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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

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

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

The Moral Pro-life Case

The recent political season was a reminder of how much difficulty some pro-lifers have explaining and defending their view.  Red herrings abound.  They need to be ignored to focus again and again on the core issue – the only issue.  What is the unborn?  Nothing else can be answered, no supposed justification for abortion can be decided, until that question is answered.  Unfortunately, most of the discussions about abortion in the media jump to other issues and never consider this fundamental issue.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | November 19, 2012

Engaging the Abortion Discussion

Greg outlined two parts of arguing for the pro-life position: The Moral Logic Is the Unborn a Human Person?  

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | January 24, 2012

The Great Stem Cell Debate

Brian Godawa was Greg's guest in the last hour of the radio show today so I've reposted my review of the documentary Brian did on stem cell research.  It's also available on Amazon.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | December 6, 2009

Discussing Same-sex Marriage (Audio)

How do you make a reasonable argument against same-sex marriage rights?  Greg answered that on a recent radio show.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | July 30, 2009

Informing Choice

From the front page of The Washington Post today:On June 6, Cheryl Smith took her last $600 and drove her teenage daughter from Baltimore to Severna Park to get an abortion. When they got there, a receptionist told them the clinic had changed hands. The abortion provider had moved a few miles away, she said, but the new clinic would offer a pregnancy test and sonogram for free.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | September 9, 2006

Good for nothing but a good laugh

I saw three guys at the Justice For All Exhibit this week at ASU that were a perfect illustration of a self-refuting argument.  They were protesting protesters. I'm not kidding.  They had signs that said, "Protest protesting" and they were marching and chanting, shouting that all protests should stop. Now these guys didn't take themselves very seriously, but they made their point nicely: if you refute yourself, your argument's really only good for one thing - a nice laugh.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | February 23, 2006

I’m Not Imposing Anything on Anyone

I confess that when I read this passage from Mary Ann Glendon’s “The Women of Roe v. Wade” yesterday, I exclaimed out loud, “That’s beautiful!”  It produced one of those coveted light bulb moments:

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | August 21, 2005