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Dehumanizing one another

A female sharpshooter nicknamed “Lady Death” has recently become a Ukrainian folk hero for defiantly attacking Russian soldiers undercover. The young markswoman fought for several...

Too much morphine?

To help people navigate some of the complex decisions involved in end-of-life situations, the National Catholic Bioethics Center offers a free and confidential consultation...

The ethics of pig to human organ transplants

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Early this year, a Maryland man suffering from severe heart failure underwent a new experimental procedure, receiving a pig heart transplant. His medical team...

Eugenics, forced sterilization, and protecting the mentally-challenged

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Although most Americans today are unaware of it, the United States has a sad and extensive history of forced sterilizations, especially within the past...

New cures from embryonic stem cells?

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A recent article in the New York Times by Gina Kolata chronicles the remarkable story of a patient who for many years suffered from type...

Sexual atoms and molecules

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A major issue in bioethics today involves “informed consent,” but some try to make everything about consent. This is especially notable when it comes to...

Decisions of consequence

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I recently watched a compelling video prepared by a group called “Heartbeat International.” They provide women, who regret having taken an abortion pill, the chance...

The moral analysis of boxing

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In 1996 when Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame on international television, the issue of sports-induced brain damage was raised to new prominence. One...

What young people could most profit from hearing about Marriage

Young people today experience various pressures and expectations that can make them anxious. In a recent essay, Professor Timothy P. O’Malley, of Notre Dame’s...

Challenging the establishment on childhood gender transitions

A 23-year-old woman named Keira Bell recently brought a pivotal lawsuit against the National Health Services Gender Identity Development Clinic in London, better known as...

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