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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Human Sexuality and the Natural Law

The objective of this essay is to articulate the nature and purpose of human sexuality as it can be known by the human person on the basis of spontaneous observation and reflection. It is in those truths of nature and purpose that the specific ethical norms for personal and societal life in the matter of sexuality are rather immediately discovered. The appeal here is not to authority (except insofar as truth by intrinsic evidence commands acceptance) but to common observation and the basic testimony of human history; the meaning and normativity of human sexuality can be known with certainty in this way. Old Testament Judaism and New Testament Christianity have confirmed and deepened this universal understanding. Read

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Artificial Fertilization and the Christian Response

Artificial fertilization or artificial reproduction can be a tempting consideration for the couple who has spent years suffering with the emotional pain of infertility, however, a number of ethical questions arise. In order to understand why participation in artificial reproduction conflicts with the Lord’s moral order, we must understand how artificial reproduction works.

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A Black Woman’s Voice: Abortion Hurts our Community

It is impossible to become energized to fix a problem if you do not know it exists. Many Black Americans do not know that over 1.3 million babies are dying from abortion each year. They do not know that about 34% of those dying are Black babies, meaning some 440,000 Black children die by abortion each year. Many Black Americans perceive abortion as a political fight, something having little to do with their daily lives. They could not be more wrong. We must make our community see abortion as a problem in our homes. Otherwise how can we ask that abortion be put on the agenda of critical problems to fix within the Black community? 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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US Bishops Criticize FDA Proposal to Freely Sell Abortion Drug

The US Food and Drug Administration is holding a public hearing today in suburban Washington DC to determine if the abortifacient “morning after pill” or “emergency contraceptive” should be made available without a prescription, and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCBB) has issued a statement that will be introduced at the hearing today.

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