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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

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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

UK Supreme Court, Parliament Square, London.

Pro-life group: End of mother’s UK legal battle over life support for 5-year-old girl ‘a tragedy’

A pro-life group has described the U.K. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a mother’s appeal over the removal of... Read more

Research on human embryos in an artificial womb? Why recent experiments have ethicists concerned

After scientists successfully grew mouse embryos in an artificial uterus, ethicists are warning against any future extension of the experiments... Read more

Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster.

Catholic bishop laments appeal court ruling on removing life-support from 5-year-old against mother’s wishes

A Catholic bishop has lamented an English appeal court ruling that life-sustaining treatment can be withdrawn from a five-year-old girl... Read more

Photomicrograph of a human blastocyst, at 20x magnification. Scientists have now generated blastocyst-like structures from human cells. Credit: Vladimir Staykov/Shutterstock.

Human embryo, or a model? Resist 'depersonalizing' research, ethicist cautions

New “models” of early human embryos that cannot grow into full human beings provoke ethical questions about whether they are... Read more

Vaccine.

Canada's bishops: Choose Covid vaccines with least connection to abortion, when possible

The Catholic bishops of Canada wrote this week on whether certain COVID-19 vaccines are morally preferable for Catholics, if given... Read more

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Catholic women issue statement opposing use of 'abortion-tainted vaccines'

Eighty-six Catholic women from 25 countries issued a letter Monday opposing what they called “abortion-tainted” COVID-19 vaccines, and arguing Church... Read more

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Catholic scholars: Covid vaccines can be received 'without fear of moral culpability' for abortion

A statement by pro-life, Catholic scholars published Friday says that the four major COVID-19 vaccines are not only acceptable to... Read more

Bioethicists: ruling to withdraw life-sustaining treatment from 5-year-old ‘deeply flawed’

Bioethicists criticized on Thursday an English court ruling that life-sustaining treatment can be withdrawn from a five-year-old girl against her... Read more

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Bishops urge French Catholics to pray and fast as bioethics bill returns to Senate

Bishops in France are asking Catholics to pray and fast for the next four Fridays for a respect for human... Read more

Vaccine.

Dominican priest, microbiologist affirms moral liceity of COVID-19 vaccine

A Dominican priest and biology professor has on social media encouraged people to receive a coronavirus vaccine, emphasizing his trust... Read more

English bishops say AstraZeneca’s vaccine may be received without sin

A coronavirus vaccine developed from cell-lines originating from the cells of an unborn child who was aborted in 1983 can... Read more

The ethics of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine

While the Bishop of Tyler asserted Monday that the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Moderna “is not morally produced”, the... Read more

Normally busy streets in Manhattan are deserted April 10, 2020, after officials imposed a Covid-19 lockdown.

Bishop Paprocki: We must weigh cost of 'extraordinary' shutdowns

In an essay published this month, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois argued that months-long lockdowns in response to... Read more