The Troubles with Transhumanism

By Brian Clowes, PhD / May 27, 2020 /
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Most transhumanists emphasize only the benefits that their movement would supposedly bring to the human race.  Perhaps they omit possible problems because, like all Culture of Death movements, they lack even the most fundamental understanding of human nature.  So their primary problem seems to be not dishonesty, but ignorance.   #1. Devastating War? Ever since…

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Surrogate Motherhood

By Brian Clowes, PhD / April 30, 2020 /
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In essence, [surrogacy] is the ultimate manifestation of the neoliberal project of capitalist commodification of all life to create profit and fulfill the narcissistic desires of an entitled elite. ~Kathleen Sloan, director of the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women.1   What Is Surrogacy? Surrogate motherhood is the oldest form of assisted reproduction.…

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Trusting God through Infertility

By Susan Ciancio / December 11, 2019 /

What are good and faithful Catholics supposed to do when they encounter the anguish or despair in life that comes from an inability to do something they desperately want and that seems so natural—like having children? How should we apply our ability to trust to a situation like this? Proverbs 3:5 tells us: “Trust in…

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church on IVF

By Susan Ciancio / May 22, 2019 /
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Nowhere else on earth except on a skinny white plastic stick can two vertical lines create such immense joy. What’s represented by those two lines—the culmination of marital love and unity—is the fulfillment of long-held hopes and dreams. Indeed, they often evoke tears of happiness and maybe even a little victory dance. These two lines…

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5 Facts about Altruistic Surrogacy

By HLI Staff / February 4, 2019 /

Surrogacy is the process of conceiving a child by in vitro fertilization (IVF) or artificial insemination, then implanting the embryo in the womb of a woman (called the surrogate) who is not the intended mother of the child. Once the child is born, the surrogate gives the child to the intended parents. Altruistic surrogacy is a…

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The 7 “Pros” and Cons of Surrogacy

By HLI Staff / February 4, 2019 /

Surrogacy: Some Background Info This article is meant to be an overview of the types of surrogacy that are being discussed openly in the public square, so Catholics may be informed of the types of surrogacy and ethical issues surrounding them. It must be stated right from the outset that there are no true “pros”…

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Problems Modern Gynecology Creates, Then Ignores

By HLI Staff / March 10, 2017 /
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  As tensions increase between the pro-choice and pro-life movements, it’s important to remember our objective. We must keep in mind not only that we are seeking life but also that we are following God’s law. There are four main issues in gynecology which directly contradicts God’s law. Abortion destroys a child’s right to life;…

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Artificial Reproductive Technology: Constructing a Dystopia

By Denise Hunnell, MD / May 1, 2014 /
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( — Both the 1932 novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and the 1997 science fiction movie “Gattaca” are classified as dystopias because they depict societies riddled with misery, tragedy, and a dehumanizing culture. Both attribute this decline in civilization to manipulations of human genetics and perversions of human reproduction. In Brave New World…

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An Integral Defense of Life

By Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro / May 29, 2012 /

The following comments were adapted from a speech given on May 12, 2012 as part of Italy’s March for Life weekend celebration. In the defense of life, it is absolutely essential that we are committed to the abolition of all laws and judicial decisions that would permit even a single abortion. But we have to…

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