Catholic Studies in Bioethics Series, published by Springer Publishers, has recently released its latest volume in the series entitled Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics.The volume consists of a series of articles from leading scholars in Catholic theology, philosophy, ethics, law, and social and political science covering a breathtaking range of bioethical controversies including multiple essay on the moral status of embryos and fetuses, certain life-saving interventions (notably addressing the so-called the maternal-fetal conflict and embryo adoption), contraception (including emergency contraception in cases of sexual assault), genetics, issues at the end of life, organ donation, and health care law and policy.

Rev. Deacon Thomas J. Davis, Jr., Holy Apostles Professor and Director of the St. John Paul II Bioethics Center, contributed to this latest volume. His article entitled Evaluation of the Mechanism of Action of Anti-fertility Treatment in cases of Sexual Assault: Moral Certitude and Human Acts may be found as Chapter 16. It is a comprehensive review of the scientific literature and Catholic moral reasoning addressing this highly controversial topic.

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