Consultation

The National Catholic Bioethics Center is a research and educational institute committed to applying the moral teachings of the Catholic Church to ethical issues arising in health care and the life sciences. The NCBC provides consultations to individuals and institutions seeking its opinion on the appropriate application of Catholic moral teaching to these ethical issues. Ethicists, who are doctoral-prepared and/or credentialed with a pontifical degree and licentiate in their fields, are available to review, discuss, and respond to individual and institutional bioethical dilemmas and policy questions.

Furthermore, our resources, including web page and publications, provide a wealth of information to assist in addressing these same dilemmas and questions. Questions range from the application of the principle of double effect in pain control in end-of-life care, questions of cooperation in evil due to legal and professional mandates and the need for corporate inter-agency collaboration, to situations in which an early induction of labor is justified during a difficult pregnancy. These questions could pertain to individual scenarios or to corporate institutional policy development. Questions from individuals are welcome and responded to on a first come, first served basis. For questions from agencies and institutions questions priority will be given to those agencies and institutions which hold NCBC membership, within the parameters of their membership contract. Other agencies may be billed for service consistent with our fees for service. You may wish to become an NCBC member for the benefits such membership entails.

It is important to note that neither the NCBC's moral analyses nor any other project of the NCBC should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a legal or medical opinion or otherwise to engage in the practice of law or medicine, or other health care disciplines.

For questions that do not require an immediate answer, but can be handled in 5 business days, use our e-mail to contact us, as indicated below. For more immediate issues call our main number, listed below, during our regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, Eastern Time. There also is an ethicist available for true emergencies that cannot wait for a response during our regular business hours, by calling that same number after business hours. We look forward to serving you, and those you serve.

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