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Genetic privacy: Should law enforcement have access to your newborn's blood?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Many parents and concerned citizens would probably be surprised to learn that their children's blood samples are being accessed by law enforcement agencies without their knowledge or consent. In ...

Rapid onset gender dysphoria Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In recent years, the number of young people with gender dysphoria, or extreme discomfort in one's biological sex, has skyrocketed in the U.S. and Western Europe. Professor Lisa Littman, a researcher ...

What about synthetic embryos?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Embryonic stem cells have held out a certain appeal and promise because they are remarkably flexible. Researchers can make various cell types out of them, whether nerve cells or pancreatic islet cells, ...

Setting a moral vision as parents Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

When I was recently visiting with friends, a group of young girls was playing in a neighboring yard. Every few minutes, for more than an hour, one of them would scream at the very top of her lungs. A ...

Holding the line on brain deathFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

How do we determine that someone has died? The Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA), which has been an important part of the medical and legal landscape in the U.S. for more than 40 years, states: "An ...

Young women giving themselves away for nothing Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

As internet pornography continues to make inroads into the daily lives of millions, greater numbers of young women are making the decision to participate in its production, with some even seeing it as ...

Dissolving the deadFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In recent years, a number of U.S. states have legalized a new way to process human corpses that some have called "dissolving the dead." Its technical name is "alkaline hydrolysis," but it is also known ...

Did I make the right choices as dad was dying? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Sometimes people will contact the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) wondering if the decisions they made on behalf of a dying family member were the right ones. The NCBC provides a free Ethics ...

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