Reproductive Biotechnology and Ethical Decisions: Buddhist vs. Catholic Standpoints
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Biotechnology is a rapidly growing industry in our modern medical world. New methods of assisted reproduction and disease control are at our fingertips. Are we further disrupting the natural order by offering more reproductive benefits and possibilities to ourselves? To make ethical and political decisions regarding the use of such technology, scholars have used religion as a base for determining what is inherently moral. Many manuscripts and statements have been published by commissions from both Buddhist and Catholic communities. The values from these two religions stem from history and beliefs created by entirely different cultures. Although Buddhist traditions differ greatly from Catholic ones, are their any similarities between them regarding bioethics, specifically what can be viewed as natural and moral, and what cannot? In my research I studied Catholic and Buddhist bioethics in order to compare and contrast their standpoints on cloning, stem cell manipulation, and abortion. By doing so I was able to learn how the doctrines and beliefs of each religion are used to either justify or decry these medical practices.