30 episodes

Brave New Us: Catholic Bioethics dives into topics at the intersection of faith and bioethics, inviting commentary from experts in science, medicine, theology and the Church.

Many of these are new technologies that have us asking age-old questions about who we are and who we are meant to become.

Learn how to resist dystopia through engaging discussions on emerging technologies at the edges of the prolife frontier!



Samantha Stephenson is host of this podcast and author of "Reclaiming Motherhood from a Culture Gone Mad." She holds master's degrees in theology and bioethics and is a Paul Ramsey Fellow at the Center for Bioethics and Culture.

Brave New Us: Prolife Bioethics with Samantha Stephenson Samantha Stephenson

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 48 Ratings

Brave New Us: Catholic Bioethics dives into topics at the intersection of faith and bioethics, inviting commentary from experts in science, medicine, theology and the Church.

Many of these are new technologies that have us asking age-old questions about who we are and who we are meant to become.

Learn how to resist dystopia through engaging discussions on emerging technologies at the edges of the prolife frontier!



Samantha Stephenson is host of this podcast and author of "Reclaiming Motherhood from a Culture Gone Mad." She holds master's degrees in theology and bioethics and is a Paul Ramsey Fellow at the Center for Bioethics and Culture.

    Why Pope Francis Is Right about Surrogacy

    Why Pope Francis Is Right about Surrogacy

    In this episode of Brave New Us, I dive into the heated debate over surrogacy following Pope Francis’s strong condemnation. The uproar has sparked widespread media critique, revealing a disconnect from the non-religious arguments against surrogacy.
    I take a closer look at a CNN opinion article that labels the Pope’s stance as misogynistic and misinformed, a sentiment echoed across liberal media. I challenge these views by shedding light on the Church’s empowering role for women throughout history and its thoughtful approach to legislation.
    I also reflect on Olivia Morel, an activist born through surrogacy, and her surprising lack of knowledge about the Church’s longstanding opposition to surrogacy, established in Donum Vitae. This oversight highlights a broader issue: the Church’s need to communicate its positions more effectively.
    Join me as I explore the moral, societal, and individual implications of surrogacy, informed by the Church’s teachings on motherhood, children’s rights, and the sanctity of marriage.
    Listen in to this episode of Brave New Us for a candid conversation on one of the most controversial topics today.

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    • 22 min
    Navigating Reproductive Technologies as a Healthcare Professional

    Navigating Reproductive Technologies as a Healthcare Professional

    Welcome to another thought-provoking episode of Brave New Us, where we delve into the complex world of fertility treatments through the lens of Catholic bioethics.
    In this episode, we’re joined by John DiCamillo, Ethicist and Personal Consultations Director at the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC). With the moral landscape of fertility interventions becoming increasingly intricate, many Catholics find themselves navigating a maze of questions. IVF is widely acknowledged as problematic, but what about other interventions like gamete intrafallopian transfer or intrauterine insemination? Especially when these methods involve the couple’s own gametes, the ethical considerations can be daunting.
    John brings 12 years of expertise as a full-time ethicist to the table, offering insights into how the NCBC provides guidance on these very issues. Through research, writing, publications, and education, the NCBC stands as a beacon for those seeking clarity in the area of Catholic bioethics.
    Tune in as Samantha and John discuss the dilemmas faced by couples exploring fertility treatments, the principles that can help discern the morality of different methods, and the invaluable role of personal consultations in addressing these sensitive topics.
    FREE ethics consultations: https://www.ncbcenter.org/ask-a-question

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    • 54 min
    How to Combat Transgender Ideology

    How to Combat Transgender Ideology

    Welcome to a thought-provoking episode of “Brave New Us,” where we delve into the complexities of transgender ideology. Join us as we sit down with Stephanie Winn, esteemed therapist, producer of the No Way Back documentary, and host of the Some Kind of Therapist podcast, who brings her expertise to the table, discussing the challenges and implications of so-called "affirming" care. In this candid conversation, Stephanie sheds light on the psychological and social dynamics at play, offering insights into how individuals and families navigate these treacherous waters. Whether you’re seeking understanding, guidance, or simply curious about the topic, this episode promises to engage and inform.
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    • 54 min
    Contraceptives and Gender Ideology: The Hidden Link

    Contraceptives and Gender Ideology: The Hidden Link

    In this episode, I interview Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, an economist, a writer, and a Catholic social conservative. She is the president and founder of the Ruth Institute, a non-profit organization that defends the family and exposes the harms of the sexual revolution. We discuss her critique of the three main ideologies of the sexual revolution: the contraceptive ideology, the divorce ideology, and the gender ideology. We also explore the assumptions and contradictions of these ideologies, and how they affect society, marriage, and the human body. Tune in to hear Dr. Morse’s insights and arguments on these important topics.https://ruthinstitute.org/about/dr-morse/

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    • 54 min
    "CATHOLIC" GOVERNOR REFERRING WOMEN FOR SATANIC ABORTION RITUALS

    "CATHOLIC" GOVERNOR REFERRING WOMEN FOR SATANIC ABORTION RITUALS

    Today we expose the shocking truth about the Satanic abortion rituals happening in New Mexico, funded by the state’s supposedly Catholic governor.
    We also challenge the false claim that abortion is the Sacrament of the Left, and explain why it is an act of war against God and life.
    Finally, we discuss what it means to stand for religious freedom as Christians in a culture that is increasingly hostile to our values.
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    Bella O’Neill Interview
    Gabriel Network
    Love 3 Training (How To Talk About Abortion)
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    • 23 min
    How Artificial Wombs Could Change the Abortion Debate Forever

    How Artificial Wombs Could Change the Abortion Debate Forever

    Samantha interviews Dr. Christopher Kaczor, a professor of philosophy and the author of The Ethics of Abortion: Women’s Rights, Human Life, and the Question of Justice. They discuss some of the most challenging and controversial questions in the abortion debate, such as:
    Can artificial wombs end the abortion debate?
    Is your body really your choice when it comes to pregnancy and abortion?
    How do we engage with feminists about abortion?
    How do religion and natural law help us argue against abortion?
    Listen to this episode to learn more about the ethics of abortion and the challenges and opportunities for finding common ground in this controversial issue!
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Jubilee Vineyard ,

There is strength and numbers

Please contact Dr. Jordan Peterson and share your research with him.
I think it’s likely he will want to interview you on his podcast.
There is strength and numbers, by sharing this information on Dr. Peterson‘s podcast you will do a great service to more people.

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Beluga man2220 ,

Catholic Medical Student

I am a devout Catholic currently learning about embryology in medical school. The ethical discussions on this podcast have been incredibly helpful. I was also conceived by IVF, so the discussion about that technology had been helpful as well. Thank you!

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Worst part…

The worst part about this podcast is there are not enough episodes. Keep up the good work!

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