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Particularly Morally Sensitive Industries

Health Care

  1. Should health care workers refuse to participate in actions that are harmful to innocent life?
  2. Is it morally permissible to be commercially involved with experiments on embryos or fetuses?
  3. Is it morally permissible to be involved with (e.g., invest in) firms that are researching various methods of genetic manipulation to produce traits in children that are considered desirable?
  4. Is it morally permissible to be involved with (e.g., invest in) firms that offer in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination?
  5. Is it morally permissible to be involved with (e.g.. invest in) firms that offer sterilization services?

Pharmaceuticals

  1. May we invest in bio-tech companies if part of their operations include embryonic stem-cell research or other methods of research considered unethical by the Church?
  2. What are the moral responsibilities of pharmaceutical companies and pharmacists?

Media

  1. Should we have any moral concerns about working in the media industry?
  2. What are the responsibilities of those who work in the media?
  3. In news media or advertisements may we present facts in such a way as to favor one view or product over another?
  4. Are there any particular topics that we should be especially sensitive to when working in the media?