Medical Concerns Stem Cell / Cloning

The Conscience Side of Life

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Simply speaking, Christian Life Resources divides its work into two areas – service and conscience. The service area involves the work we do in our care centers, the presentations we give, and…

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The Shape of the Lutheran Ethic – A Look at Life Issues Decision-Making

Rev. Wayne D. Mueller Gone are the days when your pastor’s toughest medical counseling was talking to grandma about entering the nursing home. The advance of technology, the growth of the health care industry and the huge investment of the…

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Stem Cell Research: Is There a Benefit?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Upon fertilization life begins an amazing journey of cell division, differentiation and finally maturation. Between fertilization and differentiation, life is in its embryonic stage. The cells that divide are “generic” in nature…

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God’s Life and Death Principle

Rev. Wayne D. Mueller May a Christian couple consider in vitro fertilization a God-pleasing way to relieve their childlessness? Is it ever ethical to pull the plug on respiratory equipment attached to a lifetime faithful spouse? To what lengths must…

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Eugenics: Never Again

Ward Harkavy A century ago, scientists from the top universities in America began to study people’s pedigrees in the hopes of creating “perfect” children. Instead, they spawned a monster: the pseudoscience of eugenics. We bury memories of those days under…

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What Should I Do?

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources As life and family issues continue to expand, it’s often difficult to sort them out. Even church bodies differ on a particular issue though they claim to have the same Bible….

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Adult Stem Cell Treatments Move Ahead, Embryonic Stem Cells Fall Farther Behind

David A. Prentice, Ph.D. Still confused by the stem cell debate? Don’t feel alone. Medical professionals and the public alike still have many questions about the different types, or sources, of stem cells as well as their potential and actual…

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Basic Terminology on Stem Cell Research

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources As with most professions, medicine uses many unfamiliar or complicated terms. The following is designed to help you understand some of the terminology used in discussions about stem cell research. Most are…

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For It or Against It? – A Look at Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Stem cell research has been called the holy grail of modern medical research. With its “potential” applications in the cure of cancer, healing of spinal cord injuries and reversal of neurological declines,…

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A Primer on Human Cloning

Cloning moved from the arena of movie-scripting to reality in 1997. It was in that year that Nature journal (Nature 385, 810-13, 1997) announced Scottish scientists had cloned a sheep named Dolly. The worldwide scientific, religious, political, ethical, and moral…

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A Primer on Stem Cell Research

  Stem cells are considered foundational building blocks for human beings. There are essentially four kinds of stem cells that scientists consider to hold the potential to ease human suffering: embryonic, induced pluripotent, umbilical cord and adult stem cells. The…

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Q&A on Non-Controversial Stem Cell Research That Does Not Harm Embryos

QUESTION: I’ve heard a lot of news stories about embryonic stem cells and how we don’t need them anymore. Is that really true? How should Christians respond to this news? ANSWER: You are right that many stories have been published…

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Q&A on Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) Cloning

QUESTION: I’ve heard people say they are opposed to human cloning, but they support somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). What is the difference? ANSWER: In simple terms, there is no difference. Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is the process used…

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Q&A on Potential Success of Research Involving Adult Stem Cells and Embryonic Stem Cells

QUESTION: I know there have been recent successes with adult stem cell research but why do you say we should eliminate all embryonic stem cell research just because it hasn’t been as effective? I’m reading articles that say embryonic stem…

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Stem Cell Research – Boundaries, Blessings, and Peace

It is one thing to say embryonic stem cell research is morally unacceptable when we look at it from a purely academic point of view. The head knowledge is all there. We know the Bible passages that declare the sanctity…

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At What Cost? – A Look at Medical Progress and Embryonic Stem Cell Research

I live today because of medical progress. I was born premature in 1956 with a condition called “atrial septal defect.” That means I had a hole in the heart. Not just any hole, mind you. By adulthood, it measured 33…

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Q&A on Human Cloning and Embryonic Stem Cell Research

QUESTION: I’m opposed to human cloning, but I feel that embryonic stem cell research has great potential. Why are so many states trying to legalize both? ANSWER: There is a great deal of confusion on these points. Here are some…

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Q&A on Frozen Embryo Storage

QUESTION: I’ve heard people say there are hundreds of thousands of embryos currently being kept in frozen storage in the United States. I can’t imagine such a large number. What will be done with all those little ones? ANSWER: Most…

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Stem Cell Types

Stem cell research focuses on embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells Embryonic stem cells, which come from the inner cell mass of a human embryo, have the potential to develop into all or nearly all of…

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Running the Wrong Race – A Look at Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources “The pressure to compete, the fear somebody else will make the splash first, creates a frenzied environment in which a blizzard of information is presented and serious questions may not be raised.”…

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New Embryonic Stem Cell Research Method

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources I have been asked to comment on the latest news that scientists are now able to harvest embryonic stem cells without killing the embryo. Specifically, two new procedures are being reported in…

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Human Cloning – Semantic Gymnastics

