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The debate that never was
Anthony McCarthy | 04 December 2014 |
tags: abortion, free speech, UK
Oxford canned a debate on abortion after protests by feminists. A pity, because the arguments are worth examining.

Where are the true utilitarians who have not bent the knee to Baal?
Michael Cook | 24 November 2014 |
tags: bioethics, Julian Savulescu, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
An Oxford philosopher wants a more positive image for an austere philosophy.

Putting child-bearing on ice
Margaret Somerville | 20 November 2014 |
tags: children's health, egg freezing, reproductive technology
The "ethical yuck factor" is a sound instinct.

The father who fell in love with the stranger who bore his child
Laura Perrins | 18 November 2014 |
tags: donor-conceived children
A donor dad story that shows the power of biological ties.

The UK’s absurd “wrongful births”
Philippa Taylor | 11 November 2014 |
tags: contraception, UK, wrongful birth
The government is shelling out millions to pay for "failed contraception" and "failed sterilizations".

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.

Apple and Facebook are putting their eggs in the wrong freezer
Lea Singh | 20 October 2014 |
tags: egg freezing, IVF, women's health, women's rights
Instead, they should increase their pathetic maternity and parental leave benefits.

Truth is sacred
Damian Adams | 16 September 2014 |
tags: gamete donation, genetics, IVF, sperm donation
Donor-conceived men and women deserve to have accurate records of how they entered the world.

Joan Rivers’ final act
Zac Alstin | 12 September 2014 |
tags: obituaries, plastic surgery, show business, US
America's icon of plastic surgery was a popular comedian, but success came at great personal cost.

Back to school briefing: 7 myths of social psychology
Denyse O'Leary | 05 September 2014 |
tags: neuroscience, social psychology
Many lecture room icons from decades past are looking tarnished now.

Lest we forget
Michael Cook | 04 September 2014 |
tags: eugenics, Nazi euthanasia programme, Nazism
Berlin's new memorial to the victims of Nazi eugenics should prompt us to remember our own.

Pouring cold water on ice buckets
Nathaniel Comfort | 29 August 2014 |
tags: biomedical science, funding, Lou Gehrig Disease
An historian explains why he is not dumping water on his head for the Lou Gehrig campaign.

Dawkins, and what to do about a baby with Downs
Laura Perrins | 22 August 2014 |
tags: abortion, Down syndrome, Richard Dawkins
Advice offered on Twitter sounds brutal - and it is.

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.

Whose baby is it?
Philippa Taylor | 15 August 2014 |
tags: IVF, parenthood
Italian judges will need the wisdom of Solomon to sort out the latest tragic IVF mix-up.

In denial: breast cancer establishment continues to reject abortion link
Gerard M. Nadal | 14 August 2014 |
tags: abortion-breast cancer link
An event in Australia sparks the latest airing of the orthodox position.

The power of cuteness
Nicholas Tonti-Filippini | 12 August 2014 |
tags: Down syndrome, surrogacy
The story of a deserted baby exposes contradictory attitudes towards children with Down syndrome.

When ‘exciting’ trumps ‘honest’
Robert de Vries | 06 August 2014 |
tags: science, science journals, scientific method
Traditional academic journals are encouraging bad science by chasing sensational results.

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.

There’s something very familiar about the UK dying debate
Caroline Farrow | 04 August 2014 |
tags: abortion, euthanasia, UK
Lords and celebrities endorse choice, others find they have little.

Communism’s legacy: ethical yawns
Martin Solc | 31 July 2014 |
tags: bioethics, Czech Republic, infanticide
A controversy over infanticide in the Czech Republic underscores indifference to many ethical issues.

Should birth certificates lie?
Philippa Taylor | 28 July 2014 |
tags: birth certificates, IVF, sperm donation
Too many children are denied the right to know who their genetic parents are.

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