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

May 15, 2020

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

Apr 23, 2020

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

Midrar Ali. Courtesy: "Help baby Midrar Ali.

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

Feb 26, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Feb 7, 2020

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

Jan 3, 2020

By Carl Bunderson

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

Oct 29, 2019

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

Oct 7, 2019

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

Aug 2, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

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

Jun 7, 2019

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

Jun 5, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

May 4, 2019

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

Mar 15, 2019

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?'

Feb 26, 2019

By Carl Bunderson

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

Frozen embryos.

Ethical concerns raised as human embryonic gene editing continues in US

Feb 1, 2019

A scientist at Columbia University in New York is conducting controversial gene-editing experiments on human embryos, according to a recent... Read more

Next step toward artificial reproduction violates human fundamentals, ethicist warns

Sep 25, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Artificial human reproduction appears to be on the horizon with Japanese scientists’ claim to have created immature human eggs from... Read more

Human embryos.

Embryo gene-editing poses inescapable ethical problems, critic says

Jul 18, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Genetic editing of human embryos, even in special circumstances, ignores the complex ethical problems related to creating and destroying human... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the International Federation of Associations of Catholic Physicians at the Vatican, May 28, 2018.

'The Church is for life', Francis tells Catholic physicians

May 28, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Ideologies which do not acknowledge and uphold the dignity of human life must be resisted and the Catholic Church’s teaching... Read more

The fertility doctor who impregnated a patient - and the ethics of procreation

Apr 5, 2018

A woman who discovered that her biological father is the fertility doctor who helped her mother conceive has filed a... Read more

New technology could produce babies from skin cells - and that's a problem

Dec 20, 2017

Within the next 10-20 years, a new and controversial fertility technology called in vitro gametogenesis could make it possible to... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 11, 2017.

End of life care must acknowledge our mortality, Francis reminds physicians

Nov 16, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a message to medical professionals Thursday, Pope Francis said that when it comes to end-of-life care, treatments should always... Read more