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  • Begotten Not Made: A Catholic View of Reproductive Technology

    04/14/2021 12:07:05 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 23 replies
    USCCB ^ | by John M. Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L.
    Human beings bear the image and likeness of God. They are to be reverenced as sacred. Never are they to be used as a means to an end, not even to satisfy the deepest wishes of an infertile couple. Husbands and wives "make love," they do not "make babies." They give expression to their love for one another, and a child may or may not be engendered by that act of love. The marital act is not a manufacturing process, and children are not products. Like the Son of God himself, we are the kind of beings who are "begotten,...
  • Must Catholics refuse a COVID-19 vaccine made with a cell line from an abortion?

    12/16/2020 6:16:37 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies
    The Catholic Spirit ^ | 12.10.20 | Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
    In the wake of announcements from multiple pharmaceutical companies about safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, many are expressing ethical doubts about whether it is OK to take these vaccines. Do Catholics have a moral duty to decline an inoculation if it was unethically produced using a cell line that came from an abortion? The short answer is “no.” This has been discussed and explained in several magisterial church documents in recent years. In 2008, for example, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reminded us in the Instruction Dignitas Personae that: “Grave reasons may be morally proportionate to justify...
  • Catholic Bioethicist Warns Against Gene-editing Experiments

    06/28/2020 11:26:13 AM PDT · by Marchmain · 3 replies
    National Catholic Register (EWTN Mews) ^ | June 28, 2020 | Kate Scanlon
    Joseph Meaney, PH.D., speaking Friday in an interview on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, said that the experiment gone wrong was predictable, because “science, as it emerges into new areas, makes a lot of mistakes.” WASHINGTON — In the wake of a gene-editing experiment gone wrong, the president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center said that the Church must stand firm against the unborn being “sacrificed on the altar of scientific research.” Medium’s science publication OneZero reported last week that scientists in the United Kingdom recently conducted an experiment where they deleted a gene from human embryos using the CRISPR technique. They...
  • Suicide and abortion stem from the same lie: that some lives don’t matter.

    11/01/2019 5:19:39 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    americamagazine, ^ | June 18, 2018 | Simcha Fisher
    I have finally learned to say someone “died by suicide” rather than “committed suicide.” While the Catholic Church does teach that taking one’s own life is grave matter, we now recognize that those who die by suicide are often in such an altered mental state, they may not capable of acting with deliberate consent. Therefore, it is our obligation to pray and hope for those who died by suicide, just as we may hope for the salvation of all the dead. But that only speaks to the culpability of the dead. Can we not also hope that fewer people will...
  • How IVF Can be Morally Right

    08/17/2019 5:36:09 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | Apr 2019 | Wayne Grudem
    In vitro fertilization is the process of joining a woman’s egg (ovum) and a husband’s sperm in a lab rather than inside a woman’s body... When the egg is fertilized by the sperm, the result is a living embryo, which is then implanted in the woman’s womb so that it can develop like any other baby. Evangelical Christians differ on the moral acceptability of this procedure. My own position is that, in principle, the teachings of Scripture present no moral objection to a married couple using IVF (as long as no human embryos are destroyed in the process), because it...
  • Breaking Evangelicalism’s Silence on IVF

    05/04/2019 6:37:34 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 31 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | April 25, 2019 | Matthew Lee Anderson
    The quiet heartbreak and pain of infertility is well known to many evangelicals, whose aspirations to have a child have been frustrated for reasons they cannot understand or control. It is frequently a secret burden that couples carry, which only emerges into the open as they reveal their struggles to family, friends, and doctors. The weight of infertility and the value of children has increasingly prompted infertile couples to pursue procreation by every means possible: artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and even surrogacy have all found their way into evangelical communities. Yet while evangelicals have become increasingly aware of the...
  • Designer baby fears grow..new test that can predict an IVF embryos' risk of having a low IQ [tr]

