Thursday, July 14, 2011 - Saturday, July 16, 2011
Forty years after the concept of “bioethics” was introduced, it has emerged as the moral umpire in the
fields of medicine, science, and technology. The bioethics of today is a broader enterprise than the
familiar realm of medical ethics. Originally conversant with Christian moral reflection, bioethics has
emigrated from bedside consultations to interdisciplinary research, public policy debates, and wider
cultural and social conversations that all privilege secular discourse. The Scandal of Bioethics glances
backward to ask questions about the legacy of Christian thought in bioethics, while facing the future, the
purpose, and the place of Christian thought in bioethics. The time has come to address the tough
questions: Has ‘Christian bioethics’ made any difference? Will Christians lead with moral courage and
imagination? Is there a future for right of conscience in medicine and research? This conference will also
address related trends in women’s health and reproductive ethics, the growing role of empirical research, global health, and a vision of biotechnology that affirms both human dignity and human flourishing.
Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD, MACP
Dr. Pellegrino is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Interim Director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University. He has served as Chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics in Washington, DC. In 2004 Dr. Pellegrino was named to the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO. Dr. Pellegrino is the author of over 600 published items in medical science, philosophy, and ethics.
Dennis P. Hollinger, PhD
Dennis Hollinger is President and the Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. Prior to assuming his present role in 2008 he served as President and Professor of Christian Ethics at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown, PA. Dennis is a frequent speaker in churches, pastors’ conferences, seminaries, colleges and academic forums. He is the author of four books.
David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics)
Dr. David Stevens is the Chief Executive Officer of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, the nation’s largest faith-based organization of doctors. Dr. Stevens, as spokesman for more than 15,000 doctors, has conducted hundreds of media interviews. Prior to his service with CMDA, Dr. Stevens served as medical director of Samaritan’s Purse. Dr. Stevens holds degrees from Asbury College and the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is board certified in family practice. He earned a master’s degree in bioethics from Trinity International University in 2002.
Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, PhD, PhD
Kevin T. FitzGerald, SJ, PhD, PhD, is the Dr. David Lauler Chair of Catholic Health Care Ethics in the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at the Georgetown University Medical Center. He has published both scientific and ethical articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, and in the popular press. Fr. FitzGerald has given presentations nationally and internationally, and often been interviewed by the news media, on such topics as human genetic engineering, cloning, stem cell research, and personalized medicine.
H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., MD, PhD
Dr. Engelhardt is Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Rice University, and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Medicine and in the Department of Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Engelhardt is senior editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Christian Bioethics, the Philosophy and Medicine book series, and the book series Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture. He has authored over three hundred sixty articles and chapters of books in addition to over one hundred twenty book reviews and other publications. He has also co-edited over thirty volumes, authored several books, and has lectured widely throughout the world.
C. Christopher Hook, MD
C. Christopher Hook, MD, FACP, is a Consultant in the Division of Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine, and the Special Coagulation Clinic and Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA. In addition to his work in hematology, Dr. Hook founded the Clinical Ethics Council, the Ethics Consultation Service, the Reproductive Medicine Advisory Board and the Transplantation Ethics Advisory Board for the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Hook is a Senior Fellow of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, and a Fellow of the Wilberforce Fellows, Washington, DC.
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Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD
Dr. Sulmasy is the Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and Divinity School at the University of Chicago, where he serves as Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. He was appointed to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues by President Obama in April, 2010. His numerous articles have appeared in medical, philosophical, and theological journals and he has lectured widely both in the U.S. and abroad.
Lighthouse Tapes has recordings of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Conference that took place on Saturday October 24, 2009 at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center. Recorded talks include Stem Cell Update: Patients vs. Politics by Dr. David Prentice with Carol Franz, a recipient of adult stem cell treatment.
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THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON
EUTHANASIA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE
Conference DVDs can be ordered by contacting The Euthanasia Protection Coalition at email@example.com
Conference Talks include:
WHAT HAS LED US TO THIS POINT
Dr. Ian Dowbiggin, Ph.D. History Department UPEI,
Author The History of the Euthanasia Movement in Modern
Elizabeth Wickham, Ph.D. LifeTree
PALLIATIVE CARE —CURRENT ISSUES
Margaret Cottle, M.D., Vice-president, Euthanasia Prevention
RECENT LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGNS
Peter Saunders, M.D., Care NOT Killing Alliance, Joffe
Bill in the UK
Bob Orr, M.D., Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare
William Toffl er, M.D., Physicians for Compassionate Care
I-1000 – THE ASSISTED SUICIDE INITIATIVE IN
Eileen Geller, Washington State Coalition Against Assisted
Margaret K. Dore, Choice Is a Lie
“Culture change and culture shift”
EUTHANASIA REAL STORIES
Nancy Valko - Euthanasia by dehydration.
