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Catholic Medical Quarterly Volume 62 (2) May 2012, p4

In this issue

We will examine the way in which the reproductive revolution is leading to the breakdown of essential social structures and towards social control. The opinions of some of the architects of the culture of death are considered. Dr Theresa A Deisher distinguishes between ethical adult stem cell therapy and unethical embryonic stem cell therapy. Dr David Evans puts forward the case against brain stem death. While this remains a really important area of debate, it is to be noted that the Church has made no definitive statements about this issue.

Legislation on marriage

We urge all readers to express their views on a petition which is being conducted on the internet nationally. It comes from the Coalition for Marriage and has already been signed by many MP's and the former Archbishop of Canterbury. It states 'I support the legal definition of marriage, which is the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. I oppose any attempt to redefine it' you are invited to give your name address and Email number The latest count of supporters is 412,000 and growing daily. It can be found on You can also respond to the consultation at

Submitting articles to the CMQ

CMQ is a medical journal set up to discuss key issues in medicine as they relate to and support doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in their practice. It is the journal of the Catholic Medical Association (UK). Views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CMQ editor or those of the CMA(UK). The CMQ was originally published in 1947 as the Catholic Medical Gazette. We welcome articles on all aspects of Catholic health care. Articles will be subject to editorial review and may be reviewed by external peer reviewers. Where articles discuss matters of faith, peer review may not be by medical or other Health Practitioners. Articles should generally be between 400 and 1600 words. We prefer references to be in the Vancouver style. Articles should be submitted to the editor electronically at: Editorial email: