Bioethics

NATIONAL REVIEW: DR. JOSEPH MEANEY ON COVID VACCINES AND FETAL CELL LINES

National Review interviewed Dr. Joseph Meaney, Executive Director of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and Health Care Civil Rights Task Force member, about the controversy over the COVID-19 vaccine, including the possible use of aborted fetal cells in testing. Dr. Meaney encourages people “to consider all of the ethical factors at play so that they …

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ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDINARY MEANS

In assessing when there is a duty to preserve life, the Church distinguishes between ordinary and extraordinary means.[1]  Ordinary means must be taken to preserve life, and extraordinary means can be morally refused.[2]  It is, therefore, critical to properly characterize particular means of preserving human life as ordinary or extraordinary, that is, as morally obligatory …

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IN CATHOLIC BIOETHICS ALL HUMAN LIVES ARE PRECIOUS

The difference between the Catholic perspective on the dignity and rights of human persons and those of many secular and liberal thinkers seems to be widening. The COVID-19 pandemic and recent events have only served to make the contrast even more stark between truly Catholic health care and other visions of public health or medicine. …

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