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Press Release: Salesian Center to Host Forum on Beginning a Life, Monday, March 27
Date: 3/24/2006

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Salesian Center to Host Forum on Beginning a Life, Monday, March 27

The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University will present a panel discussion titled "Procreation or Reproduction: Ethical Issues in Beginning a Life" - at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 27 in the Arena Stage at the Labuda Center at DeSales University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will look at the questions surrounding the biotechnology dialectic between the reproductive choices of parents and the individuality of the child.

Ideas that will be considered include: Is genetic enhancement a science worth pursuing? Do human reproductive technologies harm society by redefining the meaning of family? Are children a right, a gift or a choice? Are there cases were fertility programs should withhold services and are they justified?

"Given the central importance of the family in our society, questions about the parent-child relationship are critical to our future. If the nature of that relationship is nowadays determined by technology, how does that affect our understanding of who we are?" said Father Thomas Dailey, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture. "In terms of human reproduction, today's biotechnology has made possible what used to be impossible. But there are ethical, legal, and personal
ramifications to our technical abilities," he added.

The panel of experts participating in the forum includes: Dr. Halin C. Lee, physician in reproductive endocrinology at St. Luke's Hospital Network; John R. Mondschein, an attorney with Fitzpatrick, Lentz and Bubba and the founding president of the Family Law Section of the Lehigh County Bar Association; and the Rev. Peter J. Leonard, OSFS, Ph.D., associate professor of Molecular Biology at DeSales University and president of the Baranzano Society on Bioethics.

The event is presented by The Baranzano Society, a dialogue group of scholars and professionals who explore the mutual and dynamic interchange between science and religion. The primary focus of the group's work is the investigation of contemporary issues in bioethics, with a view toward promoting critical discernment on the values of human life.

"Bioethics is today's hottest field of inquiry, where individual viewpoints, scientific advances, and religious beliefs all intersect," said Dailey. "What contemporary healthcare can do is becoming ever more advanced. What we should do is another question! Seeking an answer to that question, as it relates to a host of medical issues, is what the Baranzano Society dialogues are all about."

Past forum topics have included stem cell research, performance enhancing drugs, end of life issues, plastic surgery and America's obsession with beauty, and the nursing shortage.

Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture's mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research, dialogue events, and partnership programs. For information about the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, visit the Web site at www.desales.edu/salesian.

Press Release: Salesian Center to Host Forum on Beginning a Life, Monday, March 27 | Posted on: 3/24/2006

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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