News on bioethics


After three-parent babies, will there be “multiplex parenting”?
Michael Cook | 29 October 2014
tags: bioethics, IVF, three-parent embryos
A debate over an IVF technique in Britain has serious social consequences.

Eugenics wasn’t always a dirty word
Calum MacKellar | 19 August 2014
tags: bioethics, eugenics, Scotland
A Scottish bioethicist recalls famous Scots who wanted to create a better humanity.

Baby Gammy case reveals murky side of commercial surrogacy
Sonia Allan | 05 August 2014
tags: commercialization, commodification of human life, surrogacy
Brokers are sending their clients to a handful of countries where it is legal to bear children for profit.

What if software could suffer?
Michael Cook | 03 June 2014
tags: artificial intelligence, Jeremy Bentham, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
A thought experiment proves that the reasoning for animal rights is on the wrong track.

IVF’s tarnished halo
Michael Cook | 06 May 2014
tags: assisted reproductive technology, IVF, sperm donation
A horror story from Utah shows the crumbling ethical foundations of the assisted reproduction industry.

“Is this the upshot of your experiment?”
Jill Burcham | 10 April 2014
tags: bioethics, three-parent embryos
A Nathaniel Hawthorne tale of scientific obsession sheds light on today's designer children.

Expendable mothers
Melinda Tankard Reist | 05 March 2014
tags: parenthood, same-sex adoption, same-sex parenting, surrogacy
The surrogacy industry treats women like disposable commodities.

Barcoding embryos
Michael Cook | 04 March 2014
tags: bioethics, IVF
What message is being sent when you begin life as a number?

Stunning discovery creates ethical stem cells
Michael Cook | 31 January 2014
tags: bioethics, stem cells
Immersing cells in acid creates pluripotent stem cells? Who could believe that? But it could be the future.

Turning a blind eye
Peter Saunders | 24 January 2014
tags: abortion, perjury, UK
Illegal abortion and perjury are frequent in Britain but the law does nothing.

Surprised by Freude
Gilbert Colon | 19 January 2014
tags: abortion, film reviews, Roe v. Wade
On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, here's a reflection on a famous child who could have been aborted.

Enduring power
J. Donald Boudreau | 08 January 2014
tags: bioethics, Hippocratic Oath
After 2,400 years, the Hippocratic Oath still inspires doctors. Why is a leading bioethicist mocking it?

Are two out of three people really secret torturers?
Denyse O'Leary | 12 December 2013
tags: psychology, Stanley Milgram, torture
The famous “obedience” experiments by Stanley Milgram: what did they really show?

Belgium, where death becomes the norm, living the exception
Margaret Somerville | 07 November 2013
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, film reviews, suffering
A documentary about ten years of legal euthanasia is a touchstone for radically different approaches to suffering.

Sweetening the pill
Carolyn Moynihan | 15 October 2013
tags: book reviews, contraceptive drugs, fertility awareness
A young woman dissolves the sugar coating on the contraceptive pill and exposes its harmful, anti-woman core.

International opposition grows to UK’s three-parent embryos
Jenny Leigh | 12 October 2013
tags: bioethics, three-parent embryos, UK
The British government is about to embark on the precedent-shattering move of allowing genome engineering.

Paying the price for their autonomy
Tom Mortier | 05 October 2013
tags: autonomy, Belgium, euthanasia
Some Belgian doctors have discovered an easy way to cover up their mistakes. By killing them.

Her perfect boy
Lane DeGregory | 03 October 2013
tags: motherhood, Trisomy 18
A Florida mother shows what real love is as she cares for a child with Trisomy 18.

A daughter’s death and a father’s abortion pill battle
Monty L. Patterson | 19 September 2013
tags: chemical abortion, RU486
An Oklahoma law banning off-label use of abortion pills goes to the Supreme Court.

The painful quest of fertility junkies
Miriam Zoll and Pamela Tsigdinos | 12 September 2013
tags: assisted reproductive technology, fertility industry, IVF
A US$4 billion industry is selling its products to desperate and vulnerable women.

Since when did abortion trump the rule of law?
Peter Smith | 12 September 2013
tags: abortion, rule of law, UK
British officials claim that the prosecution of illegal sex-selective abortion is not in the public interest. They are wrong.

Organ trafficking is still a protected crime
Nancy Scheper-Hughes | 03 September 2013
tags: bioethics, organ trafficking
Economic crises are creating a pool of desperate people who are willing to sell their kidneys for cash.

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