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  • Posthumous conception raises ‘host of ethical issues’

    April 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Posthumous conception raises ‘host of ethical issues’

    The legal and moral propriety of conceiving a child with a dead person’s egg or sperm is among the latest fronts being discussed in bioethics. In Ireland, legislation is under consideration that would permit reproductive cells from deceased individuals to be used by their spouses or partners to conceive children posthumously.

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  • Shootings spark gun control discussion among Baptists

    March 1 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Shootings spark gun control discussion among Baptists

    Amid a tragic stream of mass shootings Southern Baptists have offered a range of proposals on gun control. While details of the proposals differ, their advocates agree the ultimate problem behind gun violence is spiritual and that believers should not allow differences on gun policy to divide them.

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  • Cloned monkeys spur warnings against human cloning

    January 26 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Cloned monkeys spur warnings against human cloning

    The first-ever primates cloned through a technique that produced Dolly the sheep have been cited by Christian bioethicists as a potentially valuable development in animal research. But they warned that two monkeys engineered by Chinese researchers must not become a step toward cloning humans.

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  • Longest-frozen-embryo baby ‘from the Lord,’ mother says

    December 21 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Longest-frozen-embryo baby ‘from the Lord,’ mother says

    A 26-year-old mother gives all credit to the Lord after she gave birth to a baby girl from a donated embryo frozen more than 24 years, considered a record in cryopreservation births. “People say it’s science. No, I say it’s purely the Lord,” Tina Gibson told the NBC affiliate WBIR.

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  • U.S. doctors take official stance against euthanasia

    September 27 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    U.S. doctors take official stance against euthanasia

    The American College of Physicians argues medicine’s goal is not to control the manner and timing of death. Amid increasing attempts to legalize euthanasia at the state level, the nation’s second-largest network of physicians officially spoke out against it last week.

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  • Christians more likely to oppose gene editing, Pew finds

    August 14 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christians more likely to oppose gene editing, Pew finds

    Christians are more likely than others to oppose embryonic gene editing to reduce the risk of disease in their babies, according to a Pew Research Center study conducted a year before the latest breakthrough in genetic engineering. Nearly two-thirds of respondents Pew described as “highly religious” would not want gene therapy for their babies.

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  • DNA editing, ethics & biblical truth

    August 4 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    DNA editing, ethics & biblical truth

    Scientists have successfully edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time ever. But a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary bioethicist says the research in question was unethical for its destruction of embryos and raises moral questions about genetic engineering. The embryos were purposefully created and destroyed following the experiment.

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  • Infant’s death cause for grief, work, ethicists say

    August 1 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Infant’s death cause for grief, work, ethicists say

    Charlie Gard’s travail and death call for grief and renewed attempts to protect children and the right of parents to help them. The infant at the center of a debate that gained global attention died after months of legal battles over whether his parents or a hospital should have the authority to determine his treatment.

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  • Infant Charlie Gard dies after parents’ futile pleas

    July 31 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Infant Charlie Gard dies after parents’ futile pleas

    Charlie Gard – the infant at the center of a battle over parental authority that gained international attention – has died, his parents announced July 28. “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie,” his mother, Connie Yates, said in a statement, according to the British Broadcasting Corp. News.

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  • Fresh evidence of fetal tissue research

    July 28 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Fresh evidence of fetal tissue research

    Lawyers with the Thomas More Society plan to take the University of Minnesota to court again after discovering new evidence its researchers are still illegally experimenting with aborted fetal remains. The legal group will file a motion for relief against a judge’s April decision dismissing a previous lawsuit against the university.

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  • U.K. baby sparks end-of-life discussion

    July 10 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.K. baby sparks end-of-life discussion

    The heart-wrenching case of a British infant with a genetic disease has triggered an international discussion about who should make end-of-life decisions for children. London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital announced July 7 it would reconsider its decision to turn off life support for 11-month-old Charlie Gard.

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  • Capitol Hill panel discusses religious liberty ruling

    July 3 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Capitol Hill panel discusses religious liberty ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in a religious freedom case is not about government funding of the church’s mission, but it will have far-reaching results, a Capitol Hill audience was told. Panelists explained the impact of an opinion by the high court and how Christians should respond to the debate over church-state relations.

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  • ERLC helps lead call for justice reform

    June 23 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC helps lead call for justice reform

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity has joined with Prison Fellowship and other organizations in an appeal to Christians to work for a “fair and redemptive” justice system in the world’s leading incarcerating country. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission partnered with the country’s largest outreach to prisoners …

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  • 9Marks panels discuss church, SBC

    June 23 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press & Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    9Marks panels discuss church, SBC

    Mark Dever warned pastors that Satan “is going to continue to put increasing pressure on our churches to fall out with each other over different answers to debatable questions.” Dever distinguished such essentials as the deity of Christ and the inerrancy of Scripture from “debatable” issues.

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  • What is ‘alt-right’ movement? ERLC provides answers

    June 20 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    What is ‘alt-right’ movement? ERLC provides answers

    The alt-right social and political movement is in the spotlight after the Southern Baptist Convention condemned alternative-right white supremacy at its 2017 annual meeting in Phoenix. What is the alt-right movement? Many Southern Baptists aren’t familiar with the term, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore said June 14.

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