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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...

Seeking an Ethical Option to Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Rev. Thomas Berg, L.C.

There might be an ethically acceptable alternative for obtaining embryonic stem cells, says a bioethicist.  Read more...

Sex and Little Pills: Viagra and Birth Control - Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

A prominent politician was recently pressed by reporters to comment on the "unfair situation" of health insurers reimbursing for Viagra but not for birth control.   Read more...

Should I Have a Living Will? - Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Many people believe they can exercise better control over their own destiny by filling out a living will (also called an "advance directive.")  Read more...

Sometimes, life is just really sad - Barbara Kay

The movement to medicate grief is an insult to the human condition.  Read more...

Soulless Clones and Spineless Men - Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

People are intrigued and repulsed by the idea of cloning humans.  Read more...

Stem Cell Ethics and the Things We Refuse to Do… - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In arguing for ethical science, those of us working to safeguard human life would do well to examine our premises carefully, so as to avoid weak or questionable assumptions that could undermine the thrust of our arguments.  Read more...

Stem Cell Miracle? - Charles Krauthammer

It has just been demonstrated that stem cells with enormous potential can be harvested from amniotic fluid. This is a revolutionary finding.   Read more...

Stem Cell Research - Fr. William Saunders

Recently, there has been a lot of controversy over stem cell research. Even the late President Reagan’s son, Ron, gave a speech at the Democratic convention approving stem cell research. John Kerry recently has been giving speeches endorsing stem cell research. What do we, as Catholics, believe about this?  Read more...

Stem cell research? Yes, but not embryonic kind - Lori Janeski

"So, Lori, if someone came up with a cure for diabetes using embryonic stem cells, would you take it?"  Read more...

Stem Cells without Embryos - Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Two years ago, a letter was released on the Ethics and Public Policy website that dealt with making embryonic stem cells without destroying human embryos.  Read more...

Stem Cells Without Moral Corruption - Eric Cohen & Robert P. George

Congress can give research a boost without supporting the misuse of human embryos.  Read more...

Still In The World - Joe Carter

"What if you die overseas and I’m not there," my mom said when I told her I had joined the Marines.   Read more...

Supreme Scientist Superstar - Colleen Carroll Campbell

The Hwang scandal has highlighted the research-at-all-costs mentality that now dominates public discussions of embryonic stem cells.  Read more...

Technological Morality - Wesley J. Smith

The top ten bioethics stories of the decade.  Read more...

The "Hijacking" of Moral Conscience from Pharmacy Practice - Cristina Alarcon

The introduction of discriminatory legislation into North American pharmacy practice that began in the mid-1990s is a sign of the times. I believe it to be a deviation in the moral compass of the pharmacy profession and of the medical professions as a whole.  Read more...

The "Morning After" Pill - Dr. John J. B. Shea, M.D.

On June 20, 2003, the New York State Legislature passed “Emergency Contraception for Rape Victims” legislation. This mandated hospitals to provide survivors of rape with the so-called ‘morning after pill’ and to counsel patients that these pills are contraceptives and do not cause abortion. Similar bills have been introduced in Massachusetts and Illinois.  Read more...

The ABCs of AIDS - a response to "AIDS and the Churches: Getting the Story Right" - Katherine Marshall & Edward C. Green

The First Things article "AIDS and the Churches" underscores a sad reality in the HIV/AIDS community: that communication and dialogue are ferociously difficult no matter what the intent.  Read more...

The Authentic Transformation of “Useless” Human Suffering - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Human beings naturally recoil at the prospect of pain and suffering.  Read more...

The Baby Market - Kevin E. Schmiesing

America’s fertility clinics are now allowing parents to screen embryos according to sex, and more are opting for this practice. Kevin Schmiesing observes that the idea of children as “gift” is under increasing stress as alternative and sometimes conflicting notions of child as right, as burden, or as consumer item compete for dominance.  Read more...

The Basics About Stem Cells - Maureen L. Condic

Regrettably, much of the debate on stem cell research has taken place on emotional grounds, pitting the hope of curing heartrending medical conditions against the deeply held moral convictions of many Americans. Such arguments frequently ignore or mischaracterize the scientific facts.  Read more...

The Betrayal of Hippocrates - Wesley J. Smith

“Unbeknownst to most Americans, a small but influential group of philosophers and health care policy makers are working energetically to transform our nation’s medical practice and health care laws.” So goes the introduction of Wesley Smith’s book, “The Culture of Death — The assault on medical ethics in America.” WorldNetDaily staff writer and talk show host Geoff Metcalf recently interviewed Smith about his book and the growing bioethics movement.  Read more...

The Bioethics Mess - Dianne N. Irving

“Bioethics” — the word sounds like old-fashioned medical ethics applied to new medical technology. It’s the application of traditional philosophical or theological principles to the moral dilemmas created by, say, cloning or experimenting with new AIDS drugs, right? Not really.  Read more...

The Case Against Perfection - Michael J. Sandel

What's wrong with designer children, bionic athletes, and genetic engineering?  Read more...


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