Girls on Steroids! The big news that is not news at all.

Dr. Brind briefly explains exactly what birth control pills and morning after pills are, how they affect the body and what risks they entail. He then asks why there is a campaign to make these substances available without a prescription for contraception and abortion in one case, when the same substances are unlawful for athletes to use under any circumstances. Read

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End-Of-Life: Good Lives, Good Deaths, and Good Governance

A fundamental goal of good governance in a liberal society is the protection of the weak from the actions of the strong. Today, economic and social pressures are leading the strong in the United States to see the physically weak as obstacles to their good. We should note that claims of a right to die through assisted suicide are coming not from the disabled communities but instead from the able-bodied. Good law and good governance fulfills its obligations when it resists these claims to fictional rights and instead protects the inalienable right of all to life. Read

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Position of the Catholic Medical Association on Cloning

In the love between husband and wife, God creates children to be reared and educated by the parents. This is the norm. Any deviation from normalcy could interfere with God’s plans for children at His choice. Any technology, which seeks to create human life outside the normative conjugal act of husband and wife, is immoral precisely because it circumvents God’s plan for generation of the human person. Read

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Cloning Humans vs. Begetting Children

An extreme form of artificial reproduction, cloning differs from artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization insofar as it is achieved without the contribution of two gametic cells; it is, consequently, asexual and agamic in character. Thus even from a biological point of view, cloning is far more radical as a method of artificial reproduction than artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and their permutations and combinations. Read

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New Research May Point to Moral Procedure for Obtaining Pluripotent Stem Cells

Scientists at Harvard have turned ordinary human skin cells into embryonic-like stem cells – known as pluripotent stem cells – using a new reprogramming process. The scientists’ findings are set to be published in the next edition of the journal Science and if the method proves successful it may pave the way for production of pluripotent stem cells without destroying human embryos. Two prominent opponents of embryo-destructive research say that the new procedure is not without problems but both agreed the findings represent a step in the direction of ethical stem cell research. Read

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