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Making Sense of Bioethics

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Father Tad Pacholczyk, Director of Education at the NCBC, is the author of a column called Making Sense of Bioethics that appears in diocesan newspapers across the country.

Bioethics is the study of the ethical concerns arising from advances in biology and medicine. Its task involves distinguishing between morally appropriate and inappropriate uses of biotechnology and medicine. Bioethics pioneer Paul Ramsey once noted that for a man of serious conscience, “there may be some things that men should never do. The good things that men do can be made complete only by the things they refuse to do."

Please share the link to this page with others that you know would benefit from Fr. Tad's concise explanations of the Church's position on these crucial and cutting-edge issues.

Subscriptions to this series or reprints are available from the NCBC for newspapers, parish bulletins, newsletters or journals. For information regarding subscriptions and permissions, please contact Elizabeth Lee.

Many of the columns are also available in Spanish. See: El Sentido de la Bioetica

 

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2017

Making Sense of Bioethics Columns

 

 

 

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Topical Index

Archives of Making Sense of Bioethics

 

• Abortion

The Morality of Vaccinating Our Children (August, 2005)

A Painful Presumption (October, 2005)

Thawing the Frozen Embryo Myths (July, 2006)

Sexual Assault and Abortion (January, 2007)

Ethical Blind Spots, Complacency & Nazism (August, 2007)

Getting It Right the Morning After (November, 2007)

When Ideology Corrupts Science and Medicine (February, 2008)

Making Truthful Choices of Conscience (November, 2008)

Verbal Engineering & the Swaying of Public Conscience (February, 2009)

The Twisted Logic Underlying Abortion (July, 2009)

Medicine and the True Cost of Being in Denial (January, 2010)

How Men Are Harmed by Abortion (March, 2010)

Difficult Pregnancies, Precarious Choices, & the Absolute Value of Innocent Lives (July, 2010)

Clear Ethical Thinking & Relativism (January, 2011)

Thinking Clearly About Consciousness and Abortion (November, 2012)

Ethical Directives and the Care of Pregnant Women in Catholic Hospitals (December, 2013)

Violinist Violence (January, 2014)

Undoing a Chemical Abortion (March, 2015)

The Expendable Children (August, 2017)

 

• Addiction

Safe Injection Sites & Tackling IV Drug Abuse (July, 2008)

Clearing the Air Around Marijuana Use (June, 2014)

At the Heart of the Tragedy of Addiction (January, 2016)

 

• AIDS

Conundrum with Condoms (June, 2006)

 

• Alternative Medicine

        The Ethics of New Age Medicine (April, 2017)

 

• Animal/Human Hybrids and Chimeras

Half Human, Half Animal? (June, 2008)

Human Organs from Pigs (February, 2016)

 

• Animal/Human Similarities and Divergences

'Animal Rights' vs Human Rights (October, 2006)

True Compassion in the Midst of Tragedy (September, 2007)

A Higher Standard than for Cats and Dogs (December, 2015)

 

• Artificial Insemination

When the Kids Grow Up and Find Out About the Test Tubes (August, 2010)

Artificial Insemination (August, 2014)

How Does the Catholic Church Resolve New Bioethical Questions (February, 2017)

Considering the Options for Infertile Couples (July, 2017)

 

• Artificial Nutrition & Hydration

No Tubes for Me (March, 2006)

Are Feeding Tubes Required? (December, 2006)

Feeding Our Loved Ones & the Anathema of Living With Brain Damage (January, 2008)

Facing Death in Solidarity and Hope (March, 2010)

Towards Passive Euthanasia (April, 2010)

What is VSED and Why Should It Matter to Us (May, 2015)

 

• Artificial Organisms/Synthetic Cells

Overselling the Synthetic Cell (June, 2010)

 

• Banking of Sperm and Eggs

When the Kids Grow Up and Find Out About the Test Tubes (August, 2010)

Banking Sperm and Eggs before Cancer Treatments (June, 2015)

 

