Caring at the End

The old adage that hard cases make bad law is often true, but it is also true that hard cases can help crystallize fundamental moral issues. Thus, at the risk...

Religion & Science

From the Terri Schiavo controversy to the stem-cell debate to the conflict over intelligent design, 2005 was rife with contentious issues that portrayed...

After Kass

On October 1, Leon Kass stepped down as chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics. Kass was succeeded by one of the “founding fathers” of modern bioethics,...


I am suspicious enough of the Disney empire to feel skeptical that it will prove an ally in the moral education of my new son. Take Disney’s Pinocchio. In this...

Misleading Photos

It was an arresting photograph: President George W. Bush holding a baby, and surrounded by children, all of whom began life as “excess” embryos...

The Pope on PVS

A recent address by Pope John Paul II regarding the care of patients in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) has left many people—Catholics and others—scratching...


In December, the President’s Council on Bioethics released Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness (HarperCollins). The six-part...

Allowing to Die

It is hard to imagine a more tragic or tortuous case than that of Terri Schiavo, the thirty-nine-year-old Florida woman whose husband and parents are battling over...

Wrongful Life?

The law tells stories. So argues Catholic legal scholar Mary Ann Glendon in her short but fascinating book, Abortion and Divorce in Western Law. Glendon draws...

Science & Fiction

Last August, President George W. Bush announced his decision banning federal funding for stem-cell research that involved the destruction of living human embryos....

Of mice, jellyfish & us

One of the great challenges of the twenty-first century will be our response to the combined power of new reproductive technologies and manipulation of the...
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