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Dehumanizing one anotherFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 years in eastern Ukraine ...

Too much morphine? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 service via e-mail or phone ...

The ethics of pig-to-human organ transplantsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Early this year, a Maryland man suffering from severe heart failure underwent a new experimental procedure, receiving a pig heart transplant. His medical team had determined he would be a poor candidate ...

Eugenics, forced sterilization, and protecting the mentally challenged Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Although most Americans today are unaware of it, the United States has a sad and extensive history of forced sterilizations, especially within the past century. In 1907, Indiana legalized forced sterilizations ...

New cures from embryonic stem cells?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 1 diabetes. After receiving a newly-developed form of embryonic ...

Sexual atoms and molecules Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 ethical discussions around the exercise of human ...

Decisions of consequenceFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 to reverse their decision through a ...

The moral analysis of boxing Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 of the greatest boxers in history, his evident ...