• Birth Control

Conundrum with Condoms (June, 2006)

Thinking about Sex and Marital Surrender (March, 2007)

Contraceptive Contradictions (July, 2007)

Sex & Little Pills: Viagra and Birth Control (August, 2008)

A Future Pregnancy Would Be Too Risky (January, 2009)

Verbal Engineering & the Swaying of Public Conscience (February, 2009)

NFP and the Telos of Sex (May, 2011)

To Give or Not to Give (October, 2011)

Nickels, Dimes and Family Size (February, 2012)

The Pill as Health Care? (January, 2013)

Debating Birth Control in the Public Square (February, 2013)

A Path of Renewal for Sterilized Couples (April, 2014)

Catholics and Acceptable Uses of Contraceptives (March, 2016)

 

• Bodily Enhancement/Mutilation

Plastic Perfection? The Ethics of Breast Implants (April, 2008)

Drastic Measures & Cancer Decisions (March, 2011)

Taboos and Tattoos (December, 2012)

Medical Assistance with the Battle of the Bulge (February, 2015)

Changing My Body To “Match” My “Identity?" (July, 2015)

Doping Athletes (May, 2017)

 

• Body Worlds Exhibit

Bodies in Plastic (November, 2006)

 

• Brain Death

Brain Dead Means Dead (November, 2005)

Does the Catholic Church Have Doubts About Brain Death? (June, 2011)

Brain Dead & Pregnant (February, 2014)

 

• Breast Augmentation

Plastic Perfection? The Ethics of Breast Implants (April, 2008)

 

• Caring for the Elderly & Infirm

Facing Death in Solidarity and Hope (March, 2010)

Defending the Dignity of Those with Dementia (October, 2010)

Working through a Hard Death (February, 2011)

Bringing Christ to the Clinic (August, 2011)

Esteeming Our Elders and Fostering Solidarity across Generations (January, 2015)

 

• Charitable Donations

The Ethics of Donating Money to Charitable Foundations (October, 2013)

 

• Cloning

Good Ends, Evil Means & Fraudulent Science (January, 2006)

Fetal Farming and the New Slavery (May, 2006)

Recapturing the Soul of Bioethics (April, 2007)

Soulless Clones and Spineless Men (October, 2007)

Half Human, Half Animal? (June, 2008)

How Does the Catholic Church Resolve New Bioethical Questions (February, 2017)

 

• Condoms

Conundrum with Condoms (June, 2006)

 

• Conscience

"Imposing our Beliefs" on Others (September, 2005)

When Ideology Corrupts Science and Medicine (February, 2008)

Making Truthful Choices of Conscience (November, 2008)

Verbal Engineering & the Swaying of Public Conscience (February, 2009)

Stem Cell Ethics and the Things We Refuse to Do (December, 2009)

Clear Ethical Thinking & Relativism (January, 2011)

Universal Morality and the Natural Law (August, 2013)

Sex, Truth & the Illumination of Our Guilt (November, 2013)

How Does the Catholic Church Resolve New Bioethical Questions (February, 2017)

 

• Conscience Rights

When Ideology Corrupts Science and Medicine (February, 2008)

The Courage to Refuse to Cooperate in Evil (April, 2011)

Federal Mandates and the Crushing of Religious Freedom (March, 2012)

Is it Wrong for Me Now to Buy Health Insurance? (July, 2013)

Jailed for Defending Marriage (September, 2015)

 

• Contraception

(See: Birth Control)

 

• Cooperation in Evil

The Courage to Refuse to Cooperate in Evil (April, 2011)

The Morality and Wisdom of Incremental Legislation (May, 2013)

Is it Wrong for Me Now to Buy Health Insurance? (July, 2013)

The Ethics of Donating Money to Charitable Foundations (October, 2013)

 

• Death and Dying

Facing Death in Solidarity and Hope (March, 2010)

Towards Passive Euthanasia (April, 2010)

Defending the Dignity of Those with Dementia (October, 2010)

