The National Catholic Bioethics Center is kind of amazing

They are a great resource for all kinds of news and information about bioethics, including issues like brain death, use of vaccines, IVF and more.

Here is their pledge:

The National Catholic Bioethics Center believes the Catholic reverence for human life can help shape societal attitudes and public policy for the benefit of all, particularly for those who are weak and vulnerable.

The Center pledges its service to clergy, religious, and laity, especially those in the health care professions, as they face daily ethical challenges in the care and treatment of patients. In light of the convergence of civil law and scientific advancement, the Center also seeks to reach those who influence law and public policy. Indeed, the Center’s mission transcends religious boundaries in its application of ethical reflection consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Magisterium to society-at-large as we grapple with the complex issues posed by the rapid developments in medicine, science, and biotechnology.

The Center also pledges its fidelity to the magisterial teaching of the Church and to the bishops who provide leadership and pastoral guidance to clergy and laity on complex bioethical issues. The Center seeks to facilitate the critical partnership between dioceses and health care institutions in fulfilling their mutual commitment in service to the human person.

Today, I found out that they offer free ethics consultations, 24/7.

The NCBC guarantees that a credentialed ethicist will be available 24/7 to assist you, or any person, with those most difficult moral health care decisions one must make from the beginning to the end of life.

This is a real spiritual work of mercy. If you are inclined to donate to the NCBC, I know they would put your money to good use.  They are providing something so important, as medical technology shoots so far and fast beyond what most people can understand.  No one asked me to plug this! I was just very moved to hear that they offer this service for free.  Good guys.

 

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  • melanieshaniuk

    My husband, a peds/adult medicine resident, has called them on the job more than once. They are awesome.

  • Margaret

    I’ve heard of them and read their materials, but somehow missed the “on call 24/7″ bit. That is beyond awesome.

  • ebere ogbute

    God bless them and bless you for posting this.

  • Blobee

    They ARE kind of amazing! I have kept this site and their contact info in my “back pocket” so to speak (high on my bookmarks tab and phone number in my wallet) because I have an elderly mom who had a stroke 14 years ago, and everybody (health care: except not her primary care doctor) is always pressing me to sign a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) and they act like I’m a criminal because I refuse to sign one and she can’t sign for herself (she has mental capacity issues) and so I have always thought if things get sticky I may have to contact this group. I feel like at least I will be able to talk to someone on the pro-life side of any life support issue that comes up. Whew! And I PRAY!…

  • Doctormom4

    I have actually used their consulting services twice in the past. They have a 24 hours turn around with email. It is amazing.


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