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Unpacking the labels in the abortion debate
Margaret Somerville | 26 June 2014 |
tags: abortion, Canada
Like North Korea and China, Canada has no abortion law. What is to be done?


Why is Richard Dawkins scaring kids out of reading fairy tales?
Martin Fitzgerald | 13 June 2014 |
tags: Darwinism, evolution, Richard Dawkins
It's peculiar advice from someone who believes in them himself.


Why are men more in favour of abortion?
Philippa Taylor | 10 June 2014 |
tags: abortion, gender stereotypes
Polls show that men are more liberal on abortion limits than women.


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.


Is this democracy? 28 EU commissioners veto 2 million strong petition
Carolyn Moynihan | 30 May 2014 |
tags: abortion, democracy, embryonic stem cell research, European Union
You don’t have to be a Eurosceptic to have issues with Big Europe.


Motherhood at 40: how women came to believe a modern myth
Miriam Zoll | 29 May 2014 |
tags: infertility, IVF
It's time the media and sex education told the truth about women's fertility.


Paid for her silence: the exploitation of Kylee Gilman
Jennifer Lahl | 19 May 2014 |
tags: egg donation
No one should prey upon vulnerable women, endangering their health to harvest their eggs.


The abortion selfie of Emily Letts
Kelly Bartlett | 13 May 2014 |
tags: abortion, YouTube
A young actress gained instant notoriety when she posted her abortion on YouTube.


It’s true, denying IVF to gay men is unfair discrimination
Lea Singh | 08 May 2014 |
tags: reproductive technology, same-sex parenting
The rights of the child have already been swept aside for others.


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.


Until death do us part
Audrey D. Cole | 29 April 2014 |
tags: end-of-life issues, euthanasia
I am haunted by the thought of loving intimacy replaced by a lethal injection.


Assisted suicide: the issue we can’t afford to get wrong
Margaret Somerville | 29 April 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, Canada, euthanasia
Good facts are absolutely essential for good ethics.


Rereading mediaeval science
Tom McLeish , Giles Gasper and Hannah Smithson | 28 April 2014 |
tags: faith and science, history, Middle Ages, science
The world of the 13th century bishop, poet, politician, mathematician and scientist Robert Grosseteste is finally being explored.


Could we choose to dialogue?
Megan Hodder | 17 April 2014 |
tags: abortion, freedom
"Anti-choice", "pro-abortion" -- let's stop the name calling and talk about principles.


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?


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