Bioethics

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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

Catholic health care growth a benefit, not a threat, ethicist says

Sep 19, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

A research paper that depicts the growth of Catholic health care as a threat to reproductive health ignores the attraction... Read more

Child cancer patient.

A bioethicist's take on child cancer treatment that uses gene therapy

Sep 7, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

A new genetic modification therapy designed for treating pediatric leukemia is a promising development, said a Catholic bioethicist.  Read more

Embryos.

First human embryos edited in the USA. Here's why it's problematic.

Aug 2, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Researchers in Oregon have announced that they have successfully altered genes in a human embryo for the first time in... Read more

Why head transplants won't disprove the existence of God

May 23, 2017

By Perry West

With plans for the first human head transplant surgery looming in the next year, a lead doctor on the formidable... Read more

Catholic hospital sued for denying sex reassignment surgery

Apr 27, 2017

A lawsuit has been filed against a Catholic hospital in California for refusing an elective hysterectomy to a female who... Read more

CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing complex from Streptococcus pyogenes.

Catholics shouldn't totally reject human gene editing – but it still has ethical problems

Apr 11, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Recent American guidelines for human gene modification have raised important ethical questions, especially with regard to modifying the genes of... Read more

Bionic eye (CC0 1.0).

Can we delete death? Transhumanism's lofty goal meets a Catholic response

Mar 9, 2017

By Adelaide Mena, Mary Farrow

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie – being able to “upload” our minds to computers to live... Read more

Why is gendercide wrong and screening for Down syndrome okay, advocates ask

Mar 4, 2017

Is it ok to abort a baby who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome? What about if you find out... Read more

Vatican unveils updated healthcare charter as new ethical questions arise

Feb 10, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican has issued an updated version of their charter for healthcare workers, removing question marks from modern ethical concerns... Read more

Who you gonna call (on murky moral issues)? Catholic bioethicists

Jan 1, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

What would you do if you're a young medical student who was told that you must participate in abortion in... Read more

Sofia Vergara.

Sofia Vergara is being sued by her own frozen embryos

Dec 9, 2016

Emma and Isabella are suing their mother, Sofia Vergara, according to court documents obtained by the New York Post.  Read more

The US capitol building.

Democrats, pro-lifers spar over Planned Parenthood investigation

Dec 8, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Following Democratic claims that a House panel investigating Planned Parenthood has found no wrongdoing, pro-life leaders have fired back that... Read more

A scientist holds a petri dish. File Photo.

What are human-animal chimeras, and why are they problematic?

Nov 26, 2016

By Matt Hadro

After the National Institutes of Health proposed federal funding of projects to possibly create a human-animal hybrid, Catholic ethicists voiced... Read more

Critics find dodgy ethics in 'three-parent baby' conception

Sep 29, 2016

The use of a technique to conceive a “three-parent baby” dodged U.S. law and, critics say, may further alter the... Read more

The problem with killing coma patients for their organs

Sep 8, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

There are severe ethical shortcomings in a British doctor's proposal to help unconscious patients die so their organs can be... Read more

Fertility treatments fall short of expectations

Oct 17, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Tech giants’ new policies offering egg freezing options as a work benefit overlook the technique’s “highly problematic” failure rates and... Read more

Ethicist: IVF mix-up shows danger of artificial reproduction

Aug 16, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

The accidental swapping of children conceived through IVF procedures before implantation, which recently occurred in Italy, points to the moral... Read more

Msgr. James P. Shea, President of the University of Mary in North Dakota.

University of Mary adds bioethics program to roster

Aug 1, 2014

The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., has teamed up with the National Catholic Bioethics Center to offer its students... Read more