“Science is a friend of ethics”. This is what Dr. Carlo Valerio Bellieni writes on his blog that analyzes and comments science news sources. Dr. Bellieni is an Italian neonatologist and bioethicist. He serves as Secretary of the Bioethics Committee of the Italian Pediatrics Society, and is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and of the Directive Board of the Scienza e Vita Association. He is also a member of the ethical board of the Siena Biotech research facility, and of the Ethical Board of the Siena University Hospital, where he directs the neonatal intensive therapy unit.
The famous Olympian Bruce Jenner made headlines recently when he told ABC News, “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman… That female side is part of me. That’s who I am.” He has been receiving hormonal treatments to acquire feminine traits, and is not yet sure whether he will undergo surgery to “complete” the process. His dramatic case raises important ethical and medical concerns about properly understanding our identity and respecting the given order of our bodies.
‘Making Sense of Bioethics’ – Father Tad Pacholczyk, director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center (USA)