69% of Catholics say they feel no obligation to vote against candidates who support abortion.
-The Catholic Vote in Summer 2008

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New Reproductive Technologies

  • Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXIX - No. 3 (2008)

    Sheila Briggs, CFC board member and associate professor of Religion and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California, reveals how in vitro fertilization and the use of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis can be moral choices for Catholics.

  • Fetal Surgery Then and Now [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXVIII - No. 3 (2007)
    Sociologist Monica Casper asks whether the potential harm fetal surgery can do to pregnant woman is justified, given the extraordinary degree of risk they are taking in undergoing surgery.
  • The Ethics of Life
    Conscience Vol. XXVIII - No. 3 (2007)
    CFC board member and theological scholar Sheila Briggs explores how the development of a "consistent life ethic: among some progressive Catholics in fact exposed just how inconsistent Catholic teachings on life issues have been.
  • Stem Cell Research and the Affirmation of Life [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXVIII - No. 3
    Ethicist Rosemarie Tong examines some of the Catholic-inspired objections to stem cell research and raises pertinent questions about what the real prolife position on such medical research is.