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Cowboys, infertility and deeper moral questionsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Most people still remember the story of Nadya Suleman, dubbed "Octomom," a single woman who used in vitro fertilization to become pregnant with eight babies simultaneously. Suleman had asked her fertility ...

The wrong-headedness of "wrongful birth" lawsuits Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

At its core, the idea of a "wrongful birth" claim is unreasonable and ethically incoherent. Parents who bring these lawsuits against obstetricians and hospitals claim that medical professionals should ...

To be or not to be -- parsing the implications of suicideFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In recent years we have witnessed a growing tendency to promote suicide as a way of resolving end-stage suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in a handful of states and a number of other ...

The 'bitter pill' of false liberation Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A major study published on Dec. 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that hormonal contraception increases the risk of breast cancer for women. The research used all of Denmark as its sample, ...

Destroying my freedom -- in the name of freedom?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In an August 2015 column in The Washington Post, George F. Will argued in favor of physician-assisted suicide, summing up his perspective this way: "There is nobility in ...affirming at the end the distinctive ...

When is it a sin to make a referral? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

During World War II, if a contractor had been asked to construct a building knowing that it would serve as a gas chamber in Auschwitz, it goes without saying that he ought not agree to do it. By laying ...

The 'Expendable Children'Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization (IVF) industry for assistance. In some cases, they can end up feeling they are "too pregnant" when ...

Considering the options for infertile couples Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

When Catholic couples experience trouble getting pregnant, they often seek medical help and begin to research what options are available to them. A number of moral considerations and questions generally ...