About / C. Ben Mitchell

C. Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., is a research fellow of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. In 2020, he served as a member of the NIH Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board. Mitchell served as a trustee board member of what was then the Christian Life Commission in the late 1980s, as the ERLC’s Director of Biomedical and Life Issues from 1992-1994, and afterward as Consultant on Biomedical and Life Issues from 1994-2013.

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C. Ben Mitchell

A Bioethicist Looks Toward the Future of Human Dignity

Recovering three pillars of a truly human society

In a scathing criticism of the President’s Council on Bioethics under the Bush administration,...

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Christians and the Contraception Culture

How Dobbs provides an opportunity for reflection

Progressives and proponents of Roe v. Wade have done a lot of handwringing and...

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performing abortions

Why physicians are morally and professionally culpable for performing abortions

Steve Hammond was a 28-year-old OB/GYN resident who started performing abortions to earn some...

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The legacy of Christian caregiving

The image of God, faith-based medical facilities, and the “care of strangers”

My father died Feb, 11, 2022, in the presence of family, but in the...

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The Problem With Personhood Debates

A theological foundation for every human being’s right to life

When Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were handed down by the United...

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Scientists want to remove ethical limitation on human embryo research

The 14-day rule is already a bridge too far

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) will recommend abolishing a longstanding ethical...

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Can robots provide human care?

Machines and the future of caring for senior adults

Mary has been a resident of West Valley Assisted Living Center for three years....

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Helping Christians think through a pregnancy that endangers the mother’s life

Although it is not without controversy, even those who defend the sanctity of every...

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What defines personhood?

The distinct difference of humans

Peter Singer, Princeton’s Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for...

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Who counts as a person?

Today’s question in the abortion debate

I had the dubious distinction of graduating from high school in 1973, the year...

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Does the end justify the means for a new in vitro technology?

The problems with in vitro gametogenesis

The movie “Jurassic Park” contains many memorable lines, but perhaps none as haunting as...

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The problem with choosing our children’s genetics

A recent essay in MIT’s magazine, Technology Review, tells the story of a family...

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