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Bill Muehlenberg

Bill Muehlenberg is Secretary of the Family Council of Victoria, and lectures in ethics and philosophy at various Melbourne theological colleges.


How many parents would your child like?
6 Aug 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: assisted reproductive technology, family structure, IVF
The new Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) have allowed the creation of brave new families. Whereas earlier it took a man and a woman to produce a child, now there are all sorts of combinations available. A child can be manufactured with any number of players involved.


Talking about budget cuts, how about population cuts?
18 Jun 2012 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: population control, Ted Turner
“Media mogul and population control advocate Ted Turner recently told citizen journalists he would like to reduce the world’s population by five billion people, asking parents to be a ‘one child family… for 100 years.’"


Are the Australian Greens bigots?
23 May 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, Greens, polyamory
Shame on those intolerant and discriminatory Australian Greens. How dare they exclude so many people from their basic right to love and marry? They are determined to prevent loving and committed polyamorists from marrying. Unbelievable!


The faulty diagnosis trap
13 May 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: medical mistakes, misdiagnosis
An incredible story reported in this week's press underscores yet again why we never should legalise euthanasia. It is in fact a bittersweet story, because it could have ended up with such a horrible outcome. Instead it was a delightful and joyous outcome. The story concerns an Australian woman who was reported to be brain dead, and was about to go six feet under, were it not for the intervention of her concerned husband. Here is how the story goes:


Should women serve as front-line troops?
15 Apr 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: feminism, women in military
A grubby scandal involving Australian Defence Force cadets shows the danger of placing women in combat roles.


Making the Good Book animal-friendly
31 Mar 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: animal rights, personhood, religion
An animal rights group wants a non-discriminatory translation of the Bible.


Abortion of twins exposes twisted logic
11 Jan 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, IVF, philosophy, sex selection
Reaction to a couple's decision to abort twin boys because they wanted a girl has provoked some surprising comment


A slippery slope to forced euthanasia?
5 Oct 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: ageing population, euthanasia, over-population
Pressure for legalising euthanasia has been stepped up in Australia by the pro-euthanasia Greens.


The challenge of imperfection
22 Jul 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: Down syndrome, eugenics, World Cup
Why are we exterminating Down syndrome children if they can bring so much joy?


A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy
28 Jun 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: animal rights, Peter Singer
An American bioethics writer defends "human exceptionalism" against the sometimes sinister agenda of the animal liberation movement.


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