According to my worldview, a human person has inherent value and worth that is rooted in their creation in the image of God. This means that every individual has dignity and should be treated with respect, regardless of their age, gender, race, or any other characteristic. As a result, I believe in the sanctity of human life and that it should be protected from conception to natural death.
My position on controversial bioethical issues is heavily influenced by this worldview. For example, I believe that abortion is morally wrong because it involves taking the life of an innocent human being. Additionally, I do not support the creation of designer babies because it involves manipulating the genetic makeup of a human being for non-medical reasons, which I believe is morally questionable. However, I do support stem cell research that uses adult stem cells because it does not involve the destruction of human life.
As Practicing Dignity: An Introduction to Christian Values and Decision Making in Health Care notes, “Christians view life as a sacred gift from God, which imbues every person with inherent worth and dignity” (Burke & Golding, 2020, p. 8). This belief in the sanctity of human life shapes Christian bioethical views on issues such as abortion and stem cell research. Additionally, other sources such as the Bible and Christian tradition provide further guidance on how to approach these issues in a way that is consistent with Christian values.