To Live or Not to Live: Our New Found Fear of Living and the Use of Living Wills

In the decades following World War II up until the 1970s a paternalistic model of medical decision-making prevailed: doctors made decisions for patient care, informed patients of what was best for them, and patients complied; a model characterized by what … Read

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Yamanaka and iPSCs: A reply to some skeptical friends in the pro-life community

  In 2006/7 Japanese cell biologist Shinya Yamanaka published important research showing that specialized adult cells such as skin cells could be “reprogrammed” to become pluripotent stem cells.  Yamanaka called the reprogrammed cells “induced pluripotent stem cells” (or iPSCs) and … Read

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CLF’s Christian Brugger in the NCR on A Triumph for Ethical Stem Cell Research

The field of ethically legitimate stem-cell research got a boost on Oct. 8, when the Nobel Assembly in Sweden announced that its coveted prize in physiology or medicine would go to Japanese researcher Shinya Yamanaka. Yamanaka transformed the field of … Read

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Not For Resuscitation Orders: Review of Dr. Tonti-Filippini’s book “Caring for People Who are Sick or Dying”

  Nicholas Tonti-Filippini, a highly respected Australian bioethicist known for his presentation and defense of Catholic teaching, offers a helpful presentation of the meaning of “Not for Resuscitation Orders”(henceforth referred to as NFR) in Vol. 2, Caring for People Who … Read

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Justice and the Problem of Patient Privacy: Federal Sequestration of Patient Records

Advances in science, medicine and information technology (as well as hacking and piracy) have complicated the maintaining of rightful patient privacy.  Sophisticated methods for securing and storing personal information, even down to an individual’s complete genetic blueprint, are fast becoming … Read

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Carrying Out End-of-Life Refusal Orders in a ‘Culture of Refusal’

2 Criteria to Determine Licitness of Rejecting Life Sustaining Treatment WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 4, 2012 (Zenit.org ).- Here is a response to a question on bioethics, answered by the fellows of the Culture of Life Foundation. Q: I am a … Read

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A Longtime Practitioner of IVF Repudiates the “Making” of Babies

ivf.2jpeg.jpegDr. Anthony Caruso practiced IVF for 15 years, and for the final 10 had a thriving practice in Chicago. In 2008 he abandoned this practice and gave superb reasons for doing so. He was interviewed in September 2010 by MercatorNet, an organization that seeks to reframe ethical and policy debates in terms of human dignity, not dollars and cents or political calculation. It is accessible at http://www.mercatornet.com. This blockbuster interview has been totally ignored by the secularist media that dominates our society.

 

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Three Cheers for the CDF: A Long Overdue Admonition

Errors in US Ethicist’s Teaching Pointed Out By E. Christian Brugger WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 6, 2012 (Zenit.org ).- For all the weaknesses with Catholic moral theology in the two centuries before Vatican II, one weakness it did not suffer from … Read

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Virtues in Caring for the Sick and Dying Patient

 

william_e_may.jpgFor years I have been writing articles opposing euthanasia and assisted suicide, grave violations of the inviolable dignity of human bodily persons, whose bodies are integral to their being as human and not spirit persons.

Since January 17, I myself have been a ”dying patient.” I was suffering from pneumonia, extremely low blood pressure, septicemia, and other problems. My doctor told me that I almost died, but thank God our loving Father, in union with his only begotten Son and Holy Spirit, chose to give his child more years of earthly life.

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Whose Conscience? Which Religion? The Enemy Is Partially Us

 

th_birthcontrolpills.gifRuling on Health Care Needs to Be Judged in Light of Truth

WASHINGTON, D.C., JAN. 24, 2012 (Zenit.org ).- There is a lot of anger over the Obama administration’s recently announced decision to require religiously-affiliated employers to cover contraceptive services in their insurance plans, and rightly so. On Friday, the secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, announced that institutions such as Catholic universities and hospitals have one-year to "adapt" their policies to ensure employee coverage for all FDA approved contraceptives, including the abortion drug Ella, no copays, no deductibles.

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