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The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 8, Issue 4, Winter 2008

Charol Abrams
Pages 639-654

Bias and Censorship in the AMWA Journal
Lack of Balance in Reporting on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

In response to reports on embryonic stem cell research in the AMWA Journal, the official publication of the American Medical Writers Association, the author submitted a brief article discussing ethical objections to such research. The Journal editor rejected the article, saying the Journal was not an appropriate place to discuss the ethics of stem cell research. The author challenged this reasoning because the Journal is committed to informing members about relevant ethical issues, ethics were mentioned in one of the original reports, and related ethical concerns were discussed in a previous issue. Further efforts to secure balanced reporting failed. Concerned professionals should be aware of the AMWA bias. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 8.4 (Winter 2008): 639–654.