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Truth is Sacred: Rights of Donor-Conceived Men & Women
Last edited 16th September 2014

Damian Adams, a medical researcher in South Australia, is attempting to become the first Australian (and the second in the world) to remove his father’s name from his birth certificate. In this touching article from, he explains why...


When Babies Become Commodities - The New Eugenics
Last edited 8th September 2014

Several recent cases involving the rejection of babies by people who were using the services of surrogate mothers have drawn attention to the alarming ethical shortfalls of the surrogate industry. The first example came from Australia, where a couple who had contracted a surrogacy agreement with a Thai woman, Pattharamon Janbua, rejected one of the two babies she carried because the child had Down syndrome.


Lest we Forget
Last edited 4th September 2014

“We must denounce the inhumane distinction between a worthy and an unworthy life,” said Monika Gruetters, Germany's state minister for culture and media. “Every human life is valuable - that's the message of this memorial.”


Surrogacy is Child Trafficking - A Talk by Kajsa Ekis Ekman
Last edited 4th September 2014

Kajsa Ekis Ekman, the author of Bought and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self, recently gave a talk at Sydney's Festival of Dangerous Ideas. The talk was titled Surrogacy is child trafficking.


Dawkins, and What to do About a Baby with Downs
Last edited 24th August 2014

Professor Richard Dawkins has been pontificating again, this time taking a break from his busy schedule to condemn parents who refuse to conform to the culture of death. On Twitter yesterday he said parents who had had a diagnosis of Down's syndrome in pregnancy should “abort it and try again.” It was “immoral” not to terminate the foetus at this point.

Whose Baby Is It?
Last edited 17th August 2014

Most of the major newspapers have highlighted the news from Italy of an impending court battle between two different sets of ‘parents’, fighting over soon-to-be-born twins. An Italian woman is shortly to give birth to twins from embryos that were implanted at a fertility clinic during IVF treatment, but, as a result of a mistake, she was implanted with another couple’s embryos. The pregnant woman has – not surprisingly – said she will fight to keep the babies, despite a legal challenge to hand them over.

Spanish Priest Infected with Ebola, Dies
Last edited 12th August 2014

The Spanish missionary priest who was infected with Ebola, has died. Miguel Pajares, who got infected in Liberia, died in his native Spain. He died just a few days after arriving, and after agreeing to an experimental treatment.

Sperm Donor-Conceived Woman Planning Next Step in Six-Year Fight to Secure Identification Rights and Learn Identity of Father
Last edited 11th August 2014

An aeronautical engineer is plotting her next move in what has been a six-year battle to see the rights of donor-conceived children enshrined in law.

Baby Gammy Case Reveals Murky Side of Commercial Surrogacy
Last edited 5th August 2014

The story of baby Gammy and his “surrogate” mother has captured the world’s attention, highlighting just how complex and fraught commercial surrogacy arrangements can be. It also shows Australia is right to prohibit commercial surrogacy – and why other countries should do the same.


Australian Couple Abandons Baby Born to Surrogate
Last edited 1st August 2014

An Australian couple has abandoned a Down syndrome baby born to a surrogate mother in Thailand — and now there is a race against time to save him from dying in abject poverty. Please pray for "Gammy" his birth mother tries to raise money for a series of operations and to help her care for the baby boy.


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