Bioethics

AUL works to ensure that state and federal legislation protects the dignity of human life in the midst of the increasingly complex ethical challenges posed by medical research and biotechnologies.

Our priorities include the promotion of adult stem cell research. Every day, new treatments developed from adult stem cells are being used to treat real people suffering from once incurable diseases and serious injury. Others, while not cured, have made such progress that their illness or injury no longer dominates their everyday life, and they once again engage in life in a way they never thought possible.

To date, scientists have been able to help patients suffering from 73 different diseases and injuries—including brain cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, Crohn’s disease, lupus, heart damage, Parkinson’s, sickle-cell anemia, and end-stage bladder disease—using adult stem cells. Conversely, morally problematic embryonic stem-cell research has not helped a single human patient.

Despite these promising advances in adult stem-cell research, many scientists and politicians continue to seek unfettered freedom (and our tax dollars) for immoral uses of biotechnology in the hope of miracle cures. If we do not act with greater urgency, the abuse of nascent human life will become more entrenched and far more difficult to regulate. Powerful ethical and legal limits are needed to preserve and protect the sanctity of all human life.

Our attorneys are also engaged in research on the potential regulation of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), including in vitro fertilization (IVF). With hundreds of thousands of so-called leftover embryos languishing in IVF clinics, it is critical that legislators provide meaningful oversight and regulation of IVF and other reproductive technologies.