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Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center

Bioethics Library

A virtual library of various bioethical topics

Beginning of Human Life


Assisted Reproduction


Emergency Contraception & Rape

Emergency Contraception Mandates in Connecticut: A Case History

Human Cloning

Origins of Human Life

Pregnancy & Birth

End-of-life Considerations

Advance Medical Directives

Anatomical Gift & Brain Death

Assisted Nutrition & Hydration

End of Life

Palliative Care - Hospice

Family and Sexuality

Family & Marriage

Same Sex Attraction

Gender Identity

Statement of the Holy See in Explanation of Position on the Agreed Conclusions, 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations Economic and Social Council:

Health Care

Charter for Health Care Workers

Health Care & Biotechnology - Issues and Quandaries

Pharmacological Issues - Vaccines

Quality of Life

International Issues and Developments

In development



Conscience Protections in Health Care

Cooperation and its Limits

State Intrusions & Mandates

Research and Biotechnology

Enhancement Research & Application  

Gene Therapy & Genetic Interventions


Research Ethics

Stem Cell-Embryo-Fetal Research & Therapy


Advanced Medical Directives

Medical Directives resource page

Decision Algorithm for Right to Refuse Treatment

Algorithm Surrogate Decision Makers


Assisted Nutrition & Hydration

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Response to Certain Questions of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Concerning Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

Commentary of Response to USA Bishops

Address of John Paul II to the Participants in the International Congress on "Life Sustaining Treatments and Vegetative State: Scientific Advances and Ethical Dilemmas" on March 20, 2004


End of Life

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Declaration on Euthanasia

Evangelium Vitae

USCCB on End of Life Issues / Euthanasia

Pope John Paul: Dying with Dignity by Rev. J. Daniel  Mindling, O.F.M. Cap

Taking Care: Ethical Care Giving in Our Aging Society by The President's Council on Bioethics


Palliative Care - Hospice

John Paul II Address to the 19th International Conference of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care


Pregnancy & Birth

  • Prenatal Diagnosis

Dignitias Personae

Donum Vitae

Newborn Screening The Changing Moral Focus


Same Sex Attraction

Chastity for Same Sex Attraction Persons

Considerations regarding proposals to give legal recognition to unions between homosexual persons

Letter to Bishops on Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons

The Courage Apostolate

Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with Regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in View of Their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders  (Congregation for Catholic Education)

FAQ – Gender Disorder



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