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Philippines population control law gets judicial green light
Oliver M. Tuazon | 16 April 2014 |
tags: contraception, Philippines, population control
A so-called reproductive health law is “not unconstitutional” says the Supreme Court. But the new contraceptive era could easily become so.


A deal with the devil
Michael Cook | 11 April 2014 |
tags: ethics, Japan, USA, World War II
Why did American officials refuse to prosecute Japanese doctors who had committed horrendous crimes in World War II?


“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.


Stem cell debacle déjà vu
Michael Cook | 08 April 2014 |
tags: Japan, research ethics, scientism, stem cells
A young Japanese scientist is at the centre of a storm about unethical research. Why?


The modern hospital and its waste products
Rachael Wong | 27 March 2014 |
tags: abortion, ethics, hospitals
Aborted and miscarried babies are burnt with clinical detritus to heat hospitals, but why do we care?


Downton Abbey and abortion rights
Michael Stokes Paulsen | 25 March 2014 |
tags: abortion, Downton Abbey
The popular TV series provides a lesson in how people deal with a "crisis pregnancy".


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?


Quebec should beware of euthanasia
Margaret Somerville | 18 February 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, Canada, euthanasia, Quebec
Respect for life is more than a Christian bias. It is a foundational value of all human societies.


Will China be first to learn its ABC?
Carolyn Moynihan | 07 February 2014 |
tags: abortion-breast cancer link, China, one-child policy
Recent breast cancer studies from China point to abortion as a cause, but the West remains in denial.


Teasing out the facts in the latest abortion report
Priscilla K. Coleman | 04 February 2014 |
tags: abortion, Guttmacher Institute, US
US rates have hit a 40-year low -- but not because of restrictive laws, says the Guttmacher Institute. Does that make sense?


A slow slog toward success
Andrew E. Harrod | 04 February 2014 |
tags: abortion, US
The persistence, inventiveness and grit of their foes is beginning to dishearten pro-abortion activists in America.


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.


Insane conversations: talking to children about euthanasia
Paul Russell | 31 January 2014 |
tags: Belgium, euthansia for children
Exactly how would Belgians discover that a minor wanted to die?


Why genes + environment ≠ Us
Daan van Schalkwijk | 30 January 2014 |
tags: biological determinism, genetics, Tourette's syndrome
A battle against Tourette's syndrome suggests that there is more to human beings than evolutionary biology tells us.


Weighty problems
Michael Cook | 29 January 2014 |
tags: bioethics, obesity, Roman banquets
Is there an ethical limit in the war on obesity?


Does science have answers to absolutely everything?
Denyse O'Leary | 28 January 2014 |
tags: philosophy, science, scientism, Steven Pinker
Science provides only one approach to the human condition -- and not always the most pertinent one.


Faith and science: a dialogue, not a debate
Megan Hodder | 28 January 2014 |
tags: obituaries, science and faith
Ian Barbour’s life demonstrated the harmony between physics and faith.


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.


Defending human dignity and democracy in Europe
Sophia Kuby | 09 January 2014 |
tags: abortion, democracy, Estrela report, European Parliament
The defeat of a radical report in the European Parliament has encouraged the pro-family alliance across Europe.


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?


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