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[PASSED] Protection of Biomedical Research

Postby Tinfect » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:13 pm

Protection of Biomedical Research

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A resolution to modify universal standards of healthcare.

Category: Health
Area of Effect: Research



Recognizing the vast potential of biomedical research to improve and save the lives of the citizens of Member-States,

Applauding the great strides already made in the field by Member-States,

Seeking to greatly expand these efforts through the expansion and facilitation of International collaboration in the field,

And condemning the placement of unjust and illegitimate restrictions on life-saving biomedical research,

The World Assembly hereby;

Defines Biomedical Research as the fields of research investigating the causes of disease, disease prevention, treatment, and the mitigation or elimination of medical conditions including, but not limited to: Cancer, Paraplegia, and Motor Neuron Diseases,

Expands the mandate of the Biomedical Innovation Organization of the World Health Authority to include:
  1. Coordination of international efforts at biomedical research,
  2. Development of a set of minimum scientific and ethical standards for biomedical research, to be met by Member-States,
  3. Service as an advisory body for biomedical ethics organizations and biomedical ethics regulatory bodies within Member-States,
  4. Maintenance of an internationally-accessible database of ongoing biomedical research within Member-States, excepting information regarding research efforts which are protected by Member-States as a matter of security,

Mandates:
  1. That Member-States place no restrictions on biomedical research beyond those that are necessary to ensure that research efforts meet ethical and scientific standards,
  2. That Member-States rescind any and all biomedical research ethics standards and regulations that do not serve specifically to minimize or eliminate harm to life provably sentient or sapient at the time of research, and,

Clarifies that the above provisions are subject to extant legislation,

And reminds Member-States that any and all determinations of sapience or sentience are subject to extant World Assembly legislation and scientific procedure.


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Postby Tinfect » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:14 pm

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Postby Aclion » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:23 pm

Vague mandates are vague. How will this resolution ensure that qualified personnel cannot refuse to conduct life saving research?

I have to say, I was pretty on the fence about UM's proposal, but given the opposition i'm included to vote for it just out of spite.

anyway I see typo in the second mandate. I believe you mean any and all.
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Postby Tinfect » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:33 pm

Aclion wrote:Vague mandates are vague. How will this resolution ensure that qualified personnel cannot refuse to conduct life saving research?


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Given that, unlike UM's draft, it doesn't give them a universal 'OK' to do so, it shouldn't need to.

Aclion wrote:I have to say, I was pretty on the fence about UM's proposal, but given the opposition i'm included to vote for it just out of spite.


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Postby Aclion » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:51 pm

Tinfect wrote:
Aclion wrote:Vague mandates are vague. How will this resolution ensure that qualified personnel cannot refuse to conduct life saving research?


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Given that, unlike UM's draft, it doesn't give them a universal 'OK' to do so, it shouldn't need to.

It shouldn't need to ensure that lifesaving research is not delayed because researchers don't want to do the research or it shouldn't need to not be vague? Or both?
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Postby Tinfect » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:02 am

Aclion wrote:It shouldn't need to ensure that lifesaving research is not delayed because researchers don't want to do the research or it shouldn't need to not be vague? Or both?


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It should not be necessary to specify that researchers will be expected to do their jobs. Generally the assumption is that whoever is running the operation will deal with people who aren't doing the job they're paid to do.
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Postby Liagolas » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:10 am

Tinfect wrote:
Protection of Biomedical Research

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A resolution to modify universal standards of healthcare.

Category: Health
Area of Effect: Research



Recognizing the vast potential of biomedical research to improve, and save, the lives of the citizens of Member-States,

Applauding the great strides already made in the field by Member-States,

Seeking to greatly expand these efforts through the expansion and facilitation of International collaboration in the field,

And condemning the placement of unjust and illegitimate restrictions on life-saving biomedical research,

The World Assembly hereby;

Defines:
  1. Biomedical Research as: the fields of research investigating the causes of disease, disease prevention, treatment, and the mitigation or elimination of medical conditions including, but not limited to; Cancer, Paraplegia, and Motor Neuron Diseases

Expands the mandate of the Biomedical Innovation Organization of the World Health Authority to include:
  1. Coordination of international efforts at biomedical research,
  2. Development of a set of minimum scientific and ethical standards for biomedical research, to be met by Member-States,
  3. Service as an advisory body for biomedical ethics organizations and biomedical ethics regulatory bodies within Member-States,
  4. Maintenance of an internationally-accessible database of ongoing biomedical research within Member-States, excepting information regarding research efforts which are protected by Member-States as a matter of security,

Mandates:
  1. That Member-States place no restrictions on biomedical research beyond those that are necessary to ensure that research efforts meet ethical and scientific standards,
  2. That Member-States rescind any and all biomedical research ethics standards and regulations that do not serve specifically to minimize or eliminate harm to provably, currently sentient or sapient life,

Reminds Member-States that any and all determinations of sapience or sentience are subject to extant World Assembly legislation and scientific procedure.

