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Critics Find Dodgy Ethics in 'Three-Parent Baby' Conception

Last edited 29th September 2016

The use of a technique to conceive a "three-parent baby" dodged U.S. law and, critics say, may further alter the relationship between parent and child.


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Dissecting the Age of ‘Do Harm’ Medicine

Last edited 20th June 2016

MercatorNet: This is a thoroughly revised edition of a book you published 16 years ago. In your view, is there less respect for life in American medical culture now? Are there any bright spots?


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IVF and the Exploitation of Women for Profit

Last edited 31st May 2016

Tonight’s Four Corners episode will be a feature on the IVF industry in Australia.


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Ethical Objections to Embryo Research can Trigger Genuine Progress

Last edited 30th May 2016

Briefly, to explain the research, in order to prevent a mother who has harmful mitochondrial mutations from passing them to her children, the proposed remedy is to transplant the nuclear DNA of her egg into another, donor egg that has healthy mitochondria (and which has been emptied of its own nucleus).


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Ethicist Says Embryo Breakthrough Is A 'Step Towards An Inhuman Future'

Last edited 8th May 2016

Researchers have kept embryos alive in a laboratory for 13 days


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Surrogacy drama is still not a case for legalisation

Last edited 19th April 2016

One of the big issues here seems to be the lack of care and support shown by the biological parents, and there is no law which can require love, support and the like. That is the problem with surrogacy. It promotes a dualistic approach to women, separating the woman’s body from her soul. Surrogacy says that you can “rent” a woman’s body without the need to pay attention to her soul. This is what Alexa articulated when she spoke about being used, and not receiving support or gratitude. In addition to the woman being treated as an object, the child has also been used in the same way. By Alexa’s admission, she sought an abortion after the relationship deteriorated, with the unborn baby set to pay the price for the dispute. The baby was also used as a bargaining tool to ensure that payment was made to her. Permitting commercial surrogacy will not make this situation better. In fact, it will make it worse. Commercial surrogacy arrangements remove the altruistic element in favour of a “transaction,” with a pregnancy being another “service” and a baby being another “good” for consumption. Commercial surrogacy will add to the dehumanisation we already see happening. The solution to surrogacy dramas is not to legalise commercial surrogacy, because the problem is not with the current arrangements relying on altruism, but with surrogacy itself.

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Organs at any Price? Gestating for Donating

Last edited 15th March 2016

Is transplantation medicine losing its way? Organ transplantation has been one of the great medical advances during the past half-century or so.


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Pro-life charity criticises decision to allow UK scientists to genetically modify human embryos

Last edited 2nd February 2016

A pro-life charity has condemned a decision by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to allow British scientists to genetically modify human embryos. The decision means that the Francis Crick Institute in London could begin experiments next month, only the second time that such a procedure has been undertaken.


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Judge Rules in Favor of Catholic Hospital that Refuses to Sterilize Women

Last edited 19th January 2016

A California judge recently ruled in favor of a Catholic hospital that refused to sterilize a woman.


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A Tragic Case of Modern Bioethics - Chris Dunn

Last edited 14th January 2016

Under Texas law (the Texas Advance Directives Act of 1999), a hospital medical ethics committee can override a patient's or a family’s wish for continued life-sustaining care. Note the term “life-sustaining.” The Chris Dunn case was not about unusually aggressive treatment done in a futile effort to achieve a cure. This was about providing the care necessary to sustain the life of this terminally ill patient until he inevitably died. In this instance, the essential elements of that care were a feeding tube and a ventilator (i.e., breathing apparatus).

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