• Getting wiser on surrogacy

    Let me be plain up front: I oppose surrogacy. In it I see the same heartless exploitation of a woman as I see in prostitution. The idea that one can “rent” another person’s womb or another person’s vagina and just walk away is deeply misogynist. A body is not a piece of machinery you... Read more
  • First U.S. baby born from transplanted womb

    For the first time in the United States, a woman born without a uterus gave birth to a healthy baby, according to a report released last Friday. The woman, who remains anonymous, was part of a small trial studying uterine transplantation and pregnancy in women with Absolute Uterine Factor... Read more
  • Embryology and Science Denial

    The HHS has recently—and rightly—described life as beginning at conception. Dr. Richard Paulson’s denial of this claim contradicts the standard scientific position, and his arguments against that claim are fallacious and inaccurate. In an early draft of its next strategic... Read more
  • American Association of Suicidology Betrays Some Suicidal

    Assisted suicide advocacy corrupts everything it touches; medical ethics, our views about the worth of the dying–even suicide prevention. The latter corruption usually comes in suicide prevention campaigns that ignore assisted suicide advocacy as a cause of some suicides–I believe of some... Read more
  • An Absurd Fate: What Happens to Abandoned Embryos?

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it almost always starts with an emotional story. The latest situation is an embryo custody battle in Arizona. It highlights the depth of real human emotions connected to having children and building a family, and the ways in which human lives... Read more
  • Why You Shouldn’t Worry About A.I. Taking Over the World

    A.I. is transforming our world. Should we worry about that? Entrepreneur billionaire Elon Musk is worried. Woody Allen once said, “What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.” Musk thinks he overpaid for his carpet. He... Read more
  • The Brothers of Charity are clear: no euthanasia is possible in our hospitals

    Br. René Stockman says it clearly: the path to euthanasia is not viable for a Catholic hospital. After a board of trustees decision to allow euthanasia in Belgian hospitals sponsored by the Brothers of Charity, the community’s general superior spoke with CNA about the issues at stake, and... Read more
  • Sister Miriam: The Dominican nun who helped discover DNA

    The discovery of DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, was a groundbreaking step in understanding the building blocks of all living creatures. DNA is a molecule in each cell that bears the genetic instructions for the development and reproduction of living organisms, including viruses. The credit... Read more
  • Loss of a father leaves its mark in the child’s DNA

    A fascinating piece of research related to father loss is highlighted by an article at Family Studies. Most studies of the effects on a child losing his or her father through death, divorce or incarceration, rely on survey questions to measure health. But the new research, published in the... Read more
  • Artificial wombs could radically change the abortion debate

    It will become clearer that the foetus’s integrity as a living being is fundamentally the child’s own, not the mother’s In The Dialectic of Sex, published in 1970, the feminist thinker Shulamith Firestone made a case for “ectogenesis” on the basis that it liberated women from “the... Read more