The chamber door suddenly swings open as the Mouth of the Dominion bursts in and practically slides into its seat, fanning itself after the run. "Goodness, these debate chambers - *pant* - pop up quickly." Catching its breath, it continues. "First, some comments on the text.

"First, the commas present in the middle of the first perambulatory clause ('Recognizing') are unnecessary, meaning it ought read, 'to improve and save the lives' without any commas.

"Next... it is the confusion of the Dominion as to why there is a semicolon after the 'hereby,'" the Mouth says, just sounding perplexed. "Is that... normal? It is the concession of the Dominion that it my have simply not noticed such before in other resolutions, but it seems... odd. It can fathom no reason why a semicolon would appear in such place in any normal sentence.

"Also, the construction of the 'Defines' clause seems overwrought. Since there is only one item, it would be possible to collapse it into a single clause, sparing the proposal from the colon that presently introduces a list with a length of one.

"Additionally, the semicolon after 'but not limited to' should be a colon, as in this case a list is introduced. Furthermore, it is the observation of the Dominion that given the pattern set in other clauses, this line should conclude with a comma.

"Finally, 'currently sentient or sapient life,' ought to be followed by an '[b'and[/b],' thereby completely the sentence.

"For reference, the Dominion offers its edit of the draft:

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Recognizing the vast potential of biomedical research to improve and save the lives of the citizens of Member-States,

Applauding the great strides already made in the field by Member-States,

Seeking to greatly expand these efforts through the expansion and facilitation of International collaboration in the field,

And condemning the placement of unjust and illegitimate restrictions on life-saving biomedical research,

The World Assembly hereby

Defines Biomedical Research as the fields of research investigating the causes of disease, disease prevention, treatment, and the mitigation or elimination of medical conditions including, but not limited to: Cancer, Paraplegia, and Motor Neuron Diseases,[/list]

Expands the mandate of the Biomedical Innovation Organization of the World Health Authority to include:
[list=1][*]Coordination of international efforts at biomedical research,
[*]Development of a set of minimum scientific and ethical standards for biomedical research, to be met by Member-States,
[*]Service as an advisory body for biomedical ethics organizations and biomedical ethics regulatory bodies within Member-States,
[*]Maintenance of an internationally-accessible database of ongoing biomedical research within Member-States, excepting information regarding research efforts which are protected by Member-States as a matter of security,[/list]

Mandates:
[list=1][*]That Member-States place no restrictions on biomedical research beyond those that are necessary to ensure that research efforts meet ethical and scientific standards,
[*]That Member-States rescind any and all biomedical research ethics standards and regulations that do not serve specifically to minimize or eliminate harm to provably, currently sentient or sapient life, and[/list]

Reminds Member-States that any and all determinations of sapience or sentience are subject to extant World Assembly legislation and scientific procedure.

"Next, it is the thought of the Dominion that..." the Mouth shrugs a bit, seeming almost sheepish. "Well, it shall just out and say it. Does this not seem just a bit... petty? At the very least, it is the concern of the Dominion that it may appear that way to certain member states. The Dominion does not doubt the sincerity of Tinfect's interest in biomedical interest, but the timing and circumstances of other debates, the Dominion must confess, are a bit... serendipitous."
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Postby Kenmoria » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:14 am

"The 'Defines' clause lacks any finishing punctuation. That's all for now."
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Postby Clean Land » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:42 am

That Member-States rescind any and all biomedical research ethics standards and regulations that do not serve specifically to minimize or eliminate harm to provably, currently sentient or sapient life,

"What does that mean, exactly?
Specifically, what does provably, currently sentinent or sapient life mean?"

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Postby Greater vakolicci haven » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:22 am

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"This haven...will be unlikely to support this proposal," he began. "Its mandates are rather over-strict when it concerns the freedom to research. Although this Haven is not a religious nation we are conscious that some religions forbid the experimentation on animals, and such things as stem cel research. Religious nations have a right to forbid such things, and who are we to tell them otherwise?"

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Postby Tinfect » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:43 am

Liagolas wrote:"Next... it is the confusion of the Dominion as to why there is a semicolon after the 'hereby,'" the Mouth says, just sounding perplexed. "Is that... normal? It is the concession of the Dominion that it my have simply not noticed such before in other resolutions, but it seems... odd. It can fathom no reason why a semicolon would appear in such place in any normal sentence."


"It did not seem inappropriate." Says Seretis.

OOC:
Is that not a thing done with Resolutions? I could've sworn...
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Liagolas wrote:"Additionally, the semicolon after 'but not limited to' should be a colon, as in this case a list is introduced. Furthermore, it is the observation of the Dominion that given the pattern set in other clauses, this line should conclude with a comma. "Finally, 'currently sentient or sapient life,' ought to be followed by an '[b'and[/b],' thereby completely the sentence."


"This... is correct. I will see that the draft is revised accordingly."

Liagolas wrote:"Next, it is the thought of the Dominion that..." the Mouth shrugs a bit, seeming almost sheepish. "Well, it shall just out and say it. Does this not seem just a bit... petty? At the very least, it is the concern of the Dominion that it may appear that way to certain member states. The Dominion does not doubt the sincerity of Tinfect's interest in biomedical interest, but the timing and circumstances of other debates, the Dominion must confess, are a bit... serendipitous."