    11/15/2018 7:57:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 15, 2018 | Sam Blanchard
    IVF clinics may soon use a controversial screening technique to get rid of embryos which are likely to grow up with low IQs. A company in the US offering tests which can pick out 'mental disabilities' – and, in theory, predict intelligence – has confirmed it is in talks with fertility clinics. The news has stoked fears about a rise in designer babies, which could be created by parents wanting to erase undesirable traits from their children. Experts say it is 'repugnant' to think about terminating embryos because they are expected to have lower than average intelligence.
  • HUMAN RIGHTS Outrageous: Bioethicist says parents may have ‘right’ to kill born children

    09/05/2018 6:54:24 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 41 replies
    Live Action News ^ | September 4, 2018 | Joona Räsänen
    The field of bioethics seems to be less and less concerned about what is considered ethical in medicine, and more and more concerned with justifying a culture of death. It’s no longer enough for abortion to be legal; bioethicists are increasingly calling for the murder of born infants to be permitted. And though these calls for legal infanticide are always met with outrage, they continue to come. Finnish bioethicist Joona Räsänen has argued in the medical journal Bioethics that pro-life arguments against infanticide “are not convincing” and “cannot show infanticide to be immoral.” While Räsänen has not argued for infanticide...
  • We Tried It: The $650 '(baby foreskin) Facial' That Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett Swear By

    05/19/2018 9:54:31 AM PDT · by MNDude · 89 replies
    What It Is: The “Hollywood EGF Facial”, otherwise known as the “Penis Facial” thanks to stars like Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, who both swear by it for radiant, glowy skin Who Tried It: Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor Why We Tried It: Let me ask you this: Would you pass up the chance to have skin that looks as smooth as Blanchett or Bullock’s? (We didn’t think so.) Level of Difficulty: 2, if you factor in very mild pain and upkeep It all started back in March, when Blanchett opened up about her skincare secret: a special facial at...
  • Boy regains consciousness after doctors declare him ‘brain dead,’ prepare to remove his organs

    05/10/2018 8:53:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 05/10/2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    May 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An Alabama child who suffered multiple skull fractures in an auto accident and was declared “brain dead” by doctors, regained consciousness only one day before the physicians planned to remove his organs, according to a report by Fox News in Mobile, Alabama.  The boy, 13-year-old Trenton McKinley, was being pulled in a small utility trailer by a child’s dune buggy driven by his friend, who applied the brakes suddenly and caused the trailer to flip over and to land on top of McKinley’s head, fracturing his skull. McKinley “died” several times while doctors treated him,...
  • Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides Elected Metropolitan of Chicago

    02/11/2018 9:03:37 PM PST · by lightman · 4 replies
    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ^ | 7 February A.D. 2018 | Stavros Papagermanos/
    NEW YORK – The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected unanimously today the Very Reverend Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides as Metropolitan of Chicago. Immediately following the election, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America stated: “I express my wholehearted congratulations on the election of Very Reverend Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides as Metropolitan of Chicago, wishing the abundant blessing of God on the sacred ministry the Church has entrusted him with. The newly-elected Metropolitan has served as Deacon, Priest and Director of the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations for a number of years, and I am certain that he...
  • The Aftermath of Humanae Vitae

    02/10/2018 6:39:25 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholicism.org ^ | February 5, 2018 | Gary Potter
    Humanae vitae, Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical reaffirming the Church’s defense of the sanctity of human life, was promulgated fifty years ago this year. It was dated July 25, 1968. When July rolls around later this year I shall have some things to say, God willing, about the encyclical’s content. What I’m talking about here is some of the aftermath of the document’s promulgation.Only some. I’m going for a broad picture and in as few words as possible. I shall not deal, for instance, with the epic fight of Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle to preserve doctrinal orthodoxy at the Catholic University...
  • New French film raises ghosts of Nazi medical horrors

    02/03/2018 8:45:55 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 27 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | 3 Feb 2018 | Guillame Souvant
    A new documentary about the scale of Nazi medical experiments has reopened old wounds in France...trending on Twitter. Dr Michel Cymes, the star of a French television medical advice programme, believes that the remains of some of the 86 Jews tortured and mutilated by SS doctor August Hirt may still be in the anatomy collection of the University of Strasbourg. He first raised the theory in his 2015 bestseller, "Hippocrates in Hell", The remains of Jews on which Hirt tested mustard gas at the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp near the Alastian city were supposed to have been buried after it was...
  • French warned about pitfalls of seeking to end their lives in Belgium

