by Steven Ertelt
October 11, 2006
Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — The Catholic Church has long opposed abortion and its Respect Life offices have had educating about abortion and urging women not to have one as their primary mission for years. But with the rise of bioethics issues such as human cloning, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research, that pro-life mission has expanded.
Bioethics issues are particularly troublesome in Florida.
Florida was the home to the fierce national debate over the life and death of Terri Schiavo and her husband ultimate won the right from a local Florida court to kill her via euthanasia by painfully starving and dehydrating her to death over a 13 day period.
Florida is also the home to numerous biotech firms as companies such as the California-based Scripps, Burnham and Torrey Pines institutes destroy the lives of days-old unborn children for their cells for questionable scientific research.
These bioethics issues will join abortion as a focus at the upcoming Florida Respect Life conference which begins Friday at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott. The even is sponsored by the Florida Catholic Conference.
"Life is sacred and precious in the petri dish, the womb and the nursing home," Don Kazimir, director of the Diocese of Palm Beach’s Respect Life office, told the Sun Sentinel newspaper.
The conference is expected to attract 400 people and national pro-life speakers such as Steven White, president of the Catholic Medical Association, and Rev. Tadeus Pacholczyk, director of education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, will be on hand.
Rev. Tom Euteneur, president of Human Life International who was formerly with the Palm Beach diocese, told the Sun Sentinel newspaper that the pro-life movement is better able to handle these emerging pro-life issues than it may have been before.
"We are becoming much more sophisticated in our understanding of the issues," he said.
He also told the newspaper that opposing embryonic stem cell research and euthanasia are important for the pro-life movement as respect for human life diminishes.
"There are so many old and new ways of attacking innocent human beings now," he explained.