Category: Pro-Life

The Subtle Promotion of Death

To mark the occasion—for some a highly anticipated (and caloric) event, and for some, more forgettable—why not bring Christian reflection to the Super Bowl? The Internet, blogosphere, and news networks are abuzz with the current Tim Tebow Abortion Commercial Controversy—coming...

/ February 1, 2010

The Pauline Principle and Stupak’s Consistency: Critiquing Matt Yglesias

First, read the NY Times piece on Bart Stupak if you don’t know already who he is and why he’s (currently) famous. The article highlights two sides of his resistance to the current health care bill: his Catholic faith and...

/ January 8, 2010

The Uneasy Union: Social Conservatives’ Place in the Republican Party

Last Thursday, Maggie Gallagher pronounced that the trouble with social conservatives is that they “have had bad models for political action” and that they “lack institutions that can defeat our enemies and directly assist our friends.” Gallagher’s analysis is interesting...

/ May 26, 2009

George Bush’s Ethical Modesty

A few months ago, I claimed that modesty is an essential virtue for bioethicists, but was unsure what shape such modesty might take: What does modesty look like in bioethics?  I’m not sure, but the weight of such decisions demands...

/ December 29, 2007

Still Not Satisfactory: Responding to the Stem Cell News

The big news today was the breakthrough in stem cell research. The short story is that a third way has been found between adult stem cells and the embroyotic stem cells, the use of which is at best morally questionable. ...

/ November 20, 2007

Moral Federalism: Does A President’s Abortion Policy Matter?

George F. Will says “no.” Many, perhaps most, Americans, foggy about the workings of their government, think that overturning Roe would make abortion, one of the nation’s most common surgical procedures, illegal everywhere. All it actually would do is restore...

/ October 30, 2007

Washington Briefing Dispatch: Straw Poll Results

This is going to be all over the web in, oh, 30 seconds or so, so I figured I’d announce it here at Mere-O as well. The top four issues that voters said was important to them: 1) Life 2)...

/ October 20, 2007

Washington Briefing Dispatch: Rick Santorum

Not much of interest to me happening this afternoon, except hearing from Stephen Colbert lookalike Rick Santorum (HT: Amy Hall for pointing out the remarkable similarity). Eloquent and intelligent, Santorum is more presidential–that is, he carries himself with a gravity...

/ October 19, 2007

The Politicization of Bioethics

The NY Times reported last Wednesday that three former Surgeon Generals had felt pressure from their respective administrations to suppress stories for political reasons. The story was a precursor to the Senate confirmation hearings of Dr. James W. Holsinger, Jr.,...

/ July 16, 2007

Ethical Modesty in the Face of New Challenges

Remember Terri Schiavo? Like Schiavo, Jesse Ramirez, a gulf war veteran who was comatose as a result of a car accident, was slated to have his feeding tubes removed.  They were taken out for five days but then replaced when...

/ June 29, 2007