Category Archives: Reproductive Technololoy

Can late stage abortions be murder ? Standard

Dr. Nicola Riley is being held without bail in Utah following her arrest on December 28. 2011. She worked for Dr. Steven Brigham in New Jersey, who owns abortion clinics.   Both of them have been charged with the crime of murder for performing late-term abortions in Maryland. Their apparent modus operandi was to “start” abortions in New Jersey and complete them in Maryland where abortion laws are less stringent. Maryland has a Fetal Homicide Law that permits murder charges to be brought against people who “intend to cause the death of a viable fetus, yet specifically excludes physicians carrying out…

Genetic Bastards: The Moral Status and Human Worth of Persons Born By In-Vitro Fertilization Standard

The Vatican and the 2004 President’s Council On Bioethics establishes a second class group of persons who they deem less worthy of dignity and respect. On September 8, 2008, the Vatican issued a new statement on bioethics entitled “Dignitas Personae on certain bioethical questions.”  The Vatican’s paper updates church doctrine regarding the ethics and morality of individuals and the duties and authority of physicians in using in-vitro fertilization (IVF).  The Vatican has always demanded absolute and unconditional recognition of the respect and dignity owed to all persons from the time of conception.  This does not apply to persons conceived by…