Facing Terminal Illnesses Realistically (November, 2010)

Working through a Hard Death (February, 2011)

Bringing Christ to the Clinic (August, 2011)

Powerlessness, or the Hidden Power in Our Suffering? (May, 2012)

Can I Donate My Body to Science (June, 2017)

 

 • Dementia

Towards Passive Euthanasia (April, 2010)

Defending the Dignity of Those with Dementia (October, 2010)

 

• Dialysis

Deciding About Dialysis (September, 2012)

 

• Disabilities and the Disabled

Defending the Dignity of Those with Dementia (October, 2010)

Unconditional Parental Love (December, 2011)

Loving Those with Disabilities (August, 2012)

Leaving Our Values at the Door of the Strip Club (September, 2016)

 

• DNR's

Going Too Far with DNR? (April, 2013)

 

• Drug Abuse 

Clearing the Air Around Marijuana Use (June, 2014)

At the Heart of the Tragedy of Addiction (January, 2016)

Safe Injection Sites & Tackling IV Drug Abuse (July, 2008)

Doping Athletes (May, 2017)

  

• Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare

(See: Health Care Proxy/Surrogate)

 

• Ectopic Pregnancy

When Pregnancy Goes Awry (October, 2009)

 

• Embryos 

Novel Ideas for Stem Cells Without Embryos (July, 2005)

Good Ends, Evil Means & Fraudulent Science (January, 2006)

Theology, or Embryology? (February, 2006)

Thawing the Frozen Embryo Myths (July, 2006)

Guilt-Free Pluripotent Stem Cells? (September, 2006)

Recapturing the Soul of Bioethics (April, 2007)

Acorns and Embryos (May, 2007)

Debating the Embryo's Fate (June, 2007)

Ethical Blind Spots, Complacency & Nazism (August, 2007)

The Holy Grail of Reprogramming - A New Era for Stem Cells (December, 2007)

Do Embryos Have Souls? (March, 2008)

Fire in the Clinic! (May, 2008)

Half Human, Half Animal? (June, 2008)

Germany and Italy Have Done It — Shouldn't We? (December, 2008)

What Should We Do with the Frozen Embryos? (June, 2009)

Stem Cell Ethics and the Things We Refuse to Do (December, 2009)

Humans in Frozen Orphanages (December, 2010)

Human Stockpiling (September, 2011)

The Embryo That Grew Up (July, 2012)

Thinking Clearly About Consciousness and Abortion (November, 2012)

Renegade Researchers and the Future of Biomedical Research (July, 2014)

Pondering the Implications of Three-Parent Embryos (April, 2015)

Embryos & the 14-Day Rule (May, 2016)

Orphans in Liquid Nitrogen (November, 2016)

How Does the Catholic Church Resolve New Bioethical Questions (February, 2017)

The Expendable Children (August, 2017)

 

 

• End of Life Decision Making

No Tubes for Me (March, 2006)

Facing Death in Solidarity and Hope (March, 2010)

Towards Passive Euthanasia (April, 2010)

Defending the Dignity of Those with Dementia (October, 2010)

Facing Terminal Illnesses Realistically (November, 2010)

Working through a Hard Death (February, 2011)

Bringing Christ to the Clinic (August, 2011)

Powerlessness, or the Hidden Power in Our Suffering? (May, 2012)

What About Ventilators (June, 2012)

Deciding About Dialysis (September, 2012)

Going Too Far with DNR? (April, 2013)

Proxies and POLSTs (September, 2014)

Can I Donate My Body to Science (June, 2017)

 

• Ensoulment

Do Embryos Have Souls? (March, 2008)

 

• Eugenics

Temptations in Prenatal Testing (August, 2006)

Unconditional Parental Love (December, 2011)

 

• Euthanasia

True Compassion in the Midst of Tragedy (September, 2007)

The Authentic Transformation Of 'Useless' Human Suffering (August, 2009)

Euthanasia - Broken Memories, Broken Bonds (November, 2009)

