Coleman critique available

  A Critique of the Systematic Review Of Induced Abortion and Mental Health Released by the Royal College of Psychiatrists   Priscilla K. Coleman, Ph.D. December 13, 2011 The Royal College of Psychiatrist’s recently conducted review of scientific literature published … Read

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The Morality of “GIFT” and “IUI”

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In September 2010 Culture-of-Life.org posted on this website my article, “Clarification of GIFT and IUI: Assisting or Substituting the Conjugal Act?” Dr. José Florez had kindly corrected me for an article in Zenit in which I confused GIFT or Gamete Intrafallopian Tube Transfer with IUI or Homologous Intrauterine Insemination. He informed me that GIFT is seldom used today in the U.S. because IUI is simpler and apparently more effective.

Procedure
I will first describe GIFT/IUI, identify the moral issue, summarize arguments given until 2011 pro and con the moral rightness of these procedures, summarize a somewhat new argument in opposition to them advanced in 2011 by Helen Watt, briefly reflect on the way “the language of the body” relates to their morality, and offer a Conclusion.

 

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Why Would the Leader in Embryonic Stem Cell Research Drop Out?

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WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 30, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a question on bioethics asked by a ZENIT reader and answered by the fellows of the Culture of Life Foundation.

Q: Now that Geron has discontinued its embryonic stem cell research, while at the same time adult stem cell experiments have had a number of successful trials, what does this mean for the stem cell debate? – FJF, Australia.

E. Christian Brugger replies:

Two weeks ago a bombshell exploded on the field of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) medicine. The undisputed leader in clinical research on hESCs, Geron Corporation, announced that it was immediately ending its clinical trials using hESCs and pulling out of the embryonic stem cell business altogether to focus on cancer research.

 

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Birth Control for the Disabled? Caregivers Should Look at Norms for Legitimate Self-Defense

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WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 16, 2011 (Zenit.org ).- Here is a question on bioethics asked by a ZENIT reader and answered by the fellows of the Culture of Life Foundation.

Q: My friend has a 21-year-old daughter who suffers from a developmental disorder that makes her behave significantly younger than she is. I too have a daughter with a similar disorder (she’s 12). Because some people prey on girls who do not understand what is going on or do not have the reasoning skills to stop a situation, my friend put her daughter on "birth control" to protect her. She has, of course, talked to her daughter about what is appropriate touching and what is inappropriate. But she still fears for her daughter’s safety. I know from my experience that my daughter often does inappropriate things unknowingly. I understand this mother’s worry, but I wonder if there are any moral concerns with doing this? — D.U., Wichita, Kansas.

E. Christian Brugger offers the following response:

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Cloning Takes a Giant Step Forward: The Dubious Advance of Modern Science

DENVER, Colorado, OCT. 10, 2011 (Zenit.org ).- The journal Nature announced last Wednesday that scientists had for the first time successfully derived “patient specific” stem cells from a cloned human embryo. The last time such a claim was made was … Read

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The Guatemala Affair: Study Shows Ethics isn’t Always a Concern of “Pure Science”

  WASHINGTON, D.C., OCT. 5, 2011 (Zenit.org ).- Most are familiar with the infamous “Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment” carried out on black sharecroppers in Alabama between 1932-1972. U.S. government health officials withheld effective treatment (penicillin after 1947) for syphilis from 400 … Read

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Legalizing Euthanasia by Omission – And Making It a Doctor’s Order

DENVER, Colorado, AUG. 24, 2011 (Zenit.org ).- A problematic new end-of-life medical form is rapidly gaining ascendency in U.S. healthcare. It is called the “POLST” document. (In my own state of Colorado, it’s called a MOST document.) The acronym stands … Read

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Witnessing to the Sanctity of Human Life: The Example of Jerome Lejeune, M.D.

The August, 2011 issue of Catholic Medical Quarterly, the journal of the Catholic Medical Association of the United Kingdom, begins with an article “Jerome Lejeune: A Doctor for All Seasons.” His example in witnessing to the sanctity of human life … Read

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The Fading “Bright Line” of Consciousness In Life & Death Decisions

Most philosophical arguments against the personhood of embryos, fetuses or comatose patients focus on consciousness as the capacity that corresponds to the possession of moral value.  Conscious human beings, even minimally conscious, are obviously ‘one of us’ — have interests, … Read

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AIDS and Population Control: Increasing Women’s Risk

dmpa.jpegThirty years after the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported the first US case of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), the disease continues to stretch its shroud of death across the world. This, despite the billions of dollars that have been invested in the development of vaccines, spent on anti-retroviral therapies, and strewn about in condom distribution and sexual education schemes.

But there is a strange and disturbing trend now evident in the new cases of HIV/AIDS being reported, and it concerns women of reproductive age.

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