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Can we pay others to donate a kidney?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Often we envision donating our organs after we are dead, but we can also choose to become an organ donor while we are alive if we share part of our liver or donate one of our kidneys. The proposal to ...

Promethean medical temptations Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Superheroes attract us. From Greek gods to Superman and Spiderman, our fascination with the awesome deeds of superheroes beckons us to become masters of our own destiny. Yet even as we enjoy the fantasy ...

Consenting to sexFather Tad Pacholczyk

Recent news articles exploring the post #MeToo world of romance have noted the phenomenon of cell phone "consent apps," allowing millennials to sign digital contracts before they have sex with their peers, ...

Cowboys, infertility and deeper moral questions Father 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' lawsuitsFather 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 suicide Father 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 liberationFather 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 ...