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Drane, James Francis

James F. Drane was one of the founding figures of biomedical ethics. He was a Roman Catholic priest and professor of philosophy at St. John’s Seminary in Little Rock (Pulaski County) when he was expelled from the Catholic Church for his liberal criticism of its positions on contraception. Partly because of his mastery of the Spanish language, he played a crucial role in establishing the field of biomedical ethics in Spanish-speaking countries. Jimmy Drane was the eldest of ten children of James and Anna Drane. He was born on April 6, 1930, in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, and was raised in a nearby town, Chester, where he graduated from St. James High School in 1947. Feeling a calling to the priesthood, …