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A Catholic healthcare worker objected to contraception. Her Catholic clinic fired her.

A young Portland, Oregon area medical professional this year was fired for objecting to certain medical procedures on the grounds... Read more

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Questions surround possibility of mandatory coronavirus vaccinations

With more than 1,000 deaths a day still being registered in the United States, coronavirus vaccines are being developed, and... Read more

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Coronavirus, vaccines, and Catholic ethics

Production for a new coronavirus vaccine is speeding along, but ethical questions remain about its development, and who should receive it... Read more

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French archbishop criticizes push to pass bioethics law amid pandemic

The archbishop of Paris has criticized the French parliament’s decision to debate a controversial bioethics bill which would increase access to... Read more

Catholic bioethicist warns against gene-editing experiments

In the wake of a gene-editing experiment gone wrong, the president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center said that the Church... Read more

The Italian version of the new Directory for Catechesis, launched at the Vatican, June 25, 2020.

Catholic catechesis directory addresses gender, biological sex, and bioethics

Bioethics, gender identity, and biological sex are new subjects covered in the Vatican’s latest Directory for Catechesis, released Thursday. The... Read more

Archbishop Rino Fisichella presents the new Directory for Catechesis at the Vatican, June 25, 2020.

Vatican releases Catholic directory for catechesis in ‘dynamic continuity’ with Church teaching

The Vatican Thursday published a new directory for catechesis, emphasizing both its continuity with two previous directories and its new... Read more

With dozens of babies stranded in Ukraine, bishops call for an end to surrogacy

At least 100 babies recently born to surrogate mothers are now “stranded” in Ukraine, as coronavirus restrictions prevent them from... Read more

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UK court order requiring contraceptive device for disabled woman is ‘deeply problematic’, says bioethicist

A British judge’s order requiring a contraceptive device be implanted in a woman with learning disabilities against her will is... Read more

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Infant boy removed from ventilator after controversial 'brain stem death' ruling

Despite his parents’ protests that he showed “signs of life,” a four-month old boy who was severely brain damaged was... Read more

Tinslee Lewis.

Texas appeals court hears arguments on treatment for gravely ill child

An appeals court heard arguments Tuesday regarding the medical treatment of a terminally ill child in Fort Worth, and whether... Read more

Tinslee Lewis.

Fort Worth bishop helps family seek care in Catholic hospital for gravely ill Tinslee Lewis

After a Texas judge on Thursday allowed a hospital to stop medical treatment for Tinslee Lewis, a terminally ill child... Read more

Brain death diagnosis for second Michigan teen raises questions

For the second time in a month, a family in Michigan is fighting to keep their teenage son on life... Read more

Protesters take part in a demonstration against a government plan to let single women and lesbians become pregnant with fertility treatments, Oct. 6, 2019 in Paris.

Tens of thousands protest France IVF bill

At least 42,000 people protested in Paris Sunday against a bill that would allow single women and lesbian couples access... Read more

Bioethicist responds to Japan's approval of human-animal hybrid research

The Japanese government is expected to approve funding for a research project, led by stem cell scientist Hiromitsu Nakauchi, to... Read more

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Alabama plans chemical castration for pedophiles seeking parole. Ethicists raise concerns

A Catholic ethicist raised concerns over a bill that would mandate “chemical castration” as a condition of parole for incarcerated... Read more

Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, prays at the Vigil for Life at Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, March 24, 2015.

Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, eminent Italian bioethicist, dies at 90

Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, a bioethicist and president eremitus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, died in his home in Rome... Read more

Frozen embryos.

Scientists join call for moratorium on embryonic gene editing

A group of 62 doctors, scientists, and bioethicists have issued an open letter urging a global moratorium on experiments that... Read more

Human embryos.

Scientists call for global moratorium on genetically modified babies

A group of 18 scientists and bioethicists from seven countries has called for a global moratorium on the practice of... Read more

Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer.

Analysis: What to make of the CDF's hysterectomy 'responsum?'

The National Catholic Bioethics Center issued a commentary this month in response to a December Vatican document on the moral... Read more