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'Animal Rights' vs. Human Rights - Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Sometimes sincere people concerned with protecting innocent human life will express sentiments along these lines: "Animal rights advocates are eager to protect all kinds of animal life, but seem to ignore the most important animal of all, the human animal.  Read more...

'Choice' for Baby Storm isn't so simple - Margaret Somerville

With same-sex marriage, we saw the advent of arguments for “genderless parenting” – the idea that all a child needs is love and it’s irrelevant whether the loving persons are male or female. Now we have “genderless kids”.   Read more...

'Human rights' vs. basic freedoms - Father Raymond J. de Souza

A timely intervention has prevented the cancer from metastasizing, but aggressive treatment is still needed.  Read more...

'Lines that divide' - Charles Colson

A new documentary shows why we need to "stem" the tide of embryo-destructive stem-cell research.  Read more...

'So here it is at last, the distinguished thing' - Barbara Kay

Sex and death are the two great force fields of humankind. It is hubris to assume that they are infinitely malleable without moral transgression.  Read more...

A Father's Lesson: Joy and Dignity Amid Dementia - Colleen Carroll Campbell

Dad's diagnosis came on a bleak January afternoon in 1996 during my last semester of college.   Read more...

A Future Pregnancy Would Be Too Risky… - Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

Various medical conditions can affect a woman’s ability to carry a pregnancy, and at times even threaten her and her child’s life.   Read more...

A setback for embryonic stem cell research - Michael Cook

A milestone case in the European Court of Justice may signal a new direction in campaigns against human embryo research.  Read more...

A win for science — and human dignity - Rev. Raymond J. De Souza

As we move into the retrospective season on 2007, there will be lists aplenty about the major stories of the past year.  Read more...

A “Painless” Death? - Wesley J. Smith

Many who support Terri Schiavo's threatened dehydration assert that removing a feeding tube from a profoundly cognitively disabled person results in a painless and gentle ending. But is this really true? After all, it would be agonizing if you or I were locked in a room for two weeks and deprived of all food and water.  Read more...

Abstract: Submission to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario - Sean Murphy

The Ontario Human Rights Commission made a serious error in 2008 when it attempted to suppress freedom of conscience and religion in the medical profession on the grounds that physicians are "providers of secular public services."  Read more...

AIDS and medical ethics: a great betrayal - Matthew Hanley

The September 5th edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports on the prospect of "pre-exposure prophylaxis" as a means of preventing HIV transmission.  Read more...

AIDS and the Churches: Getting the Story Right - Edward C. Green and Allison Herling Ruark

What the churches are called to do by their theology turns out to be what works best in AIDS prevention.  Read more...

Allow afflicted babies a death with dignity - Debbie Joslin

In 1999 my son was given a prenatal diagnosis of "fetal anomalies incompatible with life". I was offered "choices".  Read more...

An autopsy won't end it - John Leo

Just when it seemed that every liberal commentator on the Terri Schiavo case was starting to sound like Barney Frank, the great Joan Didion published a long and remarkable article on the case in the quite far left New York Review of Books of June 9.  Read more...

At what price, Immortality? - Margaret Somerville

Could you become immortal by downloading your brain onto a computer? Some tech enthusiasts are working on it.  Read more...

Beginning of the End for Embryonic Stem Cell Research? - Michael Fumento

Those who support expanded government embryonic stem cell funding because they believe it will bring medical breakthroughs should be heartened at the fact that there's a far more promising approach likelier to produce more benefits and much sooner.  Read more...

BioSpin — Why Adult Stem Cell Research Successes Get Downplayed by the Media - Wesley J. Smith

"Adult-Stem-Cell Breakthrough!" the headlines should have screamed. "Stunning Discovery Could Mean No Need to Use Embryos in Research." Unfortunately, with the notable exception of a front-page story in the Boston Globe, the mainstream media has significantly downplayed this potentially exciting scientific discovery.  Read more...

Biotech New World - Wesley J. Smith

The theme of Brave New World is not the advancement of science as such," Aldous Huxley wrote in the foreword to a new 1946 edition of his groundbreaking novel, but rather "the advancement of science as it affects human individuals."  Read more...

Bodies in Plastic - Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk

An exhibit called "Body Worlds" is currently touring the United States and generating some animated discussion in its wake.  Read more...

Bodies Without Souls - Dennis Teti

The book’s title, Body Bazaar, is a pun on the strangeness of how elements of the human body — DNA, umbilical cord blood, embryos, bone, tissue — have become products for a burgeoning global biotechno-mart. For doctors harvesting human tissue, the body has become (changing the metaphor) a “gold mine.”  Read more...

Brave New Genetic World - Stacy Mattingly

Even human embryonic stem-cell research, the most morally problematic to date of all the new reproductive technologies, has a huge cadre of advocates who look to stem-cell therapy to cure a wide range of degenerative disabilities. That is where the brave new genetic world we have built on IVF technology starts to look scary.  Read more...

Bringing Christ to the Clinic - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A Catholic physician once related to me a powerful story about one of his patients, who had just received a diagnosis of advanced, metastatic cancer and had a relatively short time left to live.  Read more...

Can Frozen Embryos Be Saved? - Grace MacKinnon

If we believe – and rightly so – that it is wrong to use human embryos for experimental research, then what is it that we believe should be done with these often-unwanted frozen children? What happens to them?   Read more...

Change of heart - Dr. Anthony J. Caruso

In 2010 an eminent Chicago IVF doctor left his practice of creating babies in Petri dishes. This is his story.  Read more...


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