Public policy includes the action (or in some cases the inaction) of local, state, and national government as it relates to bioethical issues. Examples include regulations placed on medical facilities or medical professionals, conscience issues for healthcare professionals, restrictions placed on certain medical treatments or procedures, the legality of certain types of research (e.g., cloning, embryonic stem cell research, genetic interventions, animal-human hybrids, etc.), and government health insurance programs. Additional issues covered in this section include theories of public engagement; international governance and regulation; the legal, judicial, and regulatory dimensions of policy setting for medicine, science, and technology development and use; as well as analysis of societal trends regarding public sentiment.
See Related Materials in the Biotechnology Bibliography.
See Related Materials in the End-of-Life Bibliography.
See Related Materials in the Genetic Ethics Bibliography.
See Related Materials in the Healthcare Bibliography.
See Related Materials in the Reproductive Ethics Bibliography.
See Related Materials in the Stem Cell Research Bibliography.
People sometimes remark that churches are not very good at teaching and counseling their members concerning difficult bioethical issues. It is worth pondering why many faithful churches seem to fall short in this important area.