Posts Tagged ‘Bioethics’

Pellegrino: The Medical Philosopher and Prophet

He died on June 13.

I will never forget our first meeting at his Georgetown office. It was a Thursday. At age 91, his piercing eyes and attentive demeanor were surprisingly intense during our ninety minute conversation. His was a soul “haunted by conscience” as he put it. He said this by way of assuring that he would get back to us on some of material...

The Cost of Cloning

Some achievements are heroic, some advance technology in a way that changes lives for the better, and others exist solely to bring a measure of fame to the doer. Despite a flurry of media coverage, a recent report of cloning human embryos seems likely to take its place joining a plethora of Guinness records such as the largest ball of yarn and the highest number of consecutive somersaults. But while this accomplishment involves multiple...

The State of the Science: Why Catholic Hospitals Should Not Dispense Plan B

The mechanism of action of levonorgestrel emergency contraception (hereafter as LNG EC), sold as Plan B, given to prevent pregnancy after an act of intercourse (or rape) is a politically charged...

The Evidence that Plan B Does Not Cause Abortions in the Fertile Window

In my previous article in this series, I summarized the scientific evidence that suggests that not all morning after pills – in this specific case, levonorgestrel...

Plan B’s Main Mechanism of Action: The Case for a Post-Fertilization Effect

There is much confusion surrounding how Plan B Emergency Contraception actually works. Plan B...

Not All Morning-After Pills Are Abortifacients: The Scientific Evidence

The decision by the Catholic bishops of Germany to approve the use of morning-after pills (MAP) for victims of rape who present themselves...

When in Doubt, Choose Life

It seems the infamous issue of emergency contraception (hereafter as EC) and rape victims is back in the news...

Anonymous Children; Entitled Parents

Remember your family photographs from childhood? Most individuals take great pride and pleasure in reflecting back on certain periods and memories of their life captured through a simple picture. But, what if you spent your entire childhood and adult life trying to make sense of the fact that you never looked like any of the other members of your family?

Or, consider this scenario: Your parents decide to get a divorce when you are eight...