"One would do well to avoid confusing 'pettiness' with prudence, Ambassador. To counter exceedingly poor legislation with a superior alternative is simple strategy."

Clean Land wrote:"What does that mean, exactly?
Specifically, what does provably, currently sentinent or sapient life mean?"


"Simply what it says, Ambassador. Though I will admit the phrasing... leaves something to be desired. I will see that the clause is revised."
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"Full support. Excellent timing. If United Massachusetts indeed desires to improve health research, they should drop their own proposal and back this."
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Postby The New California Republic » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:25 am

OOC: Support. Fully. A well-balanced proposal that seems to do what it was designed to do.
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Postby Uan aa Boa » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:46 am

Does the Ambassador from Tinfect believe that requiring all research to be shared internationally will make governments more or less likely to promote original research within their nation (as opposed to taking advantage of the ability to access research from other more advanced nations)?

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Uan aa Boa wrote:Does the Ambassador from Tinfect believe that requiring all research to be shared internationally will make governments more or less likely to promote original research within their nation (as opposed to taking advantage of the ability to access research from other more advanced nations)?

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Postby Liagolas » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:21 am

Tinfect wrote:"It did not seem inappropriate." Says Seretis.

OOC:
Is that not a thing done with Resolutions? I could've sworn...

"Hm, it may be the mistake of the Dominion," the Mouth says. "The Dominion has seen colons and commas before, just never semicolons, though it acknowledges that such is not all that much of a stretch."

OOC: My bad, for some reason I was thinking no formatting was standard, but looking back at resolutions, I see a lot with colons and commas, so semicolons don't seem unreasonable.

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Postby Tinfect » Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:48 pm

OOC:
A number of suggested grammatical changes have been made. Anyone else? Anything else?
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Postby United Massachusetts » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:52 pm

Yes. As written at present, this would force scientists to participate in embryonic stem cell research, despite their wishes."
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United Massachusetts wrote:Yes. As written at present, this would force scientists to participate in embryonic stem cell research, despite their wishes."

OOC: Which part forces scientists to do that? Please quote the relevant section.
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The New California Republic wrote:
United Massachusetts wrote:Yes. As written at present, this would force scientists to participate in embryonic stem cell research, despite their wishes."

OOC: Which part forces scientists to do that? Please quote the relevant section.

OOC: I mean, I doubt that Tinfect would deny it. Blocking UM's proposal is part of the point behind this.
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Postby Stoskavanya » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:04 pm

The New California Republic wrote:
United Massachusetts wrote:Yes. As written at present, this would force scientists to participate in embryonic stem cell research, despite their wishes."

OOC: Which part forces scientists to do that? Please quote the relevant section.

By not specifically allowing them to walk away I assume?

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The problem with adding an explicit clause to let them walk away is that it would be potentially inconsistent with rest of the nation's policy. So while you may allow a scientist to walk away from embryonic stem cell research, a state can still compel someone to work on something like nuclear weapons. (I think, I didn't actually read the resolutions, but my logic still stands), which makes adding such clause kinda clumsy and dissonant.
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The New California Republic wrote:
United Massachusetts wrote:Yes. As written at present, this would force scientists to participate in embryonic stem cell research, despite their wishes."

OOC: Which part forces scientists to do that? Please quote the relevant section.

OOC: If forces nations to remove ethical restrictions on the practice. Conscientious objection is an ethical restriction.
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Postby United Massachusetts » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:11 pm

States of Glory WA Office wrote:
The New California Republic wrote:OOC: Which part forces scientists to do that? Please quote the relevant section.

OOC: I mean, I doubt that Tinfect would deny it. Blocking UM's proposal is part of the point behind this.

OOC: Unfortunately.
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Postby Tinfect » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:21 pm

United Massachusetts wrote:Yes. As written at present, this would force scientists to participate in embryonic stem cell research, despite their wishes."


"Of course not, Ambassador. As with any other occupation, if research personnel do not wish to do their jobs, they are free to resign from their positions."
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Postby United Massachusetts » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:39 pm

Tinfect wrote:
United Massachusetts wrote:Yes. As written at present, this would force scientists to participate in embryonic stem cell research, despite their wishes."


"Of course not, Ambassador. As with any other occupation, if research personnel do not wish to do their jobs, they are free to resign from their positions."

"At the risk of being jailed for refusing to assist in the government's research."
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Ambassador: Bishop Alexander Pierce

WA Affairs Minister, The East Pacific
Assistant: Father Carl Sullivan

Fmr. President, Right to Life
Queen Yuno wrote:You have a very contradictory rep yourself, [UM].
Sanctaria wrote:We get it. You're pro-life.
Davelands wrote:(UM tries to slip another one by)
Wallenburg wrote:You've got to be the most ignorant person on this Discord.
Davelands wrote:Remember that United Mass is extremely on the religious right side. Look for hidden gotcha's for later. He is playing a long game with proposals...
"Stat crux dum volvitur orbis"
"The Cross is steady while the world is turning"


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