The ELCA released "Genetics, Faith and Responsibility," a proposed social statement on genetics, on Feb. 24. It offers a comprehensive ethical framework for addressing human power and medical, agricultural and cultural concerns.
An 18-member task force with expertise in science and ethics developed the proposal after more than five years of study and deliberation throughout the church. The proposed statement takes into account feedback from ELCA members and congregations based on the March 2010 draft.
The proposed document emphasizes that human beings are "innovative stewards" and that the moral imperative "to respect and promote the community of life with justice and wisdom" should guide genetics work in medicine, agriculture and other areas.
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