Upholding Human Dignity and the Sanctity of Life
The mission of the Center for Bioethics is to engage the ethical issues arising out of advances in the life sciences and health professions. The Center maintains a Christian perspective on human personalism while promoting interdisciplinary scholarship on the philosophical, theological, and practical ramifications of bioethical research. In addition, the Center seeks to translate these findings for the benefit of the Church, the health professions, and the community at large.
Center staff and fellows represent a variety of disciplines, including medicine, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, psychology, and biblical scholarship. These scholars are engaged in deep ethical analysis to grapple with the pressing questions raised by new scientific and medical technologies. Peer-reviewed research is at the core of this endeavor, with the goal of disseminating the findings to the academic and medical communities.
A second major objective is public engagement and outreach, including public policy forums, testimony before state and national legislators, and publications to inform political leaders of the implications of proposed legislation.
A third but equally critical component of Center activities is to inform the Church and lay public about the complex debates revolving around reproductive ethics, end-of-life matters, stem cell research, abortion, genetic ethics, and many other issues. Center staff and fellows seek to untangle and clarify these matters to help nonspecialists in the vital decisions they must make for themselves and their families.
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