Those of you who were at the Church Schools' Conference and enjoyed Deborah Stevens session might be interested to complete the survey the InterChurch Bioethics Council is currently running.
Deb writes: The InterChurch Bioethics Council (ICBC) is composed of appointed representatives from Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches for the purpose of addressing crucial ethical issues in NZ relating to bioethics.
Ethics is the study of ascertaining how people make decisions between right and wrong which constitutes an ethical dilemma. Bioethics deals with the ethical issues relating to scientific research and related technologies. It promotes careful deliberation of thought and analysis, and is not about convincing people of a particular viewpoint or idea.
Through this survey, the ICBC, wants to identify the bioethical topics that concern people today.
Some questions we struggle with daily include:
Should legal highs be allowed in NZ? What are the benefits and harms of fluoridation? What about vaccination? Who owns embryos ... can I donate for a fee if it helps a childless couple? Is it all right to withdraw life support to granddad who is dying of cancer? Do modern technologies prolong life or prolong dying? Is informed consent applicable for patients under the mental health act? How can we reconcile faith and science?
The survey can be found here .
Your responses will help the council understand the needs of their constituents regarding bioethics.
The survey will just take a few minutes, is anonymous and confidentiality is assured.
You can read more about the InterChurch Bioethics Council here.