What happens after Repeal?

The Phil wades into the Repeal discussion to question what will come if the 8th amendment is repealed

Trinity News

Georgina Francis

Last Tuesday, the Phil hosted “Beyond Repeal”. The Phil sought to discuss what will happen if the eighth amendment is repealed with a panel of highly respected and knowledgeable speakers.

Beginning with a brief introduction each of the speakers outlined their involvement with the campaign. Julie O’Donnell spoke first of her personal experience with a fetal abnormality in her pregnancy, revealing she “just felt so alone” and that she “thought I’d be treated in my own country”. After seeing the founders of Terminations for Medical Reasons (TFMR) O’Donnell contacted them and became involved. . . [Full Text]

Doctors want palliative care for terminally ill patients

News Agency of Nigeria

News Agency of Nigeria

The World Medical Association (WMA), African region has called for strengthening of palliative care for patients with terminally ill ailments across Africa.

The association made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of its conference hosted by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Saturday in Abuja.

Palliative care entails alleviating the suffering of terminally ill patients, physically, psychologically, socially, spiritually and emotionally.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the conference; “An Excursion into the End of Life Spectrum: Defining the boundaries between palliative care, euthanasia and physician-assisted-suicide.” . . . [Full Text]

The 4th Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion

March 6-8, 2015
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Spiritual Dimensions of Illness and Healing

It is a grievous mistake to keep a wall of separation between medicine and religion. There is a division of labor but a unity of spirit. The act of healing is the highest form of imitatio Dei.
~Rabbi Abraham Heschel (1964)

Rabbi Heschel’s words seem as relevant today as they did in 1964, when he spoke them to physicians at the American Medical Association. Contemporary western culture continues to divide carefully care of the soul from care of the body, apportioning the former to religious communities and the latter to medicine. The division of spiritual and material care of the human person has allowed us to meet many clinical needs efficiently, but it has also wrought unwanted outcomes, including increased mechanization of care and isolation in the experiences of illness and dying.  [More Details]

The Problem of Persons: Public Bioethics and Contending Moral Anthropologies

September 15, 2014 (7:00pm – 9:00pm)
Keane Auditorium, McGivney Hall,
Catholic University of America
Washington, D.C.

The Center for Cultural and Pastoral Research is please to host a conversation with Prof. Carter Snead on the topic “The Problem of Persons: Public Bioethics and Contending Moral Anthropologies,” on Monday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m.

In this lecture, Prof. Snead will argue that the richest way to understand contemporary disputes in public bioethics is through the lens of moral anthropology.  At bottom, such disagreements – over abortion, embryo-destructive research, assisted reproductive technologies, the definition of death, end of life decisionmaking, and research involving human subjects – are conflicts regarding the nature and identity of human persons.  The anthropological premises underlying the most prominent viewpoints in this domain will be illuminated and examined. [More details]