Paved with Good Intentions

In Heredity and Hope, Ruth Schwartz Cowan, professor of history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania, has written an informative and readable...

‘I Don't Want It'

It was 4:15 p.m. when my nurse gave me a “heads up” about the next patient. With a weary expression, she showed me a note affixed to the chart. “Mother is in...


When we say that something is beneath our dignity, what do we mean, exactly, and how do we know? How should we define or measure dignity?The experimental...

Begotten, Not Made

In the region where I live and teach on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the economy centers on a thriving poultry industry. On a number of occasions, when my boys...

Family Planning

I’ve been having a lot of sex lately. Back when I was randy teenager this would have seemed like an impossible dream-come-true, but now that I’m...

The Bishops & the 2008 Election

While lecturing in Australia in June, I was overcome by a sense of déjà vu. The Australian newspapers were dominated by a bitter controversy between a Catholic...

Daniel Callahan & Bioethics

In the summer of 2003, the renowned bioethicist Daniel Callahan testified before President George W. Bush’s Council on Bioethics, which was gathering material for a...

Forever Young

 The “Ashley Treatment”-a series of medical procedures performed at Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2004 on a profoundly mentally and physically disabled six-...

Answered Prayers

Debora Spar is a professor at the Harvard Business School who has studied the evolution of Internet technology from early, anarchic beginnings into a more...

Altered States

More than a year after the death of Terri Schiavo, discussions about her case remain highly polarized. What principles should guide decisions about people who...

On the Cutting Edge

The contemporary literature of bioethics, although vast, can often make for unsatisfactory reading. It tends to place too much emphasis on patient autonomy,...

When Does Life Begin?

My esteemed Notre Dame colleague, John Finnis, will receive the third annual Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics from the Center for Bioethics and Culture...
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