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Prop. 8: Why Engage the Issue?

A friend suggested to me that Christians could be creating a deeper divide between themselves and those who support same-sex marriage and erecting barriers to show them Christ by appearing to be judgmental and withholding the “respect” of marriage. It’s a fair concern and one worthy of consideration.  I think there are some very good reasons Christians should be engaged on this cultural/legal issue – while always respecting individuals and being conscientious about our manner of conduct and speech.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | August 10, 2010

Successful ESCR Theapy? Maybe. So What?

In addition to the moral issues about embryonic stem cell research, there has also been the significant advantage of other non-controversial stem cell sources that have produced scores of successful therapies, while ESCR has not produced one effective therapy.  It appears there may be one now, though it doesn't change the ethical concerns of harvesting stem cells that kills a living human embryo.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | August 3, 2010

Politics, Medicine, & Morality - Partial-birth Abortion

Clinton White House papers released due to Elana Kagan's judicial nomination hearings reveal that she, not doctors, inserted the critical words in the select panel findings that have been used to justify partial-birth abortion:

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 29, 2010

Valuing Life

World Magazine (the one indispensable magazine I subscribe to) tells the story of five women and their babies, diagnosed with conditions "incompatible with life."  Pressured to abort, these women chose to value their children's lives rather than treat them as disposable property.  Some babies turned out to be misdiagnosed, some received aggressive treatment and live normal lives, other died shortly after birth.  But each one was cherished, loved, valued, and respected for the life i

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 17, 2010

Trot Out the Toddler

Religion & Ethics News Weekly has a story on the new embryonic stem cell lines being developed for research.  Louis Guinin from Harvard Medical School says,It’s a biological fact that those embryos outside of a womb can’t mature beyond about two weeks. Knowing that, we have to take account for moral purposes of the duty of beneficence, the duty to come to the aid of those who suffer if we can do so without unreasonable burden.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | April 6, 2010

Debating Abortion

This L.A. Times story about two professors who engage in debate about abortion each semester is very interesting.  I especially appreciate this except from the debate in which Raymond Dennehy, professor of philosophy, bioethics and epistemology at the University of San Francisco, essentially uses what STR calls the Columbo tactic to shift the burden and clarify an objector's argument so it's easier to see the real issue.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | March 10, 2010

Radio Guest Sunday

Greg will talk Sunday with filmmaker, screenwriter, and author Brian Godawa about watching movies with discernment, evaluating movies from a Christian worldview.  They'll also discuss the worldview issues in "Avatar."

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | February 28, 2010

Abortion: What It Really Means

On last Sunday's radio show, we had several calls on the topic of abortion.  The second to last caller, a woman from Texas, began her call affirming her strong opposition to abortion and value for the unborn baby.  The next word was "but."  But I'm in favor of abortion in cases of rape and incest to "stop the cycle of violence."  Women will be traumatized if they carry the "seed" of the rapist.  And it's too difficult to put the bab

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | February 24, 2010

What Exodus 21:22 Says about Abortion

The latest Solid Ground.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | January 22, 2010

What Bio-ethics Tells Us about Human Value

Wesley J.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | January 8, 2010