Since it was founded in 1947, a central objective of the World Medical Association (WMA) has been to establish and promote the highest possible standards of ethical behaviour and care by physicians. In pursuit of this goal, the WMA has adopted global policy statements on a range of ethical issues related to medical professionalism, patient care, research on human subjects and public health. The WMA Council and its standing committees regularly review and update existing policies and continually develop new policy on emerging ethical issues.
3. Trial and post-trial phase . Cases involving injuries in health care are typically decided by a jury. However, cases involving federal health care facilities (and their employees), such as the Veterans Health Administration, are decided by a judge. 9 A trial in front of a jury will involve the following, in this order: jury selection; opening statements by both parties; plaintiff’s trial testimony; defendant’s trial testimony; closing arguments; jury instructions (argued by legal counsel to the judge, determined by the judge, and designed to guide the jury in decision-making); jury deliberation; and, verdict. Even after a jury verdict, there may be post-trial motions to the judge which could alter the outcome of the case.
John Paul II continues in The Splendor of Truth to address the problems of modern morality or ethical relativism. Western society has been founded on objective sources of moral norms, on a covenant morality in the Ten Commandments of Divine Revelation and on the Natural Law. The Pope quotes the Gospel of Matthew (19:16) when the rich young man approaches Jesus, and asks him, "Teacher, what good must I do to inherit eternal life?" He instructs us to "turn to Christ once again in order to receive from him the answer to their questions about what is good and what is evil." He reminds us of the warning in Genesis 2:16-17 that man is "not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil." He shows us that "with this imagery, Revelation teaches that the power to decide what is good and what is evil does not belong to man, but to God alone."
The Pope confirms that we are to seek the truth with our conscience, and live accordingly. For we truly have freedom from the tyranny of sin and death when we are living God's will. As the Gospel of John puts it,