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Concerns about Medical Treatments for Children with Gender Dysphoria

A pediatrician, an endocrinologist, and a psychiatrist explain their concerns about the medical treatments being given to children with gender dysphoria.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | October 17, 2017

When Does Life Begin?

Scientists have discovered in a recent study that it isn’t the mother’s body directing embryonic activity; the embryo determines that itself.

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | January 25, 2017

Why Abortion Is Unjust Discrimination

Our new motion graphic video on the S.L.E.D. test explains why no human being—regardless of size, race, sex, etc.—should be excluded from the community of human persons. COMMENTS Read more posts

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | October 28, 2015

End of Life Care Includes Euthanasia in Quebec

Wesley J. Smith reports that Quebec has created a new right – the right to be euthanized with the help of a medical professional. Positive rights such as this law create obligations on others. In this case, every institution that provides medical and nursing care in the province is required to find a medical person to administer aid in dying.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 13, 2014

Ethical Stem Cell Therapies Are the Successful Therapies

Christianity Today reports: [Scientists] have learned how to reprogram adult cells so that they can do many things an embryonic cell can do. No human embryos are destroyed in the process. Along the way, embryonic stem cells—just a decade ago hailed as the future of medicine—have largely been bypassed. Some researchers still use them, but for now, the future belongs to adult stem cells and iPS cells, which are adult cells genetically reprogrammed to express specific genes.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | December 10, 2013

Late-term Abortion

Here's a recording of the counseling a woman received who went in for a late-term abortion - what she was told about the procedure and what to expect.  The callousness with which they discuss killing the baby is disturbing.  In fact, they repeatedly refer to the baby as "the pregnancy."  They also dissemble when the woman asks about the baby experiencing pain, which babies clearly do by 20 weeks.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | July 3, 2013

Texas Abortion Law

The filibuster in the Texas legislature over the abortion legislation has overshadowed what the law is actually meant to do.  One of the primary things the proposed law would do is ban late-term abortions (i.e. D&X abortions) that occur after the 20th week of gestation.  Not only are these children usually viable outside the womb, they feel pain, and the procedure is more like infanticide than abortion.  Greg describes the procedure in question here.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | July 2, 2013

Scott Klusendorf's Anniversary Greeting

Scott, who is now with Life Training Institute but was with STR for several years, made this video greeting that was played at the Biola Apologetics anniversary conference.  #STR20  We really appreciated his comments and reflection.  In truth, what he says is due in large part to his time at STR. COMMENTS

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | May 14, 2013

End of Life Ethics: A Primer

Would You Want to Live that Way? That’s the challenge I've heard a number of times from advocates of starving Terri Schiavo to death. It usually comes in the conversation when what they’ve offered so far in the way of justification has been refuted. It’s a rejoinder of last resort, but since it’s offered purportedly as an argument, let me take it seriously. Would you want to live that way? No. But what follows from that?

Article | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | March 26, 2013

Parkinson's Research

Small but hopeful results in treatment for Parkinson's using adult stem cells. 

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | December 5, 2012