Facing Death in Solidarity and Hope (March, 2010)

Towards Passive Euthanasia (April, 2010)

What is VSED and Why Should It Matter to Us (May, 2015)

A Higher Standard than for Cats and Dogs (December, 2015)

 

• Feeding Tubes

(See: Artificial Nutrition and Hydration)

 

• Fertility Awareness Based Methods of Achieving or Spacing Pregnancy [FABM's]

A Future Pregnancy Would Be Too Risky (January, 2009)

NFP and the Telos of Sex (May, 2011)

Nickels, Dimes and Family Size (February, 2012)

Considering the Options for Infertile Couples (July, 2017)

 

• Fetal Tissue Harvesting

The Morality of Vaccinating Our Children (August, 2005)

Fetal Farming and the New Slavery (May, 2006)

Consenting to the Unconscionable (August, 2015)

 

• Frozen Embryos

Babies in Test Tubes (December, 2005)

Thawing the Frozen Embryo Myths (July, 2006)

Ethical Blind Spots, Complacency & Nazism (August, 2007)

Fire in the Clinic! (May, 2008) 

Germany and Italy Have Done It — Shouldn't We? (December, 2008)

What Should We Do with the Frozen Embryos? (June, 2009)

Humans in Frozen Orphanages (December, 2010)

Human Stockpiling (September, 2011)

Orphans in Liquid Nitrogen (November, 2016)

        

• Gamete Procurement, Banking & Freezing

Babies in Test Tubes (December, 2005)

Sperm for Sale (April, 2006)

Recapturing the Soul of Bioethics (April, 2007)

Half Human, Half Animal? (June, 2008)

The Ethics Of 'Correcting' Mitochondrial Disease (September, 2009)

When the Kids Grow Up and Find Out About the Test Tubes (August, 2010)

Banking Sperm and Eggs before Cancer Treatments (June, 2015)

Can I Donate My Body to Science (June, 2017)

 

• Genetic Modification

Editing Our Own Genes (May, 2014)

Pondering the Implications of Three-Parent Embryos (April, 2015)

 

• Health Care Proxy/Surrogate

Should I Have a Living Will? (February, 2007)

Proxies and POLSTs (September, 2014)

 

• Homosexuality & "Gay Marriage"

Sex & Little Pills: Viagra and Birth Control (August, 2008)

Gay Genes & Chastity (July, 2011)

Facing the Downstream Effects of Same-Sex Parenting (March, 2013)

Perversions and Purposes in Human Sexuality (June, 2013)

Discrimination and Human Genital Sexuality (March, 2014)

Redefining Marriage (October, 2014)

Jailed for Defending Marriage (September, 2015)

The Mystery of Male-Female Complementarity (October, 2015)

I'm Not Intrinsically Disordered (March, 2017)

Sex in Accord with Reason (September, 2017)

 

• Human Sexuality

Babies in Test Tubes (December, 2005)

Thinking about Sex and Marital Surrender (March, 2007)

Contraceptive Contradictions (July, 2007)

A Future Pregnancy Would Be Too Risky (January, 2009)

The Twisted Logic Underlying Abortion (July, 2009)

Vaccinating Our Children for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (November, 2011)

The Premarital Sex Test Drive (January, 2012)

Perversions and Purposes in Human Sexuality (June, 2013)

Sex, Truth & the Illumination of Our Guilt (November, 2013)

Discrimination and Human Genital Sexuality (March, 2014)

The Mystery of Male-Female Complementarity (October, 2015)

Thinking Through the Temptation of Cohabitation (January, 2017)

I'm Not Intrinsically Disordered (March, 2017)

Sex in Accord with Reason (September, 2017)

 

• "Imposing" Our Beliefs

"Imposing our Beliefs" on Others (September, 2005)

 

• Infertility

Germany and Italy Have Done It — Shouldn't We? (December, 2008)

Parental Desires, Children and IVF (March, 2009)

