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A Papal Pronouncment on Ends and Means by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics A good result can never justify intrinsically unlawful means. That was the gist of the statement by Pope Benedict XVI on September 16, to participants in a symposium on stem ... Read on »
Reproduction and Our Modern Attitude by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Our guest blogger is Aaron Costerisan, this year's Center for Bioethics Fellow: In an article entitled 'Reproduction Revolution: Sex for Fun, IVF for Children,' Jo Whel ... Read on »
Brave New Fathers by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics As a follow-up to Aaron's blog last week about reproductive tech, I came across an article in the LA Times. The story raises profoundly disturbing questions about how societ ... Read on »
The End of an Era by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Sometimes it takes a person from outside our society to be its most honest critic. On August 3, 2008, one such voice became silent. Alexandr Solzhenitsyn died at the a ... Read on »
Who Am I? by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Questions & Answers in Bioethics In our ongoing academic debates over reproductive technologies, it is perhaps all too easy to forget the real issue: we are talking about how we treat human persons , create ... Read on »
The End of an Era by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Sometimes it takes a person from outside our society to be its most honest critic. On August 3, 2008, one such voice became silent. Alexandr Solzhenitsyn died at the ... Read on »
Is it Ethical to Pay for Organs? by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Questions & Answers in Bioethics Technological developments in medicine are making organ transplants fairly routine. When I first entered medical school in the 1970s, a kidney transplant was a major interve ... Read on »
Medical Tourism - It’s No Vacation (14) by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Our July podcast is all about medical tourism. This is a growing trend in the United States, where some patients are going to other countries for their medical care. The ide ... Read on »
Eugenics Redux by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics The word “eugenics” comes from the Greek “eugenes,” meaning “good birth,” and the underlying ideas are quite ancient in origin.Plato argued that human baby production should ... Read on »
The Bioethics of Bethlehem by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics As we enter Advent, it may be worth pausing in our mad seasonal rush to reflect on the significance of Emmanuel, or "God with us," from Matthew 1:23. For Christians, this m ... Read on »
DNA as Destiny? by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Questions & Answers in Bioethics Since the completion of the Human Genome Project, there seems to be a growing sense that everything, including our behavior, can be explained by our genes. According to this i ... Read on »
Abandoning the Prime Directive? by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Questions & Answers in Bioethics In hisEpidemics, the great healer Hippocrates gave this advice: 'As to diseases, make a habit of two things -- to help, or at least to do no harm.' The Roman physician Gal ... Read on »
Whither Human Dignity? by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Questions & Answers in Bioethics As anyone who hasn't been living on the planet Mars recently must surely know, there was a big furor last week over remarks by veteran broadcaster Don Imus. His injudicious us ... Read on »
Hype or Real Hope in Biotechnology? by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Questions & Answers in Bioethics Ethicist Nigel Cameron has called this the "Biotech Century," which is certainly apt, given all of the excitement over new ways to intervene into biology and medicine, even ta ... Read on »
A Pearl on Stem Cell Research by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Since the bioethics news has been so serious lately, I thought we should take a break this week, and just enjoy my favorite (slightly warped) comic strip, Pearls B ... Read on »
Greeting Cards and Abortion by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics The latest in the abortion debate seems a bit bizarre. Exhale, a post-abortion counseling group, is now offering a variety of supportive E-cards to send to women who have rece ... Read on »
Aborting the Less-Than-Perfect by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics During early fetal development, sometimes the esophagus fails to develop normally, a condition known as esophageal atresia. This happens once in about 3500 pregnancies, and do ... Read on »
Stemming the Tide of Controversy by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics A little bit of perspective can go a long way. If one believes the media,Dr. Catherine Verfaillieis a biased scientist whose research has significant flaws. Just as we suspect ... Read on »
Viable Thinking About Life by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Back in 1973, Justice Blackmun in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision said that states could not prohibit abortion until after "viability." This is the moment when the un ... Read on »
Postmodernity Redux by Soulful Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics On February 1st, Bill O'Reilly (on Fox News) interviewed actress and now radio talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg about her views on the war in Iraq. O'Reilly commented on Whoopi' ... Read on »