Biomedicine and Beatitude
An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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...“In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes 5:18). I have been writing this book for some time now, and many persons have contributed to this project over the years.First, I would like to thank David McGonagle of the Catholic Uni-versity of America Press, and Romanus Cessario, O.P., the general editor ...
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On November 21, 1964, Pope Paul VI solemnly promulgated the Sec-ond Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen gen-tium, which articulated the Church’s self-understanding about her nature and her universal mission. In essence, according to the Council Fathers, the Church is a sacrament of unity, “a sign and instrument, that is, of ...
1. Bioethics and the Pursuit of Beatitude
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According to a widely used textbook in the tradition of secular bioeth-ics, the field of bioethics has a recent provenance. The textbook traces the founding of the field to an influential article authored by Dan Callahan in 1974 entitled “Bioethics as a Discipline.”one.superior As contemporary histories of bioethics often do, however, the text fails to acknowledge the long tradi-...
2. Bioethics at the Beginning of Life
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...vey, then using the fictitious name “Jane Roe,” sued the State of Texas to challenge a state law that prohibited abortions except in those cases where the mother’s life is in danger. Three years later, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Texan law in its landmark decision, Roe v. Wade, and ruled in favor of Roe’s right to an abortion.one.superior Appealing to a right of priva-...
3. Bioethics and Human Procreation
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It has been more than thirty years since Louise Joy Brown, the world’s first baby conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) in a laboratory, was born in England on July 25, 1978. Since then, IVF and the other assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have radically changed the procreative landscape of contemporary society.one.superior Today, a postmenopausal sixty-year-...
4. Bioethics and the Clinical Encounter
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In the United States, the conviction that the patient is ultimately re-sponsible for making the health-care decisions that involve him—a con-viction already articulated in the Nuremberg Code written after World War II to protect the basic rights of patients and research subjects—was codified into law with the passage of the Patient Self-Determination Act ...
5. Bioethics at the End of Life
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Since its publication in two medical journals in the United States in 2005, the Groningen Protocol developed in the Netherlands for the kill-ing of a newborn infant who, in the judgment of his physicians, is expe-riencing unbearable suf_fering, has generated much controversy.one.superior The pro-tocol has five criteria: First, the suf_fering of the child must be so hopeless ...
6. Bioethics, Organ Donation, and Transplantation
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On May 23, 2004, the New York Times published a story that described the sale of a kidney in an international organ trafficking ring that op-erated in Israel, South Africa, and Brazil.one.superior Mr. Alberty Jose da Silva, a thirty-eight-year-old slum resident living in Recife, Brazil, was flown to South Africa, where he sold his kidney for six thousand dollars to an Is-...
7. Research Bioethics from the Bench to the Bedside
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On May 16, 1997, President Bill Clinton apologized to the eight re-maining survivors of a government-funded syphilis study, conducted be-tween 1932 and 1972, in Tuskegee, Alabama, by the U.S. Public Health Service.one.superior The nearly four hundred participants who had been enrolled in the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, most of whom were poor, illiterate, African ...
8. Catholic Bioethics in a Pluralistic Society
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On Friday, February 27, 2009, the new administration of President Barack Obama announced that it intended to rescind a Bush administra-tion rule granting broad protections to doctors, nurses, and other health-care workers who refuse to perform or assist in abortions or in steriliza-tion procedures because of their religious beliefs or moral convictions.one.superior ...
Appendix: Church Documents on Bioethics
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Page Count: 344
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: Catholic moral thought