How Does the Catholic Church Resolve New Bioethical Questions (February, 2017)

Considering the Options for Infertile Couples (July, 2017)
 

• Informed Consent

Bodies in Plastic (November, 2006)

Procuring Organs Over My Dead Body (May, 2010)

Consenting to the Unconscionable (August, 2015)

 

• Intersex

Seeing through the Intersex Confusion (June, 2016)

 

• Intrauterine Insemination

Sperm for Sale (April, 2006)

When the Kids Grow Up and Find Out About the Test Tubes (August, 2010)

Artificial Insemination (August, 2014)

Considering the Options for Infertile Couples (July, 2017)

 

• In Vitro Fertilization

Babies in Test Tubes (December, 2005)

Sperm for Sale (April, 2006)

Thinking about Sex and Marital Surrender (March, 2007)

Recapturing the Soul of Bioethics (April, 2007)

Ethical Blind Spots, Complacency & Nazism (August, 2007)

Germany and Italy Have Done It — Shouldn't We? (December, 2008)

Parental Desires, Children and IVF (March, 2009)

The Ethics Of 'Correcting' Mitochondrial Disease (September, 2009)

When the Kids Grow Up and Find Out About the Test Tubes (August, 2010)

The Multiple Moral Problems of Surrogacy (October, 2016)

How Does the Catholic Church Resolve New Bioethical Questions (February, 2017)

Considering the Options for Infertile Couples (July, 2017)

The Expendable Children (August, 2017)

 

• Law and Ethics

"Imposing our Beliefs" on Others (September, 2005)

Recapturing the Soul of Bioethics (April, 2007)

Voting to Make a Difference (September, 2008)

Germany and Italy Have Done It — Shouldn't We? (December, 2008)

Verbal Engineering & the Swaying of Public Conscience (February, 2009)

Procuring Organs Over My Dead Body (May, 2010)

Debating Birth Control in the Public Square (February, 2013)

The Morality and Wisdom of Incremental Legislation (May, 2013)

Doping Athletes (May, 2017)

 

• Living Wills

Should I Have a Living Will? (February, 2007)

Going Too Far with DNR? (April, 2013)

Proxies and POLSTs (September, 2014)

 

• Masturbation

Perversions and Purposes in Human Sexuality (June, 2013)

Sex in Accord with Reason (September, 2017)

 

• Maternal-Fetal Conflicts

(See: Pregnancy Dilemmas)

 

• Medical Profession — Ethics & Pastoral/Spiritual

True Compassion in the Midst of Tragedy (September, 2007)

When Ideology Corrupts Science and Medicine (February, 2008)

Medicine and the True Cost of Being in Denial (January, 2010)

Facing Death in Solidarity and Hope (March, 2010)

Bringing Christ to the Clinic (August, 2011)

The Ethics of New Age Medicine (April, 2017)

Doping Athletes (May, 2017)

Can I Donate My Body to Science (June, 2017)

 

• Mitochondrial Diseases

The Ethics Of 'Correcting' Mitochondrial Disease (September, 2009)

 

• Natural Family Planning

(See: Fertility Awareness Based Methods of Spacing and Achieving Pregnancy [FABM's])

 

• Natural Law

Making Truthful Choices of Conscience (November, 2008)

Verbal Engineering & the Swaying of Public Conscience (February, 2009)

Thinking about Moral Absolutes (May, 2009)

Clear Ethical Thinking & Relativism (January, 2011)

Black & White, or Gray? (April, 2012)

Universal Morality and the Natural Law (August, 2013)

It’s Not Wrong, If It Feels Right! (December, 2016)

 

• Needle Exchange Programs

Safe Injection Sites & Tackling IV Drug Abuse (July, 2008)

 

• Neurological Criterion for Determination of Death

(See: Brain Death)

 

• Obesity

Medical Assistance with the Battle of the Bulge (February, 2015)

 

• Ordinary/Extraordinary Means

(See: Proportionate/Disproportionate Means)

