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Follow the Money: Stem Cells and Subsidies - Jennifer Roback Morse

Last week the scientific world was abuzz with the news that adult stem cells could be used to regenerate tissues and cure diseases.  Read more...

Formula for Producing Super-Babies - Donald DeMarco

"Super-" is our most hallowed prefix, for it announces the marriage of two qualities that the modern world venerates: new and improved. If we can produce superconductors, fly at supersonic speeds, travel along superhighways, and attend Super-bowl games, why should we not direct our resourcefulness to our offspring and turn them into super-babies?  Read more...

Gendercide: when choice becomes an issue - Margaret Somerville

Indignation over sex-selection shows that abortion is not just a private matter.  Read more...

Germany and Italy Have Done It — Shouldn’t We? - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Laws like those in Germany and Italy, while they would not stop every injustice done to embryos, could go a long way towards stemming the tide and assuring that further forms of laboratory barbarism and human exploitation do not become commonplace.  Read more...

Getting It Right 'The Morning After' - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

The "morning-after" pill, also known as "Plan B," is often provided in hospital emergency rooms to women who have been sexually assaulted.  Read more...

Going too far with DNR? - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Sometimes resuscitating a patient can seem unwarranted or extreme, and people wonder whether it would be okay to fill out a "Do Not Resuscitate" order (DNR) for themselves or for a family member.  Read more...

Going too far with DNR? - Father Tad Pacholczyk

Resuscitating a patient who undergoes a cardiac arrest or stops breathing often involves multiple procedures.   Read more...

Half Human, Half Animal? - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

British scientists have recently received a green light from their regulatory agency to create "hybrid embryos."  Read more...

Harsh Medicine: Chapter one from "Culture of Death" - Wesley J. Smith

My mother's doctor is refusing to give her antibiotics," the caller told me in an urgent voice. I asked why. "He says that she's ninety-two and an infection will kill her sooner or later, so it might as well be this infection. As disturbing as this call was, as outrageous the doctor's behavior, I wasn't particularly surprised. I have been receiving such desperate calls with increasing frequency for the last several years.  Read more...

HHS’s birth-control rules intrude on Catholic values - John Garvey

It does not take a college education to see the hypocrisy in offering to pay for the very services we condemn in our theology classes and seek forgiveness for in our sacraments.   Read more...

Holy See's Call for a Ban on All Human Cloning - Holy See Mission

Here is the text of the Holy See's speech delivered Monday at a U.N. session on human cloning. Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, gave the speech.  Read more...

How brave a new world? - Leon R. Kass, M.D.

There is nothing "brave" or beautiful about the biotechnised world we are entering, says one of America's best-known bioethicists.  Read more...

Human Embryo Research After the Genome - William P. Cheshire, Jr.

Recently, the Bush administration planted a flag on ethical high ground by updating the charter of the federal advisory committee that addresses the safety of human research subjects to consider the welfare of human embryos along with that of fetuses, children, and adults. That decision was not, as some critics have charged, the result of inappropriate religious intrusion into policy governing science.  Read more...

Immunity From Evil?: Vaccines Derived from Abortion - Jameson T. Taylor

While most parents are shocked to learn that their children have been injected with vaccines cultured on and containing residual components of aborted fetal tissue, anger turns to anxiety once physicians and school officials point out that the vaccines are necessary for children to attend school. Religious and philosophical exemptions are, however, available.  Read more...

Is Bioethics Ethical? - WESLEY J. SMITH

Bioethicists spend much of their time arguing with one another, beneath—or, more accurately, above—the public radar, in arcane academic journals, books, university symposia, and government-appointed commissions.  Read more...

Is Drug Addiction Really Like 'Any Other Chronic Illness'? - Theodore Dalrymple

Sometimes a single phrase is enough to expose a tissue of lies, and such a phrase was used in a recent editorial in The Lancet titled "The lethal burden of drug overdose."  Read more...

John Paul II on the right to medical practice according to conscience - Pope John Paul II

I warmly welcome your visit on the occasion of the International Congress of Catholic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, at which you are reflecting upon your future in the light of the fundamental right to medical training and practice according to conscience.  Read more...

Leon Kass and the Challenge of Bioethics - William E. May

In my opinion Life, Liberty, and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics by Leon Kass is unquestionably one of the most important books on bioethics ever published.  Read more...

Leon Kass: A national treasure - George Weigel

Leon Kass may be the most morally earnest man I've ever met. His students at the University of Chicago revere him as a teacher who, quite literally, changed their lives.  Read more...

Life is too important to be left to scientists - Ian Hunter

At press conferences today in Washington, London, Paris, Berlin and Tokyo, scientists will announce the completion of the Human Genome project. It is remarkable that, in less than a half century, we have gone from Crick and Watson’s discovery of the structure of DNA to a basic map of our 100,000 human genes.  Read more...

Life's essence, bought and sold - Margaret Somerville

Two stories concerning the donation of gametes – sperm and ova – appeared recently in the media.   Read more...

Making Truthful Choices of Conscience - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

One recurrent theme in bioethical discussions is the idea that each of us possesses a basic awareness of the moral law.   Read more...

Missing the Point - Yuval Levin

Embryo-research advocates finally back ethical alternatives but still insist on ethical violations.   Read more...

New Babies Have Three Parents - David Curtin

A team of infertility specialists at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at St. Barnabas Medical Center said they helped produce 15 children with foreign DNA added to that which the children naturally inherited from their mothers and fathers. The news was met with an outcry from ethicists and from other scientists, who accused the team of playing God and of ignoring potentially disastrous side effects in their haste to dabble in genetic engineering.  Read more...

NFP and the Telos of Sex - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Married Catholics today often struggle to understand the moral difference between using contraceptives to avoid a pregnancy and using natural family planning (NFP).   Read more...


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