    01/20/2018 9:50:18 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 21 replies
    The Local ^ | Sep 2017 | Evie Burrows-Taylor
    Belgian doctors fear the number of French people heading over the border to seek help to end their lives could shoot up and are warning that the road to the end is paved with problems. With the number of French people considering euthanasia as a viable way to end their daily suffering on the rise, the burden is largely falling on neighbouring Belgium. While active euthanasia, by which a person deliberately causes the patient's death, remains illegal in France, the procedure became legal in Belgium 15 years ago. What's the law in France? During Francois Hollande's leadership in March 2015,...
  • Macron Warns and Woos Faith Leaders On Bioethics Reforms

    01/20/2018 9:38:56 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 4 replies
    The Tablet ^ | Jan 9, 2018 | Tom Heneghan
    “This French secularism, which sometimes surprises our neighbours, is a powerful cement in a country torn by so many wars of religion." - Emmanuel Macron President Emmanuel Macron has hinted at controversial changes in France’s bioethics law this year at the same time as he invited the country’s religious leaders to participate fully in the public debate about reforms the Catholic Church opposes. Addressing senior clergy at a New Year’s reception, the president said his role was to ensure both that France debated the bioethics reforms seriously and that it adapted its laws responsibly to changes in technology and society....
  • Spotlight on procreation rights as France begins sweeping bioethics debate

    01/20/2018 9:30:05 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | Jan 18, 2018 | Solange Mougin
    France on Wednesday kicked off a marathon round of talks designed to inform the country’s legislation on bioethics, with the government hoping to avoid a repeat of the poisonous debate that hijacked the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The six-month consultation, involving scientists, medical practitioners and legal experts from across France, will lead to a revised bioethics law, slated for later this year. It will touch on a broad range of subjects, from legalizing euthanasia to the development of artificial intelligence. Some of the topics up for discussion represent a political minefield in France, and President Emmanuel Macron will be keen...
  • Scientists are implanting tiny HUMAN brains into rats

    11/08/2017 8:00:33 AM PST · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | Updated: 8th November 2017, 3:26 pm | By Margi Murphy
    Stanford University bioethicist says as the lab rats become more human-like they may one day be 'entitled to some kind of respect' TINY human brains injected into rats have sparked a major ethical debate among scientists worried it may give the rodents some type of human consciousness. Esteemed science ethicists claim the experiments might reach a point where the test lab rats will be "entitled to some kind of respect". Advances in science have allowed experts to connect tiny human brains with that of a rat. To do this, they created clumps of cells that behave similarly to human brains...
  • Patricia Heaton blasts CBS over report about Iceland's Down syndrome abortion rates

    08/15/2017 11:41:58 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2017 | staff
    Patricia Heaton is outraged by a recent CBS report about Iceland. CBS reported Sunday that the majority of expecting mothers in the country or “close to 100 percent” who received a positive test for Down syndrome “terminated their pregnancy.” *snip* "Iceland isn't actually eliminating Down Syndrome. They're just killing everybody that has it. Big difference," she [Heaton] wrote.
  • Patricia Heaton blasts CBS over report about Iceland's Down syndrome abortion rates

    08/15/2017 10:28:36 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 42 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/15/17 | foxnews
    CBS reported Sunday that the majority of expecting mothers in the country or “close to 100 percent” who received a positive test for Down syndrome “terminated their pregnancy.” The network tweeted on Sunday, "Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion. #CBSNOA learns more, tonight at 10pm ET/PT." The 59-year-old actress took to Twitter with a heated reply, taking aim at the wording of the CBS tweet and Iceland in the process. "Iceland isn't actually eliminating Down Syndrome. They're just killing everybody that has it. Big difference," she wrote.
  • Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing [TR]

    08/15/2017 7:34:10 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 61 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 14, 2017 | JULIAN QUINONES, ARIJETA LAJKA
    With the rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has significantly decreased, but few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland. Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women -- close to 100 percent -- who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy. While the tests are optional, the government states that all expectant mothers must be informed about availability of screening tests, which reveal the likelihood of a child being...