 

• Organ Donation & Transplantation

Brain Dead Means Dead (November, 2005)

Recapturing the Soul of Bioethics (April, 2007)

Procuring Organs Over My Dead Body (May, 2010)

Can I Donate My Body to Science (June, 2017)

 

• Pain Management, Palliative Care & Hospice

The Authentic Transformation Of 'Useless' Human Suffering (August, 2009)

Euthanasia - Broken Memories, Broken Bonds (November, 2009)

Facing Terminal Illnesses Realistically (November, 2010)

Working through a Hard Death (February, 2011)

Physician-Assisted Suicide and Confronting Our Fears (November, 2014)

 

• Parenting

Temptations in Prenatal Testing (August, 2006)

Thinking about Sex and Marital Surrender (March, 2007)

Fire in the Clinic! (May, 2008)

Half Human, Half Animal? (June, 2008)

Parental Desires, Children and IVF (March, 2009)

How Men Are Harmed by Abortion (March, 2010)

Unconditional Parental Love (December, 2011)

Facing the Downstream Effects of Same-Sex Parenting (March, 2013)

Thinking Through the Temptation of Cohabitation (January, 2017)

Sex in Accord with Reason (September, 2017)

 

• Persistent Vegetative State

Brain Dead Means Dead (November, 2005)

Feeding Our Loved Ones & the Anathema of Living With Brain Damage (January, 2008)

Towards Passive Euthanasia (April, 2010)

 

• Physician Assisted Suicide

The Authentic Transformation Of 'Useless' Human Suffering (August, 2009)

Assisted Suicide Ledge (October, 2012)

Physician-Assisted Suicide and Confronting Our Fears (November, 2014)

 

• POLST Forms

Proxies and POLSTs (September, 2014)

 

• Pornography

The Darkened Eye of Pornography (September, 2013)

Talking to Kids About Porn and Human Sexuality (August, 2016)

Leaving Our Values at the Door of the Strip Club (September, 2016)

 

• Pregnancy Dilemmas

A Future Pregnancy Would Be Too Risky (January, 2009)

When Pregnancy Goes Awry (October, 2009)

Difficult Pregnancies, Precarious Choices, & the Absolute Value of Innocent Lives (July, 2010)

Ethical Directives and the Care of Pregnant Women in Catholic Hospitals (December, 2013)

Considering the Options for Infertile Couples (July, 2017)

 

• Premarital Sex

The Premarital Sex Test Drive (January, 2012)

Thinking Through the Temptation of Cohabitation (January, 2017)

 

• Prenatal Testing

Temptations in Prenatal Testing (August, 2006)

Unconditional Parental Love (December, 2011)

 

• Prophylactic Mastectomy

Drastic Measures & Cancer Decisions (March, 2011)

 

• Proportionate/Disproportionate Means

No Tubes for Me (March, 2006)

Are Feeding Tubes Required? (December, 2006)

Feeding Our Loved Ones & the Anathema of Living With Brain Damage (January, 2008)

Towards Passive Euthanasia (April, 2010)

Facing Terminal Illnesses Realistically (November, 2010)

Deciding About Dialysis (September, 2012)

What About Ventilators (June, 2012)

Going Too Far with DNR? (April, 2013)

  

• Research Ethics

Good Ends, Evil Means & Fraudulent Science (January, 2006)

How Does the Catholic Church Resolve New Bioethical Questions (February, 2017)

Can I Donate My Body to Science (June, 2017)

The Expendable Children (August, 2017)

 

• Respect for the Remains of the Dead

Bodies in Plastic (November, 2006)

Consenting to the Unconscionable (August, 2015)

Cremains and Respect for the Human Body (July, 2016)

Can I Donate My Body to Science (June, 2017)

 

• RU-486

Undoing a Chemical Abortion (March, 2015)

 

• Same Sex Parenting

Facing the Downstream Effects of Same-Sex Parenting (March, 2013)

 

