STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

 

THE ARGENTINE ASSOCIATION OF BIOETHICS,

 

understanding that progress results from the search for surpassingness that enlivens Man, and that this search, in order to be fruitful, should have a substance and a sense oriented towards the acknowledgement of Man as an end in himself.

upholding an ethics that regards the person as an end in itself, a centre of value fulfillment, that is contrary to any attempt of manipulation or use, admitting that the bounds to technology can be found in dehumanization, claiming that the person's freedom and dignity are the constitutive principles more inherent to the human being as such.

regarding:

that current technological and scientifical advances have provided. Man with the possibility of intervening in Nature and in himself, running the risk that possibility subdues the dignity and rights os humanity, and of future generations.

considering:

- that knowledge is rapidly improving and thus transforming the world we live in, modifying our

  culture, our customs, and the relationship with other beings of the planet,

- that also, that advance in knowledge requires a growing specialization, reducing reality, increa- 

  singly fragmenting the field of knowledge, thus resulting in a lesser comprehension of the whole

  and the consequences of this process,

- that the last findings in Genetics, Biotechonology, Computer Sciences, Mass Media, etc. bring

  about new situations whose solutions for us and the coming generations are value-laden and re-

  quire study, reflection and analysis from an interdisciplinary view.

- that we increasingly face the posing of true moral dilemmas, that emerge from this present rea-

  lity, cannot be solved within the technical scientifical field that brought them about, and involve

  all planetary life.

proposes

A- to gather professionals, educators, researchers and/or people whose work on Bioethics is well-known,

B- to encourage reflection and open interdisciplinary discussion from a pluralistic and democatric view, with neither political nor religious distinctions in so far as these do not oppose the previous assumption,

by carryng out:

1- regional and national annual meetings to analyze the bioethical issues we are concerned about,

   searching for solutions and submitting projects to the institutions and bodies that can offer a

   bioethical response to community problems

2- the connection with bioetthical reality in Latin America and the rest of the world

3- the organization of a specialized library, and a computerized network that makes permanent

   updating in this field possible by linking our centres with others from the world,

4- the provision of assistance services by advising people or institutions at their request

5- the organization of posgraduate courses of specialization in Bioethics

6- the inclusion of Bioethics in the academic-professional training

7- the promotion of public debate on the bioethical issues posed by technical-scientific advances

   by creating a forum for reflection and discussion

8- the participation in the promotion of life in any of its forms and striving for a better quality of

    life,

9- the participation en regional and national groups of research, study and training in Bioethics.

THE MENBERS OF THIS ASSOCIATION ARE COMMITTED TO WHAT THEY SAY AND WHAT THEY DO, SHARING THE ESSENTIAL COMMITMENT TO DEFEND AND RESPECT HUMAN LIFE AND DIGNITY

 

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