Professor Richard Dawkins has been pontificating again, this time taking a break from his busy schedule to condemn parents who refuse to conform to the culture of death. On Twitter yesterday he said parents who had had a diagnosis of Down's syndrome in pregnancy should “abort it and try again.” It was “immoral” not to terminate the foetus at this point.
Most of the major newspapers have highlighted the news from Italy of an impending court battle between two different sets of ‘parents’, fighting over soon-to-be-born twins. An Italian woman is shortly to give birth to twins from embryos that were implanted at a fertility clinic during IVF treatment, but, as a result of a mistake, she was implanted with another couple’s embryos. The pregnant woman has – not surprisingly – said she will fight to keep the babies, despite a legal challenge to hand them over.
The Spanish missionary priest who was infected with Ebola, has died. Miguel Pajares, who got infected in Liberia, died in his native Spain. He died just a few days after arriving, and after agreeing to an experimental treatment.
An aeronautical engineer is plotting her next move in what has been a six-year battle to see the rights of donor-conceived children enshrined in law.
The story of baby Gammy and his “surrogate” mother has captured the world’s attention, highlighting just how complex and fraught commercial surrogacy arrangements can be. It also shows Australia is right to prohibit commercial surrogacy – and why other countries should do the same.
An Australian couple has abandoned a Down syndrome baby born to a surrogate mother in Thailand — and now there is a race against time to save him from dying in abject poverty. Please pray for "Gammy" his birth mother tries to raise money for a series of operations and to help her care for the baby boy.
Does your birth certificate really tell the truth about your birth? For most, the answer to this will of course be yes. But for some people, the answer will actually be no. Emma Creswell is one of perhaps 70,000 children in Britain who have been born through donor conception and who have birth certificates that do not reflect their genetic parentage. She only found this out by chance.
Today (25 July) is not only the feast day of St. James the Apostle, but it is also the anniversary of the release of Humanae Vitae - the encyclical which reaffirmed the Catholic Church's teachings on marriage and contraception. Watch this video to learn more about the importance of this document!
Euthanasia Yes or No? A Debate with Dr. Philip Nitschke and (Then) Bishop Elect Anthony Fisher. The moral question at the heart of this debate is the following: Is killing with the intention of preventing pain or other distress justifiable? This topic brought over 900 listeners in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney on 12 August 2003.
Catholic hospitals, doctors, nurses and the Church's international aid and development agency, Caritas Internationalis not only care for more than 25% of the estimated 38 million living with AIDS/HIV worldwide, but have been at the forefront in the battle since the first cases were reported back in the early 1980s.
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