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Conscience upheld in Arizona Courts

Without a conscience, what is a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist except a technician willing to follow the whims of law? (Again, this is not sound-bite material!) I received an e-mail from the American Defense Fund concerning the lawsuit against the State of Arizona by Planned Parenthood over a law to protect those of us in … Continue reading

The demented should want to die or feel guilty

Baroness Mary Warnock led the British ethics committee (named after her) which couldn’t quite decide the status of human embryos, but allowed destructive research on them. (See this LifeEthics essay on the Baroness’ 2007 apologia concerning the deliberations of her committee.) This year, the Baroness told British journalists that she believes that the demented are … Continue reading

>Human dignity: What it is

>Whether it’s a genetic result of evolution or the way we are designed by a Creator, even very young children seem to have a sense that it’s important to understand that there are consequences to infringing rights of other people before they can express “That’s not fair!.” My attempt a couple of days ago to … Continue reading

>Christian Docs’ Ethics on The Moral Worth of Human Life

>Yesterday, at the annual meeting of the House of Representatives of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, three statements on ethics were approved. I don’t have all of the text or the final versions of any of them at this time and will report on them in more detail later, but I would like to … Continue reading

Science confirms true pain in 25 week premies

It has long been possible to observe very premature babies pull away from painful stimuli and react physically as though they were in pain by crying, showing faster pulses and breathing rates and even changes in their blood hormone levels that mimic pain response in older human beings. But that pain has been dismissed as … Continue reading

The fatherhood question

Kevin T. Kevin questions my post concerning the rights of fathers to choose to be fathers or not to be fathers. Irony was the point, Kevin. There definitely is no child for hours to days after ejaculation. There’s not even an embryo or fetus. Where is the logic in determining the “personhood” based on one … Continue reading

How human is human-enough?

A group of very well respected scientists, philosophers and ethicists (all involved in bioethics and stem cell research) have joined together to discuss and draft what they call a “consensus” on stem cell research, both destructive embryonic stem cell research and non-destructive, ethical non-embryonic stem cell research. The document can be accessed at the Berman … Continue reading

The grown-ups speak for the smallest humans

Two of the most brilliant ethicists in the United States have answered one of the most partisan. Robert P. George and Gilbert Meilander, in the National Review On Line, have answered Michael Gazzaniga’s New York Times discussion on embryonic stem cell research. You’ll remember that Gazzaniga’s editorial, published in the NYT last week, called for … Continue reading

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