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Friday, March 28, 2014

5 PM TODAY -- Connecticut Assisted Suicide Bill was Defeated Once Again

Thanks to the assistance and coordination of NCBC Ethicist and Director of Public Policy, Dr. Marie Hilliard, the testimony of Law Professor and friend of the NCBC, Steve Mikochik, and the tireless effort of the Connecticut Catholic Conference and the Family Institute of Connecticut, the once-again proposed Connecticut Assisted Suicide Bill was defeated this year. The Connecticut Public Health Committee did not be meet today and, therefore, the existing deadline for voting on the Assisted Suicide Bill was missed. The bill was dropped at exactly 5 P.M. today.

In a manner mirroring those NCBC efforts that helped defeat the bill last year, Dr. Hilliard worked with Steve Mikochick in her role as a board member of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. Dr. Hilliard coordinated and assisted with the testimony that Mr. Mikochik presented in opposition to the bill.

Thank you for all of your hard work, Dr. Hilliard! Congratulations!

Dr. Marie Hilliard

Good news for a happy Friday.

Monday, March 17, 2014

NCBC Ethicist Publishes New Article: Pope Francis Affirms Natural Marriage

Pope Francis is a most beloved Pontiff and his every word and deed garners unparalleled attention and interest. When our Holy Father speaks, however, he often does so with the candid and extemporaneous flair that has been his hallmark. As a result, the passionate and often nuanced words of Pope Francis are being referenced and interpreted constantly in the media, with varying degrees of success and clarity.

NCBC Staff Ethicist, John A. Di Camillo, has cut through some confusion, however, in his new article titled: Pope Francis Affirms Natural Marriage, Not Same-Sex Unions. In the piece, John applies his Italian fluency (he translated the NCBC publication Personalist Bioethics from its original Italian) and his knowledge of the nuances in ethics and language to tackle recent interpretations and sensationalized misapprehensions of Francis' stance on marriage and same-sex unions following the Pope's interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on March 5th.

You can read the entire piece on the NCBC website, HERE.

NCBC Staff Ethicist, John A. Di Camillo, Be.L.

Thank you John!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

NCBC Ethicist's Major Article Just Released: "Birth Control is Not Health Care"

Dr. Marie Hilliard, Ethicist and Director of Bioethics and Public Policy at the NCBC, has just had an article on contraception and the HHS Mandate published in Crisis Magazine online today.

Dr. Marie Hilliard

The article, entitled Birth Control is not Health Care, takes a thorough and incisive look at the HHS Mandate and at the prominent place of birth control as a pillar of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Hilliard looks at the enforcement of the contraceptive mandate which has, erroneously, been presented as a crucial element of preserving good health, and examines this in light of the current lawsuit being heard on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor. The initiative of the Sisters shows that the decision to oppose the HHS mandate: "Has much more to do with religious liberty," and the defense of that liberty, than any flawed arguments stating that opposition to the Mandate is merely a misguided opposition to good health and health care.

Please read Dr. Hilliard's excellent article, HERE.

Thank you, Dr. Hilliard!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

TONIGHT -- NCBC Ethicists on the Airwaves

It has been confirmed that NCBC ethicists Dr. Marie Hilliard, Director of Public Policy, and Father Tadeuz Pacholczyk, Director of Education, will each be appearing LIVE in separate radio interviews this evening.

Dr. Hilliard will be speaking on contraception in the HHS mandate and its place in the the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Hilliard will be on the program What the World Needs Now with Kathleen McCarthy. The interview will be broadcast by the In His Sign Network at 5 P.M., Eastern, tonight.

After hearing Dr. Hilliard, you can tune in to Relevant Radio's program A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas to listen to Father Tad.

Father will be interviewed in a segment of the show entitled: Under the Microscope: A Closer Look at Medical Bioethics which will air tonight at 6:30 P.M., Eastern. Father will discuss a number of issues in bioethics, from the Church's teaching on brain death, to IVF.

To listen to Dr. Hilliard's interview, visit the In His Sign Network's website and load the appropriate media player, HERE

To hear Father Tad, head to the Relevant Radio online media player, HERE


Thursday, January 16, 2014

UPDATE -- EWTN Interview with Dr. Haas Now Available Online

If you missed yesterday's interview with Dr. Haas on EWTN News Nightly, do not worry! EWTN has now posted the segment on their Youtube page.

In the interview, led by EWTN anchor Colleen Carol Campbell, Dr. Haas addresses and clarifies the Church’s stance on end-of-life issues and the determination of death.

Please take some time to watch the piece on Youtube, HERE.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TONIGHT -- Dr. John Haas Appearing Live on EWTN

NCBC President, Dr. John Haas, is headed to Washington, D.C. and will be appearing for an interview on the new EWTN segment: News Nightly with Colleen Carol Campbell. The interview will answer the many complicated questions that arise at the end of one's life and Dr. Haas will address and clarify the Church’s stance on end-of-life issues and the determination of death.

The interview comes at a critical time in the national conversation about determining death, and the Center is pleased to have the opportunity to present its opinions and to affirm the truths held in Catholic Teaching.

The program will air live on EWTN at 6 P.M. TONIGHT and it will be broadcast again at 9 P.M. this evening.

To learn more about News Nightly and tonight's show, click HERE

To see EWTN's full programming schedule, please click HERE.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Save the Date: The NCBC Supports the National Association of Catholic Nurses 2014 Conference

Above and beyond all of her incredible work for The National Catholic Bioethics Center, Director of Bioethics and Public Policy, Dr. Marie Hilliard, also sits on the board of the National Association of Catholic Nurses (NACN) and supports all of their programming throughout the year. Dr. Hilliard, a registered nurse herself, is preparing with her fellow health care workers to attend the National Association of Catholic Nurses – USA's Annual Conference, 2014. The central theme of the event will be The Art of Nursing: Beyond Technology and the conference will be held from March 21st - 23rd.

Dr. Hilliard and the NACN encourage all Catholic nurses, nursing students, or any of those interested or affiliated with the field to attend the conference in Nashville, Tennessee this year.

If you, or anyone you know would like to attend the NACN seminar, a flyer with a rundown of rates and details can be seen HERE

For full information about the NACN 2014 Conference and to learn about the entire event, please feel free to view the conference registration packet, HERE.