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Life Affirming Choices

Peter Colosi is featured in a new video, “Life Affirming Choices,” produced for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The movie looks at end-of-life ethical issues by focusing on the story of a young man, Brenden Flynn, who suffered a significant brain injury in an accident when he was eighteen. Colosi and several other provide a theoretical […]


Biotechnology and the spirituality of St. Francis

At the 2013 Life and Learning Conference in San Francisco, William Hurlbut, Ph.D., gave a memorable plenary talk called ““Stem Cells, Eggs and Embryos: the Controversy Continues.” A friend recently told me about a talk that Dr. Hurlbut gave called “Biotechnology & The Spirituality of Saint Francis.” Here is a link to the audio of the […]

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Brain Death pro and con

Not all members of UFL agree on every aspect of the pro-life cause. This was evident at one of the sessions during the UFL Life and Learning Conference in June. There were two presentations, one against brain death as a criterion for allowing the removal of organs for transplant and the other for. The first talk, […]

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Three by Silecchia

UFL member Lucia A. Silecchia has three recent publications: In “The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Reflections on Four Flaws that Tarnish its Promise,” Silecchia  critiques, among other things, the way in which the Convention fails to protect the dignity of all human life. Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, Vol. 30, […]

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Two brain-death cases

There have been two medical cases recently which involved the diagnosed brain-death of a patient. The first case is that of Jahi McMath, the 13-year old California girl who was declared brain dead by the doctors and then was handed over to her family for care. As this article in the National Catholic Register details, […]

Bioethics Conferences University Faculty for Life

CMA Bootcamp 2013

Peter Colosi, UFL member and a professor of philosophy and moral theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, has been actively involved in the development of an ethics boot camp for medical students sponsored by the Catholic Medical Association. Here is a video highlighting the first one, held this summer.

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Secular biomedical ethics journals

I discovered this list of secular biomedical ethics journals on the NIH web page. It includes a link to this list of journals, books, and other resources on the Canadian Centre for Applied Ethics web page. If you are interested in substantial dialogue with a variety of perspectives on life issues, this would be a good place to […]


BioEdge–Bioethics News from Around the World

BioEdge isn’t a scholarly site, but it does sometimes point to research and studies. Also, it helps us keep abreast of developments “on the ground.” There are also comment discussions of each post.

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Kaczor’s New Book

Chris Kaczor, professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, recently published A Defense of Dignity: Creating Life, Destroying Life, and Protecting the Rights of Conscience (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013) as part of the Notre Dame Studies in Medical Ethics series. The book addresses beginning- and end-of-life issues in light of the […]

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Pregnancy in the case of rape?

People who are doing research in the area of pregnancy resulting from rape may want to be aware of and respond to a blog post on the web page that calls into question the idea that the distress from rape suppresses ovulation. The article states: “As controversial as the subject of abortion is, irrespective of […]