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Marie Hilliard, director of bioethics and public policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center. (File Photo/CNA).

Ethicist: Texas end-of-life debate must consider unborn child

Jan 10, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Debate over requiring life support for a reportedly brain-dead pregnant woman should remember both the imperative not to provide excessive... Read more

A view of St. Paul's Hospital.

Catholic bioethicist advises caution in Jahi McMath case

Jan 4, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

The “tragic” case of teenage girl Jahi McMath – now at the center of a legal controversy over brain death... Read more

Embryonic Stem Cells.

Quest for ethical stem cells prompts moral questions

Aug 23, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

The first human trials for the treatment of blindness using induced pluripotent stem cells has brought the hope of creating... Read more

Father Scott Borgman poses for a photo during a June 7, 2013 interview with CNA in Rome.

Pontifical Academy starts 'Friends for Life'

Jun 10, 2013

The Pontifical Academy for Life has started a group called “Friends for Life” to expand its network around the world.  Read more

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston speaks at a press conference for the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly.

Cardinal 'deeply' troubled by human cloning development

May 15, 2013

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley called the successful production of embryonic stem cells by cloning human embryos an “abuse” which ignores... Read more

A portrait of Shinya Yamanaka.

Nobel-winning stem cell work helps curtail embryonic research

Oct 8, 2012

By Carl Bunderson

Moral theologian Father Thomas Berg is praising the work of Shinya Yamanaka, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in... Read more

Jennifer Lahl, president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network.

Rise in surrogate pregnancies raises ethical concerns

May 19, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

An increase in the practice of surrogate pregnancy is leading to health risks, ethical concerns and a problematic understanding of... Read more