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Persons Created in the Image of God

January 20, 2015

(by Dr. Heather Kuruvilla) Lately, I have been asking myself an important question: do I truly believe that human persons are created in the image of God?  Or am I merely giving intellectual assent to this pivotal truth? In the Creation-Fall-Redemption narrative of Scripture, our status as beings created in... View Article

Legal Personhood for Chimpanzees?

January 3, 2014

by Elisha Injeti, Center for Bioethics Fellow On December 2nd of this past year, the definition of a “legal person” was officially challenged in a court of law in the United States. In case you are wondering if this is part of an immigration issue, you are wrong. Three lawsuits... View Article

Thinking the Unthinkable

April 2, 2012

Two philosophers from Australia (University of Melbourne) have proposed a new term for an old concept: “after-birth abortion.” By this, they mean the taking of a newborn baby’s life, even if the infant is healthy, if social or economic factors make the child’s presence a hardship for the parents. Here... View Article

The End of an Era

August 21, 2008

Sometimes it takes a person from outside our society to be its most honest critic. On August 3, 2008, one such voice became silent. Alexandr Solzhenitsyn died at the age of 89 of a heart ailment. This once unknown Russian high school teacher published his first book, One Day in... View Article

Who Am I?

August 15, 2008

In our ongoing academic debates over reproductive technologies, it is perhaps all too easy to forget the real issue: we are talking about how we treat human persons, created in God’s image, who have incalculable worth. Sometimes it is good to step back and put a face on the special... View Article

Only One Child May Live

July 18, 2007

Steven Mosher paints a horrifying picture of the grim reality of the “One Child” policy in China. As a U.S. State Department representative in Guangdong Province in 1980, Mosher witnessed first-hand the forced abortions of women who committed the “crime” of becoming pregnant for the second time. Since then, Mosher... View Article

Breaking News: Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Upheld

April 18, 2007

By a narrow 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld a federal law banning the late-term abortion procedure called ‘intact dilation and extraction,’ better-known by the label ‘partial-birth abortion.’ This is a major victory for the pro-life cause. Partial-birth abortion (as we have discussed in an earlier post), has... View Article

Whither Human Dignity?

April 15, 2007

As anyone who hasn’t been living on the planet Mars recently must surely know, there was a big furor last week over remarks by veteran broadcaster Don Imus. His injudicious use of racist and sexist remarks about the Rutgers University Women’s Basketball team got him fired from his job. His... View Article

Greeting Cards and Abortion

March 19, 2007

The latest in the abortion debate seems a bit bizarre. Exhale, a post-abortion counseling group, is now offering a variety of supportive E-cards to send to women who have recently undergone an abortion. The cards include attractive pictures of flowers or mountains. One version expresses the sentiment: I think you’re... View Article

Aborting the Less-Than-Perfect

March 13, 2007

During early fetal development, sometimes the esophagus fails to develop normally, a condition known as esophageal atresia. This happens once in about 3500 pregnancies, and doctors can frequently diagnose this condition by ultrasound prior to birth. Except that sometimes the doctors are wrong. In a teaching hospital in Florence, Italy,... View Article