Catholic Bioethics and the Moral Treatment of Human Beings

By Susan Ciancio / June 25, 2021 /
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Respect, compassion, care, kindness, empathy, and love. These actions come about when people recognize the inherent dignity in every person. And nowhere is it more important to understand people’s inherent dignity than in a capacity where someone has to take care of another or provide for his well-being. This occurs most often in the medical…

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Reject Eugenics, and Instead Build a Civilization of Love

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / May 31, 2021 /

“Every child who a woman expects in her womb is a gift that changes a family’s history: the life of fathers and mothers, grandparents and of brothers and sisters. That child needs to be welcomed, loved and nurtured. Always!” ─ Pope Francis, World Down Syndrome Day 2021 In 2014, the famous scientist and militant atheist…

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Shouldn’t Abortion be Allowed for Serious or Fatal Birth Defects?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / April 7, 2021 /

  “A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members.” ~ Pope Saint John Paul II 1 Of the many reasons that women give for having abortions, the justification of birth defects is the most understandable, especially if the child is not expected to live. Women considering abortion for fatal or…

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Margaret Sanger’s Little-Known Connection to the Klu Klux Klan

By Sofia Infante / March 24, 2021 /
KKK (Ku Klux Klan) night rally in Chicago circa 1920

The adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” is especially relevant in the case of a photo taken of Margaret Sanger giving a speech to the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey in 1926. The authenticity of the photo is debated, but what is beyond question is that Sanger’s deeply held racist…

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The Mindset Behind Therapeutic Abortions

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / March 1, 2021 /

“It is true that the decision to have an abortion is often tragic and painful for the mother, insofar as the decision to rid herself of the fruit of conception is not made for purely selfish reasons or out of convenience, but out of a desire to protect certain important values such as her own…

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Eugenic Sterilization Laws in the U.S.

By Susan Ciancio / December 3, 2020 /
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Fear and a lack of understanding often cause people to do unthinkable things. The advent of eugenic sterilization in twentieth-century America is one example. Let’s take a step back to the 1880s and briefly meet Sir Francis Galton. Galton was an anthropologist, a sociologist, and a psychologist. He was also a eugenicist. Eugenics is the…

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Modern-Day Eugenics: Who Lives and Who Dies?

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / November 30, 2020 /

In the early 20th century, eugenics was widely supported among the educated classes all across the West. Eugenicists fancied themselves benefactors of the human race, putting to use the most cutting-edge science to eradicate human suffering, and to “improve” the human race. By giving nature a helping hand, carefully encouraging the reproduction of the “fittest”…

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Poland Shuts the Door on Eugenic Abortion

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / November 1, 2020 /

Good news in the fight against the culture of death is all too rare. But today, we have extremely good news from the homeland of the “pope of life,” St. John Paul II. Just days ago, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal removed one of the few remaining exceptions to that country’s abortion law, ruling that abortions in…

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The Racism of Eugenics

By Brian Clowes, PhD / July 21, 2020 /
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At the moment, it is probable that the indirect effect of civilization is dysgenic instead of eugenic; and in any case it seems likely that the dead weight of genetic stupidity, physical weakness, mental instability, and disease-proneness, which already exist in the human species, will prove too great a burden for real progress to be…

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The Early History of the Eugenics Movement

By Brian Clowes, PhD / June 30, 2020 /

The eugenic movement, therefore, cannot be a short campaign like many political or social movements. It is, rather, like the founding and development of Christianity, something to be handed on from age to age. ~”Report of the President of the American Eugenics Society, Inc.,” 1926.   As this short history of the eugenics movement shows,…

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