Bobby Schindler - Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation
Randy Richardson - LifeforLauren
ATTITUDES TOWARD SUFFERING
Colin Harte, Alert (UK)
THE DISABILITY PERSPECTIVE
Diane Coleman, Not Dead Yet
Stephen Drake, Not Dead Yet
Alison Davis, No Less Human UK
A PERSONAL STORY
Dr. Lionel Roosemont (Belgium)
Mark Mostert, Ph.D., Institute for the Study of Disability
WHERE WE MUST GO
Rita Marker - International Task Force on Euthanasia and
Alex Schadenberg - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
American Association of Pro Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists
(AAPLOG) Mission Statement
Catholic Medical Association:
As members of AAPLOG we affirm:
- That we, as physicians, are responsible for the care and well being of
both our pregnant woman patient and her unborn child.
- That the unborn child is a human being from the time of fertilization.
- That elective disruption/abortion of human life at any time from
fertilization onward constitutes the willful destruction of an innocent
human being, and that this procedure will have no place in our practice of
the healing arts.
- That we are committed to educate abortion-vulnerable patients, the
general public, pregnancy center counselors, and our medical colleagues
regarding the medical and psychological complications associated with
induced abortion, as evidenced in the scientific literature.
- That we are deeply concerned about the profound, adverse effects that
elective abortion imposes, not just on the women, but also on the entire
involved family, and on our society at large.
The following is not a part of our Mission Statement, but addresses this frequently
asked question that arises from pro-life doctors who read our Mission Statement:
What is AAPLOG's position on "abortion to save the life of the mother"?
Abortion is the purposeful killing of the unborn in the termination of a pregnancy.
AAPLOG opposes abortion. When extreme medical emergencies that threaten the life of the mother arise
(chorioamnionitis or HELLP syndrome could be examples), AAPLOG believes in
"treatment to save the mother’s life," including premature delivery if that is
indicated obviously with the patient's informed consent. This is NOT "abortion to
save the mother’s life." We are treating two patients,
the mother and the baby, and every reasonable attempt to save the baby's life
would also be a part of our medical intervention. We acknowledge that, in some
such instances, the baby would be too premature to survive.
"Audio recordings of The 77th Annual Educational Conference of the Catholic Medical Association held October 9-11, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland on the “Theology of the Body: Modern Challenges to Health, Conscience and Human Development” are available for purchase from The Catholic Medical Association.
The conference addressed issues of conscience formation and its difficulties, the raising of children, spiritual and emotional healing from abortion and addiction, accepting limitations on health and reproduction, and aging and sexuality issues faced by the senior community in the light of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body"
All CDs are $10 each or $190.00 for the 21 tape set.
Topics of the CDs include:
77th Annual Educational Conference, “Theology of the Body: Modern Challenges to Health, Conscience, and Human Dignity,” October 9–11, 2008
Rev. Basil Cole, O.P., S.T.D. “Forming Conscience in the Post-Vatican II Era”
John F. Brehany, Ph.D., S.T.L., “Integrating Conscience in the Healthcare Arena”
Nikolas T. Nikas, Esq., “The Law and Healthcare Rights of Conscience”
George Weigel, “Theology of the Body: From John Paul II to Benedict XVI”
Rev. Roger Landry, “Interpersonal Relations in the Theology of the Body”
John M. Travaline, M.D., F.A.C.P., “Understanding Patient-Physician Relationships in View of Communio Personarum”
Tara L. Seyfer, M.T.S., “The Language of the Body, Human Dignity, and the Patient-Healer Relationship”
Joseph R. Zanga, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.P., “Adoloscent Brain Development: Legal and Societal Issues”
Emmet J. Kenney Jr., M.D., “What is the Primary Role of Parents in Sexual Education?”
Mercedes Arzu Wilson, “The Silencing of the Christian Conscience among Parents, Physicians, and Moral Leaders”
Michael Cataldo, Ph.D., “Being Christian in a Major Medical Center”
Faith Daggs, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., “Succeeding as a Catholic OB/GYN Physician In a Secular World”
Rev. J. Daniel Mindling, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., “Accepting the Limitations of Fertility”
Rev. Leo Patalinghug, S.T.L., “The Reality and Theology of Suffering for Married Seniors”
Robert P. George, J.D., D.Phil., “Embryo: A Defense of Human Life”
Thomas McKenna, “Saintly Physician: The Life of Gianna Molla”
For more information about the Catholic Medical Association visit: Catholic Medical Association
Facts on Abortion in the United States