Stating the Obvious: Robots are not Persons

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Robo Ethics: Humans Machines and Health The workshop of the Pontifical Academy for Life in 2019 engaged with a theme more typical of science fiction than for bioethics. It was pointed out that the word robot comes from the Slavic languages with the connotation of doing repetitive and unintelligent work. Experts in robotics brought in…

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HLI on 2018’s Dublin World Meeting of Families

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HLI Represents Life, Though WMF Ignored Referendum  Human Life International Ireland (HLI) was present at the 2018 Dublin World Meeting of Families (WMF), the first one organized by the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life of the Roman Curia and the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. Pope Francis came to conclude the event with a…

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Conscience and Health Care Workers

This is the second of Dr. Joseph Meaney’s five-part series on conscience, the second installment in HLI’s Educational Series. We invite you to read our other series on contraception, or to listen to Dr. Meaney’s recent short talk on conscience with HLI staff and leadership. In this publication I will discuss the important question of…

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A Good Death

I flew home to be with my mother and sisters after a terrible phone call announced that my frail papa had suffered a fall with fractured ribs and a heart attack. The call came on Friday and I was in another world on Monday, leaving Europe behind to return to South Texas. I went from…

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The Hidden Agendas Within Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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We should all be concerned about the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals[i] (SDGs). What are they? A series of worldwide “development” goals and targets conceived and promoted by the UN for the period 2015-2030 as an expansion and follow-up to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2000-2015. Though they have not been completely finalized…

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The British Supreme Court Blundered in Scottish Midwives Case


It had the makings of a great and inspirational movie until the final scene. Two fearless Scottish midwives take on the government bureaucracy of the National Health Service and the powerful hospital that employs them on a matter of the highest principle. Our heroes, the perfectly-named Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood, scrape together the funds…

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