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Bioethics

Aging and Mortality

January 23, AD 2017 1 Comment
Aging and Mortality

A somewhat recent article in Scientific America caught my eye: this one is about aging, or rather it is about reversing the effects of aging. This particular article describes research conducted at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in which the genes which control aging are tweaked to change older cells into a more embryonic-like […]

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Why Defund Planned Parenthood

January 13, AD 2017 4 Comments
Why Defund Planned Parenthood

With the transition of both houses and the presidency to GOP control, one of the promises that President Trump made seems to be coming to fruition, namely, to defund Planned Parenthood. Let us hope it does because if not it does not bode well for the future of our deal-with-the-devil that we, as pro-life advocates, […]

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Just War and Abortion Mill Shootings

December 1, AD 2015 1 Comment
Just War and Abortion Mill Shootings

The recent shootout which took place near and then inside of a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs is of course a tragedy. It has been fairly widely condemned by pro-life leaders—as it should be. And while there seems to be some discrepancies in the narrative [1], the fact that there have in the past […]

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On Beauty and Planned Parenthood

August 3, AD 2015 6 Comments
On Beauty and Planned Parenthood

One of my favorite authors, Dietrich von Hildebrand, makes an interesting argument about the relationship between beauty and virtue.  Essentially, what he said was that we ought to encourage people to attend to beauty, to seek it out in art, music, literature, poetry, and any other venue where it could be found.  We should expose […]

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The Trouble with Transhumanism

June 23, AD 2015 7 Comments
The Trouble with Transhumanism

Transhumanism is a desperate belief system that grasps at technological straws. But the raw desperation in that grasping has the potential–like all Utopian movements–to unleash violently destructive forces. Caveat emptor.” (Wesley J. Smith). There are a number of pressing issues in the broad realm of bioethics. Abortion may well be the biggest bone of contention […]

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On Evangelium Vitae and Star Wars

June 18, AD 2015 0 Comments
On Evangelium Vitae and Star Wars

What was said about history being philosophy teaching by example can also be said of movies. Movies can illustrate philosophy (and even theology) by showing the consequences of following ideas to their logical conclusions. Due to the extent to which people, consciously or unconsciously, turn to movies as their source of principles to guide their […]

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“Transabled”

June 17, AD 2015 1 Comment
“Transabled”

Commenting on gender reassignment as “treatment” for people with gender identity issues a few years ago, Wesley Smith said : People want to be fulfilled and lead happy lives as “themselves.” Very well. But I also worry that once we accept the premise that we have a fundamental right to be physically remade to comport […]

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First, Do No Harm

June 17, AD 2015 1 Comment
First, Do No Harm

Since the beginning of the practice of medicine, the Hippocratic Oath has been used to ensure that medicine remains oriented toward its true purpose: “First, do no harm.” This oath presupposes that medicine itself is not a boundless good, that it must be kept in check. Often we forget that it is possible for medicine […]

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Remembering Another Time the Media Predicted the Church Would Change: 1968

June 16, AD 2015 6 Comments
Remembering Another Time the Media Predicted the Church Would Change: 1968

Over the last few months, especially with upcoming Synod on the Family this Fall, lots of rumors are swirling about what the Church will or will not say.  Chief among those is a speculation in some circles that the Church must, should, and is bound to adopt a new policy legitimizing communion for divorced and […]

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Becoming Confidently Pro-Life

June 13, AD 2015 0 Comments
Becoming Confidently Pro-Life

Regardless of your stance on abortion, it’s safe to assume you would agree that it is a hot button topic. What’s a person to do when faced with this topic in the workplace? Or at a social event with mixed opinions? The knee-jerk reaction for many Catholics would be to defend the sanctity of life, […]

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Savior Siblings, Designer Babies and Godlike Doctors

June 8, AD 2015 0 Comments
Savior Siblings, Designer Babies and Godlike Doctors

Savior siblings are the topic of Jodi Picoult’s novel “My Sister’s Keeper,” but they are also a reality. Savior siblings are children conceived for the purpose of providing a tissue match for an older sibling who is in need of tissue transplants to treat a life-threatening illness. In England, this practice has been explicitly allowed […]

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Meet Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Famous Ex-Abortionist

January 27, AD 2015 3 Comments
Meet Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Famous Ex-Abortionist

Last week, hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, D.C. to petition Congress and the Supreme Court to do something about the unspeakable atrocity of abortion in this country.  It’s a story that is routinely ignored by the major media outlets, but it’s one that continues to grow, and even NARAL’s leader has admitted it’s got them […]

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To Live and To Love

October 28, AD 2014 0 Comments
To Live and To Love

By now you’ve probably heard of Brittany Maynard. She is a young woman who will be preemptively ending her life on November 1 through physician-assisted suicide. She said she wishes to spare her family and herself the pain and suffering that would lie ahead for them because of her brain cancer. Certainly this is a […]

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Death With Dignity or Assisted Suicide?

October 15, AD 2014 6 Comments
Death With Dignity or Assisted Suicide?

Last week, a viral story started making the rounds about a young woman named Brittany Maynard, a 29 year-old newlywed who was diagnosed with brain cancer in January. After an initial diagnosis of having possibly ten years left to live, her doctors later revised the estimation (in light of the severity of her cancer) to six months. […]

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Crybaby

August 25, AD 2014 4 Comments
Crybaby

Confession time: I’m one of those criers. You know the type. We have a very low crying threshold. Our triggers are many, varied and sometimes trivial: Commercials. Movies. Newspaper columns. Speeches. A particular prayer. And on, on, on. I wasn’t always like this. Oh no. I knew about the criers, because my mom is one. […]

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