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Reproduction and Our Modern Attitude

October 24, 2006

Our guest blogger is Aaron Costerisan, this year’s Center for Bioethics Fellow: In an article entitled ‘Reproduction Revolution: Sex for Fun, IVF for Children,’ Jo Whelan marvels at our change in attitude toward reproduction since Louise Brown became the first “test-tube” baby in 1978: “Who would have predicted how common... View Article

A Papal Pronouncment on Ends and Means

October 16, 2006

A good result can never justify intrinsically unlawful means. That was the gist of the statement by Pope Benedict XVI on September 16, to participants in a symposium on stem cell research organized in Rome by the Pontifical Academy for Life. Some other noteworthy excerpts: May I also point out,... View Article

Of Bunnies and Men

October 8, 2006

Scientists are moving forward with plans to create hybrid human and rabbit embryos. This was the news three days ago from the U.K., where three teams of researchers were seeking to gain approval from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to create embryos that are 99.9 per cent human and... View Article

Reality Check for Plan B

October 1, 2006

It’s about time, claims bioethicist Arthur Caplan. In a recent commentary on MSNBC, Dr. Caplan, Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, lauds the recent decision to make emergency contraception (also known as Plan B or the “morning-after pill”) available without a prescription. After all, he... View Article