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How a Reproductive Health Pioneer Became an 'Instant Convert' Reading Humanae Vitae
Last edited 23rd October 2014

As founders of an institute studying reproductive healthcare, Thomas and Susan Hilgers have seen the benefits that natural family planning can offer in the realms of health, sexuality and human relationships.


Will Egg Freezing Liberate Women?
Last edited 20th October 2014

NBC News announced that the tech companies, Apple and Facebook, are now covering the cost of egg freezing for their female employees. The story reads like a press release for the assisted reproductive technology (ART) industry, avoiding any mention of high failure rates or potential health risks to infants born from an egg frozen in liquid nitrogen.


Canada at a Deadly Crossroads
Last edited 16th October 2014

On Wednesday, October 15 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the appeal in the Carter case. It will decide whether the Criminal Code’s prohibition of assisted suicide is constitutional. If the prohibition is struck down, doctors will be involved in assisted suicide and euthanasia. As physicians, we have followed with a growing sense of dismay the public debate over whether to introduce into medical practice the act of inflicting death. We write to you today to give a medical perspective on this crucial debate.

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.

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