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Opioids, pain management, and addiction: Balancing ethical dutiesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Almost 2 million Americans are now addicted to opioids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 100 people die each day in the U.S. from opioid overdoses. This unprecedented level of ...

Can we pay others to donate a kidney? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Often we envision donating our organs after we are dead, but we can also choose to become an organ donor while we are alive if we share part of our liver or donate one of our kidneys. The proposal to ...

Promethean medical temptationsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Superheroes attract us. From Greek gods to Superman and Spiderman, our fascination with the awesome deeds of superheroes beckons us to become masters of our own destiny. Yet even as we enjoy the fantasy ...

Consenting to sex Father Tad Pacholczyk

Recent news articles exploring the post #MeToo world of romance have noted the phenomenon of cell phone "consent apps," allowing millennials to sign digital contracts before they have sex with their peers, ...

Cowboys, infertility and deeper moral questionsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Most people still remember the story of Nadya Suleman, dubbed "Octomom," a single woman who used in vitro fertilization to become pregnant with eight babies simultaneously. Suleman had asked her fertility ...

The wrong-headedness of 'wrongful birth' lawsuits Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

At its core, the idea of a "wrongful birth" claim is unreasonable and ethically incoherent. Parents who bring these lawsuits against obstetricians and hospitals claim that medical professionals should ...

To be or not to be -- parsing the implications of suicideFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In recent years we have witnessed a growing tendency to promote suicide as a way of resolving end-stage suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in a handful of states and a number of other ...

The 'bitter pill' of false liberation Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A major study published on Dec. 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that hormonal contraception increases the risk of breast cancer for women. The research used all of Denmark as its sample, ...