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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Ask The NCBC An Ethics Question About Jackson Labs!

After reading AveWatch's refutation of the NCBC Jackson Labs memo, I re-read the NCBC memo, and was struck by how fundamentally flawed it is. The NCBC's entire argument is this:
"[I]t is impossible to cooperate with an evil that is not taking place and which may never take place." "[S]ince human embryonic stem cell research is not being done by Jackson Laboratory, there is no immoral cooperation with evil taking place through the sale of Monaghan's interest in the land to his partner, who in turn may sell it to Jackson Laboratory."

So the premise of the NCBC's entire argument is that JAX does not commit any evil act at its facilities. As AveWatch says, "The problem, however, is that the NCBC's premise is demonstrably false." JAX is involved in immoral acts: contraceptive research, HESC research training, developing and marketing products and services for HESC research.

So I went to the NCBC's website, and they offer free ethical consultation services:
The National Catholic Bioethics Center offers consultation services to individuals free of charge. You may request this service by calling the Center at 215-877-2660 during regular business hours, Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM eastern time. You may also submit your question by using this form. An ethicist will respond to you by email within 72 hours.
Maybe readers can submit some ethical questions to the NCBC and see how they respond. Here are some questions: "Is it immoral for a lab to engage in contraceptive research?" or "Is it immoral for a lab to develop and market mouse cell lines and other products specifically for HESC research?" Or come up with your own!