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UK birth of ‘three-parent baby’ came at a high moral cost, Catholic bioethicists warn

May 11, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

“This is the destruction of two embryonic human individuals to create a third individual,” the Anscombe Bioethics Centre said. Read more


Maryland Catholic hospital discriminated by denying transgender surgery, federal judge rules

Jan 11, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

A federal judge has ruled against a Catholic-founded hospital in Maryland, contending that it discriminated in refusing to perform a... Read more


Weekly COVID-19 testing a 'good' alternative to vaccine mandate, bioethicist says

Sep 16, 2021

By Matt Hadro

As the Biden administration prepares to require COVID-19 vaccinations at many workplaces, a Catholic bioethicist urged the administration to keep... Read more

Dr. Joseph Meaney, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center

Catholic bioethics center praises Wisconsin bishops for respecting conscience on vaccine mandates

Aug 24, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The National Catholic Bioethics Center on Monday praised the bishops of Wisconsin for their statement upholding the right to refuse... Read more

Cardinal Cupich reportedly 'leaning hard' on bioethics center to retract stance on Covid vaccine exemptions

Amid disagreement among Catholic leaders over whether there is a moral obligation to receive a coronavirus vaccine, board members at... Read more

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Bioethicist: There must be conscience exemptions to vaccine mandates

Aug 4, 2021

By Matt Hadro

As workplaces have begun to require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, some Catholic institutions insist that conscience exemptions are necessary. In... Read more

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New coalition champions spiritual rights of patients

Dec 2, 2020

By Matt Hadro

A new coalition seeks to promote the rights of hospital patients to have “reasonable” access to family and clergy during... Read more

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We don't need aborted fetal tissue to fight coronavirus, say ethicists

Mar 20, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus should not be used to override ethical restrictions on the use of aborted... Read more

Technician does control check of the in vitro fertilization process using a microscope. Via Shutterstock

'Fertility fraud' scandals raise broader questions about IVF, ethicist says

Aug 21, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Lawmakers in three states have passed laws to criminalize “fertility fraud” following a series of scandals in which fertility doctors... 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

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