Dr. Lucy Knouse

Dr. Knouse is a professional Catholic bioethicist who focuses on developing education materials and delivering instruction to clergy, teachers, students, and adult audiences on various topics related to beginning-of-life and end-of-life ethics.  She is able to draw from her extensive health care experience to bring a broad perspective to current issues while giving guidance that is actionable for her audiences.  Dr. Knouse also works with families in crisis during critical medical events to aid them in understanding the ethical implications of proposed medical interventions for loved ones who are dealing with an unanticipated health crisis.  

Dr. Knouse is passionate about helping those interested in practicing their Christian faith in those areas that pertain to the Gospel of Life.  She has a doctorate and a license in bioethics from Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome as well as a Master’s of Science in Health.  Through Esther Associates LLC, Dr Knouse provides consulting services as well as educational services in the fields of bioethics and health care.

Embryo Donation, Surrogate Motherhood & Genetic Engineering

This report is presented in two parts.  Part 1 introduced a broad perspective on IVF issues as well as reviewed the topic of gamete donation and pre-implantation screening and the related moral assessment.  Part 2 will now review matters dealing with embryo donation, surrogate motherhood, and genetic engineering with the associated moral assessment.

Framing the IVF Issue, Gamete Donation & Pre-Implantation Screening.
This report is presented in two parts.  Part 1 will introduce a broad perspective on IVF issues as well as review the topic of gamete donation and pre-implantation screening and the related moral assessment.  Part 2 will follow as a separate report to review matters dealing with embryo donation, surrogate motherhood, and genetic engineering with the associated moral assessment.

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 11:49

Preparing for Eternal Beatitude

End-of-life issues abound in modern culture.  Some western countries have had euthanasia and assisted suicide laws in place for years.  Other countries are gradually moving in that direction.  Medical societies are becoming more agreeable to the support of legalization of euthanasia. Some medical institutions and practitioners are beginning to endorse programs that place economics and institutional quality metrics ahead of the interests of individual patients. 

Friday, 07 October 2016 17:15

Living the Fullness of Married Love

Beginning-of-Life Ethics Related to the Dignity of Marriage. 

Marriages are under a greater threat today than ever before.  Divorce rates are higher than ever. Children are learning to cope with blended families and the absence of parents in their lives.  Many couples choose to have pets rather than children and by so doing cancel out the procreative aspect of marriage all together.  It can be said that by doing so, these couples are entering into an adult contract, not a marriage, since one of the basic ‘goods’ of marriage is the openness to children.