The term “bioethics” incorporates the Greek work for “life” (bio) and it refers to the study and regulation of the moral, legal, social and philosophical aspects of life—especially of human life.
Bioethics also includes the multi-disciplinary (including the contributions of law, literature, theology and social science) but often controversial responses to the ethical practice of healthcare, science and technology as these effect individuals, professions, family relationships, institutions and even nations.
The focus of bioethics can be as global as the question of international healthcare distribution or as particular as the question of the status of a tiny human embryo. In all these areas, the stakes are extremely high.
Bioethics touches upon some of the most urgent issues: human dignity, the preciousness of life and those values and virtues which are essential to the flourishing of people and the planet.