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Not Making the Cut - Donald DeMarco

All human beings should "make the cut" simply because they are inviolate, unrepeatable, and irreplaceable human beings. The path to abortion and the road toward cloning is one that consistently and increasingly subordinates the primary good of the human being to some secondary good.  Read more...

Not quite dead?: The case for caution in the definition of "brain death" - Monica Seeley

The Church is very clear on the meaning of death. "Death can mean decomposition, disintegration, a separation," Pope John Paul II said in a 1989 address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. "It occurs when the spiritual principle which ensures the unity of the organism no longer exercises its functions in and upon the organism, whose elements, left to themselves, disintegrate."  Read more...

Of Living Wills and Butterfly Ballots - Nancy Valko

The “living will” was originally invented in 1967 by two groups, the Euthanasia Society of America and Euthanasia Education Council, and was touted as a first step in gaining public acceptance of euthanasia. These groups had been struggling for years to get “mercy-killing” bills (which would allow doctors to give disabled or dying patients lethal overdoses) passed in various state legislatures.  Read more...

Office Hours with Leon Kass - Leon Kass

Dr. Kass recently fielded questions from ISI students about the Great Books, bioethics, patriotism, and much more.  Read more...

Orphaned at conception - Michael Cook

Is it high-tech child abuse to rob children of their biological heritage?  Read more...

Outlawing Conscience: Why We Need a Conscience Clause - Chuck Colson

Heather Williams spent five years working as a pharmacist at a Target store in St. Louis. During that time, Target accommodated Williams’s desire not to take part in dispensing the morning-after pill — the drug that causes the abortion of an embryonic human being. But then Planned Parenthood threatened to boycott the Target chain over Williams’s employment — so Target fired her.  Read more...

Overselling the Synthetic Cell - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In a May, 2010 article entitled "How We Created the First Synthetic Cell," Dr. J. Craig Venter waxes broadly about how his research team succeeded in constructing a bacterial cell out of its component parts.   Read more...

People in vegetative states are entitled to compassion and care - Father Raymond J. de Souza

Can a human person ever become a vegetable? And be treated as such?  Read more...

Peter Singer: Architect of the Culture of Death - Donald DeMarco

The new tradition that Peter Singer welcomes is founded on a "quality-of-life" ethic. It allegedly replaces the outgoing morality that is based on the "sanctity-of-life."   Read more...

Plastic Perfection? The Ethics of Breast Implants - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

In the last 10 years, the number of women undergoing breast augmentations has increased dramatically.  Read more...

Play It Again Organ Donation - Lay Witness

What is the position of the Catholic Church on organ donation for the purpose of transplant? What moral principles are involved? What would motivate one to be an organ donor?  Read more...

Politically Correct Eugenics - Wesley J. Smith

It is a bitter irony that even as we are enlarging our commitment to human equality in many areas, we are turning our backs on it in others.  Read more...

Powerless, or the Hidden Power in our Suffering? - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

In a 1999 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, patients with serious illness were asked to identify what was most important to them during the dying process.   Read more...

Pre-Natal Diagnosis - Fr. Frank Pavone

The push for pre-natal diagnostic tests for pregnant mothers just became stronger.  Read more...

Pregnant Women - ZENIT

Researchers clamor for federal funding to ‘harvest’ stem cells from unborn children.  Read more...

Press Misrepresents Catholic Teaching on End of Life Issues - Culture & Cosmos

The prominence of the Terri Schiavo case has brought unprecedented media attention to the Catholic Church's teaching on end-of-life issues. But media portrayals of Church teaching are often inaccurate and misleading, according to two prominent Catholic ethicists.  Read more...

Press Release on Stem Cell Research - Catholic Medical Association

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Procuring Organs “Over My Dead Body?” - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

While it may cost an arm and a leg to live in the state of New York these days, it may soon cost a liver or kidney to die there.  Read more...

Protection of Conscience Project Submission to the All-Party Oireachtais Co - Protection of Conscience Project

Protection of Conscience Laws (PCL’s) ensure that people cannot be forced to participate in medical procedures to which they object for reasons of conscience.  Read more...

Reducing Risk, Increasing AIDS - Matthew Hanley

The predominant Western approach to preventing the spread of AIDS in Africa has failed.   Read more...

Remembering the Pill - R.J. Snell

The fiftieth anniversary of oral contraceptives is a reminder of all the things the Pill lets us forget.  Read more...

Reproductive Technology - John M. Haas

Infertility is a growing problem in the United States. And in true American fashion, there has been a corresponding growth in a "reproductive technologies industry" to provide a solution. In America we have a tendency to think that we can solve all problems with the right "technology." But children are not engendered by technology or produced by an industry.  Read more...

Reproductive Technology - John M. Haas

Infertility is a growing problem in the United States. And in true American fashion, there has been a corresponding growth in a “reproductive technologies industry” to provide a solution.  Read more...

Safe Injection Sites and Tackling IV Drug Abuse - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

So-called "safe injection sites" are special buildings where drug addicts can go to shoot up illegal drugs without fear of arrest or prosecution.  Read more...

Scientific Breakthroughs - Robert P. George

National Review Online Editor Kathryn Lopez recently asked Robert P. George, a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, to talk a little about the future of stem-cell research and some of the heated rhetoric surrounding the issue.  Read more...


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