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08/14/2017

Charlottesville and Imago Dei

In light of the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, it is as important as ever for believers in America to understand and be able to communicate what it means that all human beings are made in the image of God. I have included a couple of excerpts from Dr. John F. Kilner’s Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God below, and recommend... // Read More »

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07/25/2017

Eugenics in Tennessee

A recent news story from my home state of Tennessee brings up questions of informed consent, reproductive ethics, eugenics, opioid abuse, and other bioethical issues.  In May, White County judge Sam Benningfield issued an order that allows inmates to have their sentences reduced by thirty days if they consent to sterilization procedures: vasectomies for men and (reversible) Nexplanon implants for women.  Benningfield’s order is his... // Read More »

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07/10/2017

Why People Matter

This time last year, I had the opportunity to index the new book Why People Matter: A Christian Engagement with Rival Views of Human Significance, edited by John F. Kilner. Released in January 2017, Why People Matter explores how five competing philosophical perspectives explain human significance.  Almost everyone understands that people are important, and this book delves into different ways that people outside the faith... // Read More »

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06/26/2017

Samaritan Ministries and Ectopic Pregnancies, Addendum

A couple of weeks ago, I posted this piece commenting on Samaritan Ministries’ policy regarding ectopic pregnancies.  A few days later, my husband was contacted by Samaritan representatives, who requested that he and I meet with them while they were on Trinity’s campus for the CBHD conference. We met Friday afternoon, and they took time to explain their position on treatment for ectopic pregnancy as... // Read More »

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06/12/2017

Samaritan Ministries and Ectopic Pregnancies

As I was reading Laura Turner’s Buzzfeed essay about Christian health sharing ministries this past week, I was startled to discover that Samaritan Ministries, the insurance alternative my husband uses, does not cover expenses related to ectopic pregnancies. In Section VIII of the Samaritan Ministries Guidelines, “Needs Shared by Members,” Ectopic Pregnancies is listed as the ninth item under “Miscellaneous Items Not Shared.” The guidelines... // Read More »

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05/22/2017

Christian Schools and Pregnancy

The New York Times published an article over the weekend titled “Pregnant at 18. Hailed by Abortion Foes. Punished by Christian School.” The author of the piece tells the story of Maddi Runkles, an 18-year-old high school senior who was banned from participating in her school’s graduation ceremony and removed from the student council after becoming pregnant earlier this year.  The article juxtaposes the professed... // Read More »

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05/08/2017

The Dangerous Message of Physician Assisted Suicide

Zachary Schmoll’s essay today in Public Discourse provides a look at physician-assisted suicide from the perspective of a person living with a disability.  In the essay, Schmoll emphasizes the role that legislation plays in influencing public opinion. Regarding the legalization of PAS he writes: “Such laws communicate the idea that suicide can be a reasonable, moral, and socially acceptable choice, because some lives are no... // Read More »

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04/24/2017

Surrogacy Now Legal in DC

As of April 7th, surrogacy is now legal in the District of Columbia.  B21-0016, the Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2015, allows surrogacy agreements to be made and enforced.  Previously, surrogacy contracts of any kind (commercial or not) were illegal, and contracting parties could be imprisoned and fined.[1]  The new law permits both gestational and traditional surrogacy.[2] DC joins 46 states in permitting surrogacy contracts.... // Read More »

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04/10/2017

Texas ‘Wrongful Birth’ Legislation

On March 21st, the Texas Senate passed SB 25, which eliminates “wrongful birth” as a cause of action for malpractice suits.  The text of the bill states, “A cause of action may not arise, and damages may not be awarded, on behalf of any person, based on the claim that but for the act or omission of another, a person would not have been permitted... // Read More »

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03/27/2017

Euthanasia & Organ Donation in Canada

National Post reports that since Canada decriminalized euthanasia in June 2016, 26 of the 338 patients who have died by lethal injection in Ontario chose to donate tissue or organs.  Lethal injection, which causes cardiac death in two or three minutes, allows organs to be removed much more quickly than after natural death, which results in better organs for transplants.  Organ retrieval after euthanasia is... // Read More »

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