to ensure that Virginians are not forced to subsidize these questionable programs. There is still work to be done and too many politicians in Richmond are willing to waste our money on unethical and unproductive research. Our hope is that this paper will provide information to citizens, the media and elected officials they may not otherwise know.

To help us continue to produce research that produces policy papers such as Do No Harm and our previous papers, and to help us disseminate it to legislators, policy makers and the media, click here.

Virginia News Stand: March 3, 2009

The first News Stand of March yields a plethora of articles on a number of subjects. One article of personal interest: The Washington Post's piece about bloggers not being able to fill the gap left by the shrinking press corps. Who says?! On a more serious note, the Post also reports on more bad news for the pro-abortion crowd — scientists have created another way to enable adult stem cells to emulate embryonic stem cells. It also reports on the Obama administration revoking the conscience clause for medical personnel of faith. This, most assuredly, is horrible, but expected, news. Lots of reading . . . time to delve into it!

Divisive Issues No Longer McDonnell's First Words: Va. GOP Nominee for Governor Goes Centrist (Washington Post

Deeds, Moran Take Different Routes in Va. Race (Washington Post

General Assembly adjourns; Kaine says stimulus saved 7,100 state jobs (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Va.'s $77B budget spared major cuts, Assembly adjourns (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Lawmakers Approve Revisions to 2-Year Budget (Washington Post

Legislators Split On Budget (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record

Local lawmakers say session was productive (Winchester Star)

Bloggers Can't Fill the Gap Left by Shrinking Press Corps (Washington Post

Goodlatte Endorses Brownlee (Washington Post Voices blog)

Researchers Find Safer Way to Produce Stem Cell Alternative (Washington Post

Health Workers' 'Conscience' Rule Set to Be Voided (Washington Post)