J.C. Willke, MD, Life Issues Institute President We thought the anti-life people were quite clever in covering up what happens in an abortion by their use of various misleading terms to describe what actually happens. For example, using terms like…

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Dramatic Uses of Adult Stem Cells

J.C. Willke, MD and Bradley Mattes, Life Issues Institute The biotech industry, liberal media and pro-abortion forces have created and maintained substantial public confusion on stem cells. Mostly, what we hear are the two words “stem cells.” Sometimes we hear…

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Embryonic Stem Cells Present Ethical Limits

David A. Kaufmann, Ph.D. The latest political football involving our country’s rapid advances in bioscience and technology is stem cell research. Just what is stem cell research, and what is the Biblical Christian view of it? What is Stem Cell…

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Mary Ann’s Story: A Journey of Faith (An Adult Stem Cell Success Story)

Mrs. Amy Schultz  Editor’s Note: Much debate today about stem cell research should really be divided between (1) embryonic stem cell research and (2) adult or cord blood stem cell research. Christian Life Resources has condemned embryonic stem cell research,…

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Resurrecting Good Science: What’s Wrong With Human Cloning

C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D. C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., is a member of the Center for Bioethics and Culture executive committee, editor of the journal Ethics & Medicine, and teaches bioethics and contemporary culture at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois….

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Stem Cell Research: Saving Life Without Destroying It

Stem Cell Research: Saving Life Without Destroying It Advocates of human embryo destruction say they must destroy life to save it. But one 16-year-old cancer survivor says it’s not true. By Candi Cushman [Pro-Life Infonet Note: Candi Cushman is an…

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The Vaccination Quandary

Almost immediately after birth the subject of vaccinations arises. Today, a multitude of vaccinations are available for a variety of illnesses. Along with those vaccinations come questions of safety, side effects, necessity and the origins of the vaccine. Christian parents…

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A Christian Look at the Fetal Tissue Issue

PERTINENT ISSUES: The morality of organ transplantation. The morality of abortion. Our obligation to care for our bodies. Effectiveness of Fetal Tissue Transplant Work I. The Morality of Organ Transplantation Principle: Truly right deeds and decisions can only be made…

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The Moral Status of the Human Embryo

By Paul R. Boehlke, Ph.D., Wisconsin Lutheran College This paper will examine the moral status of the human embryo especially focusing on the current issue of dismembering them to obtain embryonic stem (ES) cells. ES cells are pluripotent, apparently able…

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Embryonic Stem Cell Research: People’s Arguments and A Christian’s Response

When People Say: “Embryonic stem cell research is necessary to further the work toward a cure for deadly diseases or injuries.” All of us likely fear that one of those “deadly diseases” may strike someone we love or ourselves. We…

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What the Bible Says About Organ Transplants

Bobby A. Howard, RN, BSN, MDiv In this era of rapidly advancing health care technology, on a daily basis Christian nurses are confronted with critical issues that result in questions and doubt concerning the relationship between Christian ethics and modern…

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Interview with the United Network for Organ Sharing

Bob Spieldenner, United Network for Organ Sharing QUESTION: How many people are waiting for an organ transplant in the United States of America? ANSWER: Currently, there are 65,000 people who are waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S. Last…

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Ethics and Fetal Organ Donation

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources [CLR NOTE: Following is a portion of a letter written to someone who directed the above question to Pastor Fleischmann. It is far from an exhaustive review of the topic but may…

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Cloning: Where Will It All End?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources On February 24, 1997, it rocked the scientific community and stimulated the exaggerated imaginations of scifi enthusiasts. Scottish scientists cloned a sheep and named it “Dolly.” Fantasies fostered in fiction and played…

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Why We Need Not Kill to Save Lives

Richard M. Doerflinger, Associate Director for Policy Development at the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, National Conference of Catholic Bishops In December 1998, when researchers announced that they had cultured human embryonic stem cells, scientists and politicians became starry-eyed over the…

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Cloning of Humans

Prof. John F. Brug, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary A reader asks: Cloning of animals (may have) been discovered and done. Men boast humans are next. Through my Bible reading, I do not believe this is possible, but is another lie of…

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What is Immoral About Eugenics?

Arthur L Caplan, Director; Glenn McGee, Assistant Professor; David Magnus, Assistant Professor It is a “given” in discussions of genetic engineering that no sensible person can be in favour of eugenics. The main reason for this presumption is that so…

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Cloning

Rev. James Lamb, National Director, LFL One can hardly send out a newsletter these days, especially in the pro-life arena, without mentioning cloning. Much ink is being spilled since Scottish scientists announced the cloning of Dolly from another sheep, who…

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A Choice or Genetic Child Abuse?

Tom Kisken Before explaining why he advocates human cloning, medical ethicist Gregory Pence asks people to turn off the science-fiction movie running in their minds. Dismiss the fear of breeding a race of Adolf Hitlers. Stockpiling beings who would be…

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The Value of Human Life

Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources It is becoming more difficult to know what to do in life and death situations. Advancements in medicine, challenges in the court, and changing opinions have raised questions about when life…

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