• Science & Religion

"Imposing our Beliefs" on Others (September, 2005)

Theology, or Embryology? (February, 2006)

When Ideology Corrupts Science and Medicine (February, 2008)

Are Science and Religion Really Enemies? (October, 2008)

How Does the Catholic Church Resolve New Bioethical Questions (February, 2017)

 

• Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault and Abortion (January, 2007)

Getting It Right the Morning After (November, 2007)

 

• Sex Education

Facing the Downstream Effects of Same-Sex Parenting (March, 2013)

Sex, Truth & the Illumination of Our Guilt (November, 2013)

Parents and “Sex Ed” (November, 2015)

 

• Stem Cells

Novel Ideas for Stem Cells Without Embryos (July, 2005)

Good Ends, Evil Means & Fraudulent Science (January, 2006)

Theology, or Embryology? (February, 2006)

Fetal Farming and the New Slavery (May, 2006)

Thawing the Frozen Embryo Myths (July, 2006)

Guilt-Free Pluripotent Stem Cells? (September, 2006)

Recapturing the Soul of Bioethics (April, 2007)

Debating the Embryo's Fate (June, 2007)

The Holy Grail of Reprogramming - A New Era for Stem Cells (December, 2007)

Half Human, Half Animal? (June, 2008)

The Obama Stem Cell Darkness (April, 2009)

Stem Cell Ethics and the Things We Refuse to Do (December, 2009)

Spinning Stem Cell Fairy Tales (September, 2010)

Renegade Researchers and the Future of Biomedical Research (July, 2014)

How Does the Catholic Church Resolve New Bioethical Questions (February, 2017)

 

• Sterilization

A Future Pregnancy Would Be Too Risky (January, 2009)

To Give or Not to Give (October, 2011)

A Path of Renewal for Sterilized Couples (April, 2014)

 

• Suffering

The Authentic Transformation Of 'Useless' Human Suffering (August, 2009)

Euthanasia - Broken Memories, Broken Bonds (November, 2009)

Facing Death in Solidarity and Hope (March, 2010)

Towards Passive Euthanasia (April, 2010)

Defending the Dignity of Those with Dementia (October, 2010)

Facing Terminal Illnesses Realistically (November, 2010)

Powerlessness, or the Hidden Power in Our Suffering? (May, 2012)

 

 • Surrogacy

The Multiple Moral Problems of Surrogacy (October, 2016)

 

• Tattoos

Taboos and Tattoos (December, 2012)

 

• Test Tube Babies

(See: In Vitro Fertilization) 

 

• Transgender

Discrimination and Human Genital Sexuality (March, 2014)

Are Womb Transplants Immoral? (December, 2014)

Changing My Body To “Match” My “Identity?" (July, 2015)
 

• Tubal Ligations

(See: Sterilization)

 

• Universal Morality

Verbal Engineering & the Swaying of Public Conscience (February, 2009)

Thinking about Moral Absolutes (May, 2009)

Difficult Pregnancies, Precarious Choices, & the Absolute Value of Innocent Lives (July, 2010)

Clear Ethical Thinking & Relativism (January, 2011)

Black & White, or Gray? (April, 2012)

Universal Morality and the Natural Law (August, 2013)

It’s Not Wrong, If It Feels Right! (December, 2016)

How Does the Catholic Church Resolve New Bioethical Questions (February, 2017)

 

• Uterine Transplants

(See: Womb Transplants)

 

• Vaccines & Vaccinations

The Morality of Vaccinating Our Children (August, 2005)

Vaccinating Our Children for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (November, 2011)

 

• Vasectomy

(See: Sterilization)

 

• Vegetative State

(See: Persistent Vegetative State)

 

• Ventilators

What About Ventilators (June, 2012)

 

• Viagra

Sex & Little Pills: Viagra and Birth Control (August, 2008)

 

• Voting & Ethics

Voting to Make a Difference (September, 2008)

 

• Womb Transplants

Are Womb Transplants Immoral? (December, 2014)