Bioethics

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UK woman who regrets teen gender transition sees court victory overturned on appeal

A woman who says she was too young when a gender clinic prescribed her puberty blockers has lamented that a... Read more

Bishop Kevin Sweeney of Paterson. Photo courtesy DeSales Media Group.

Paterson bishop: Vaccination exemption for clergy 'will be minimal'

Bishop Kevin Sweeney of Paterson wrote to clerics of his diocese Tuesday to ‘strongly encourage’ their vaccination against COVID-19. Non-medical... Read more

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon.

Portland archdiocese asks its schools to follow COVID vaccine mandate, but will consider conscience exemptions

The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon responded Monday to a new state COVID-19 vaccine mandate, noting that Catholic schools in... Read more

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Mexico City archdiocese encourages COVID vaccination

The Archdiocese of Mexico called Sunday on the faithful voluntarily to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but is currently not considering... Read more

Charles Camosy urges Covid vaccination, and upholds conscience rights

A Catholic bioethicist has made the case for everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, while also holding that the Church... Read more

Jennifer Doudna, a co-inventor of CRISPR gene editing, who was appointed a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Aug. 11, 2021. Credit: Christopher Michel via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Inventors of CRISPR gene editing appointed to Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Pope Francis has appointed the co-inventors of the CRISPR genome editing technology to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Read more

South Dakota bishops support conscientious, religious exemptions from Covid vaccine mandates

In response to questions from Catholics about COVID-19 vaccine mandates being imposed by employers or other authorities, the bishops of... Read more

Bishops in Colorado back conscientious exemption for coronavirus vaccines

The Catholic bishops in Colorado have emphasized the need to respect those with conscientious objections to the COVID-19 vaccines and... Read more

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

European court rejects parents’ appeal against removal of 2-year-old’s life-support treatment

The family’s lawyer said the parents were ‘extremely disappointed’ by the decision. Read more

Catholic health care giant Ascension to mandate coronavirus vaccines for employees

The Catholic health care network Ascension will mandate coronavirus vaccination for its employees, physicians, volunteers, and vendors. It cited a... Read more

Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort. Credit: Diocèse de Reims.

Catholic archbishop: With new law, foundation of French bioethics ‘has been erased’

The new law gives single women and lesbian couples access to state-sponsored medically assisted reproduction. Read more

Catholic columnist: ‘Brave new world’ of embryo experimentation could sharpen Communion debate

Recent developments regarding experimentation on human embryos could force a larger conflict between Catholic Democratic politicians and U.S. bishops on... Read more

Human Embryo.

Bioethicists deplore relaxation of 14-day limit on human embryo research

The International Society for Stem Cell Research has dropped the decades-old rule. Read more

‘Utter disregard’ for life: Members of Congress slam new guidance on embryo research

Two members of Congress this week criticized new guidance by a leading scientific organization removing prohibitions on research of human... Read more

Proposed change to brain death laws draws criticism from some doctors, ethicists

A proposed change to U.S. law concerning the determination of brain death has drawn criticism from a group of doctors,... Read more

Calif. bill targets university healthcare links to Catholic hospitals, demands further moral compromise

A bill threatens to ban University of California health systems from partnering with institutions that follow Catholic ethics, prompting concern... Read more

Sign outside National Institute of Health, Department for Health and human Services, Washington DC. Via Shutterstock

Catholic bioethicist laments HHS removal of restrictions on fetal tissue research

A Catholic bioethicist has repeated his objection to the Biden administration’s decision that the National Institutes of Health no longer... Read more

What Catholics should know about brain death 

While the moment of human conception— the beginning of life— is well-understood and observed from a scientific standpoint, the exact... Read more

A human-monkey chimeric blastocyst. Credit: Weizhi Ji/Kunming University of Science and Technology.

Ethicists urge caution after creation of monkey embryos containing human cells

Catholic scientists and ethicists have warned of the potential for a slippery slope in response to reports that scientists had... Read more