Megan Best, BMed (Hons), MAAE, gives an overview of the biological, philosophical, policy, and theological aspects of ethical issues at the beginning-of-life (such as abortion) and those related to infertility and reproduction (such as assisted reproductive technologies, prenatal genetic testing, and surrogacy), and on to issues in research and technology (such as embryonic stem cell research). Dr. Best explores specific topics such as when does human life begin, the moral status of the embryo, personhood, and the implications of bioethics for the church. Dr. Best is the author of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Ethics and the Beginning of Human Life (Matthias Media, 2012). The session was hosted by CBHD as an activity of the Center's church bioethics network on April 11, 2013 on the Deerfield, IL campus of Trinity International University.
Dr. Best's presentation was followed by a response from Stephen Greggo, PsyD, to Dr. Best's book that sought to extend the conversation of ethical issues at the beginning of life and those related to infertility and reproduction into the contexts of church ministry, mental health, and Christian counseling.