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  1. Challenging Underlying Assumptions of Wrongful Birth.Jay Bringman - 2019 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 19 (1):37-45.
    The concept of wrongful birth, which is based on the premise that a person would have been better off never having been born, is a serious mat­ter for Catholic obstetricians, especially in the context of prenatal screening. This principle, in conjuncture with the belief that individuals with disabilities have a decreased quality of life, has been used to promote a eugenic mentality. Consequently, prenatal screening tests often are used to identify fetuses with disabilities, who subsequently are aborted. Not only is (...)
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  2. A Catholic Approach to Adolescent Medicine.M. D. Heyne, M. D. Hernandez & M. D. Gilbert - 2019 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 19 (1):63-88.
    Adolescence is an important yet vulnerable period of transition from childhood to adulthood. An increasing number of studies support the traditional Catholic view, which sees teens as prone to making poor decisions when influ­enced by emotions or peer pressure but capable of thriving when guided by parents and religion. However, newer policies of medical societies undermine the traditional supports of family and faith with a permissive approach toward sexual exploration. To counter this unhealthy trend, which seems to be based more (...)
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  3. Conflict Between Autonomy and Beneficence in Adolescent End-of-Life Decision Making.K. Sarah Hoehn - 2019 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 19 (1):55-60.
    The ethics of adolescent decision making is a complicated mine­field with laws that vary from state to state. The case of a fourteen-year-old girl, who simultaneously was diagnosed with cancer and discovered she was pregnant, highlights several weaknesses in our current approach to adolescent decision making in the context of pregnancy. In addition, adolescents with life-limiting conditions face similar challenges that can be examined through the framework of Catholic doctrine.
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  4. Experimental Approaches to Alleviating Gender Dysphoria in Children.Paul W. Hruz - 2019 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 19 (1):89-104.
    Clinical guidelines now recommend hormonal and surgical interven­tions together with social affirmation for children who experience a gender identity that is discordant with their biological sex. However, fundamental questions regarding the safety, efficacy, and ethics of these approaches remain unanswered. There is an urgent need for high-quality research to establish the overall risks and benefits of the current treatment paradigm. While acknowledging the complexity of the problem, competing interests, and logistical challenges, ethical imperatives and acceptable boundaries for scientific investigation can (...)
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    Philosophy and Theology.Christopher Kaczor - 2019 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 19 (1):145-155.
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  6. Parental Obligation and Medical Neglect in Childhood Obesity.Jessica M. Meister Berger - 2019 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 19 (1):47-54.
    Despite unprecedented medical advancements and the near eradi­cation of many serious diseases, there are growing epidemics of preventable illness brought about in part by the overemphasis on individual autonomy and the neglect of obligations to others. Insofar as these diseases develop because of individual choice, this permissiveness hampers the moral analysis of growing epidemics like childhood obesity. While society has contributed to its rapid progression, childhood obesity finds its origins in lifestyle choices implemented at home. Consequently, parents have an unparalleled (...)
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  7. Therapeutic Orphans.Jennifer E. Miller & Marie-Catherine Letendre - 2019 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 19 (1):27-35.
    Children and pregnant women are often excluded from clinical research. This has resulted in a paucity of evidence on how medicines work for fetuses, neonates, infants, and adolescents. It also raises bioethics, scientific, and public health concerns. For over half a century, doctors have prescribed medicines to children largely on the basis of how they work in adults, despite children’s varied physiologies and differences in how their bodies absorb and metabolize drugs. Regulations and legislation have led to an increase in (...)
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  8. Washington Insider.Greg Schleppenbach - 2019 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 19 (1):15-23.
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  9. In This Issue.Gwyneth A. Spaeder - 2019 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 19 (1):9-11.
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    Medicine.John S. Sullivan - 2019 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 19 (1):127-143.
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  11. Medical Futility in Pediatric Care.Felipe E. Vizcarrondo - 2019 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 19 (1):105-120.
    The transition from the paternalistic paradigm of the Hippocratic tradition to the present model of shared decision making has altered the patient–doctor relationship. This change has engendered conflicts between patients and physicians, especially in pediatric medicine, where the patients are depen­dent on their parents because of their inability to consent to an intervention independently. Navigating this complex relationship can become particularly fraught when medical futility is invoked. This situation is complicated further by the divergent approaches to shared decision making among (...)
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