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Medical Ethics

Nurse-midwife Edna Adan Ismail, opponent of female genital mutilation, wins Templeton Prize

By Kathryn Post — May 16, 2023
(RNS) — She is the first African woman to receive the prize, which is valued at 1.1 million British pounds (over $1.3 million).
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Resurrection drug? FDA approves over-the-counter Narcan amid opioid crisis

By Kathryn Post — April 6, 2023
(RNS) — ‘I’m afraid that we’re not to a resurrection era for people who use drugs,’ said one harm reduction advocate.

For many congregations, wiping out medical debt has become a popular calling

By Yonat Shimron — March 1, 2023
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — While donations from religious groups constitute less than 20% of RIP Medical Debt's overall revenue, they are becoming an increasingly common way for congregations to do social justice.

Poll: Support for abortion rights is strong, even among most religious groups

By Yonat Shimron — February 23, 2023
(RNS) — The outliers are white evangelicals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Latter-day Saints and Hispanic Protestants.

At Repro Shabbat, Jewish congregations try to change the narrative on abortion

By Yonat Shimron — February 16, 2023
(RNS) — At more than 1,200 synagogues this weekend, Jews will pushing back against the prevailing Christian view that abortion is religiously forbidden.

Alan Lightman’s new TV series explores where humans fit in the universe

By Yonat Shimron — January 6, 2023
(RNS) — In the new three-part series, the scientist interviews some of the brightest minds about the thorniest questions. How did life first emerge? Why are we here?

3 Jewish women file suit against Kentucky abortion bans on religious grounds

By Yonat Shimron — October 7, 2022
(RNS) — It's the third such suit brought by Jewish organizations or individuals since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, claiming the state is imposing a Christian understanding of when life begins.

On Yom Kippur, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg explains why repentance is so important

By Yonat Shimron — October 3, 2022
(RNS) — Society often expects victims of harm to forgive their perpetrators, regardless of whether they've cleaned up their act, says Ruttenberg. Judaism offers another way.

Psychedelic salon looks to the possibility of sacred healing

By Kathryn Post — August 29, 2022
(RNS) — Against a backdrop of incense and multicolored lights, speakers shared how their lives had been transformed by plant medicine.

Kansas nuns oppose abortion-related state amendment, challenging archbishop

By Jack Jenkins — July 27, 2022
(RNS) — “A church sign said, ‘Jesus trusted women. We do too,’” reads the nuns’ letter.

Expansions on euthanasia should be sounding alarm bells for us all

By Avi Shafran — July 27, 2022
(RNS) — ‘In our utilitarian and utopian zeal, the right to die today may become the duty to die tomorrow,’ warns Toronto physician Mark D’Souza.

Catholic hospitals’ growth impacts reproductive health care

By David Crary and Susan Haigh — July 25, 2022
PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) — Concerns in blue states pertain to such services as contraception, sterilization and certain procedures for handling pregnancy emergencies.

Abortion doulas look to spiritual rituals as they brace for increased demand

By Kathryn Post — July 12, 2022
(RNS) — Abortion doulas who draw on spirituality challenge the abortion debate’s religious/secular divide.
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