God and the Embryo: Religious Voices on Stem Cells and Cloning

By Brent Waters; Ronald Cole-Turner | Go to book overview

APPENDIX F
Overture 01–50. On Adopting a Resolution
Enunciating Ethical Guidelines for Fetal
Tissue and Stem Cell Research—From the
Presbytery of Baltimore
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA) RESOLUTIONThe Presbytery of Baltimore overtures the 213th General Assembly (2001) to approve the following resolution in accordance the General Assembly Guidelines “Forming Social Policy” paragraph 4:WHEREAS, the following policy statements of previous General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) provide general guidance that may be considered to apply to fetal tissue and stem cell research:
1. “The Covenant of Life and the Caring Community” (1983), which states, “The 195th General Assembly (1983): … Discourages development of human embryos and their use for experimentation except in those cases of clearly demonstrable benefit where no other substitute could accomplish the same end” (Minutes, 1983, Part I, p. 364). The statement goes on to state, “As society looks to the benefits of biotechnology, there must be more serious social and ethical discussion about its application, especially human application. Abuses in eugenics programs in the recent past make the establishment of guidelines for the application of biotechnologies to human beings mandatory. The deepest issues of life and its meaning must not be obscured in the rush to profits and benefits promised by new biotechnologies” (Ibid., p. 365).
2. “Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly” (1992), which included the following response to Commissioners' Resolution 89–33 from the 207th General Assembly (1989): “The [General Assembly] concurs

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