Richard M. Doerflinger
Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
A recent argument that abortion providers deserve the same legal protection as pro-life medical providers is philosophically flawed and ignores legal and popular consensus on the evil of abortion.
Date posted: 2014-03-18
American abortion rates are falling significantly. Although the Guttmacher Institute tries to hide the chief causes of this trend, cutting through the spin reveals that pro-life laws and attitudes help reduce the abortion rate and the abortion ratio.
Date posted: 2014-03-16
Many women are pressured toward abortion, and they need our help. The pressures are partly, but only partly, economic in nature. Women are influenced by husbands, boyfriends, parents and friends, and by a culture and legal system that tells them the child they carry has no rights and is of no consequence.
Date posted: 2008-10-17
So what would I say if a couple of my acquaintance said, "We'd like to have a daughter by cloning"? What's wrong with that? My first questions might be: "What do you mean, 'we'? What do you mean, 'daughter'?" These terms suddenly become unclear, because cloning is so radically different from any reproductive method we have seen in humans. The nucleus from a human body cell is transferred into an egg whose nucleus has been removed or inactivated. The resulting cell is stimulated by an electric pulse to begin human development. There is no fertilization of egg by sperm, no uniting of male and female - this is asexual reproduction, generally found in lower forms of life.
Date posted: 2008-09-25
In a March 20 address, Pope John Paul II made a very significant contribution to an ethical debate that has troubled Catholic ethicists in the United States and elsewhere for many years: The feeding of patients diagnosed as being in a "vegetative" state.
Date posted: 2004-05-24
It is increasingly clear that the debate on human cloning is not just about the human embryo -- it is not about disagreements on "when life begins." It is about an agenda for treating some classes of human beings, potentially at any stage of development, as "manufactures" and thus as mere commodities in an age of biotechnology. The prospect raised by these developments is nothing less than a new form of slavery, in which one class of humanity can produce and exploit (perhaps even buy and sell) other humans for profit, all in the name of human progress. It remains to be seen how many members of Congress will realize what kind of Brave New World is on the horizon -- due in part to their own inaction.
Date posted: 2004-05-14