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When do we become autonomous?
Michael Cook | 16 January 2015 |
tags: autonomy, medical treatment, minors
When a 17-year-old rejects chemotherapy - with her mother's support - the state should step in.


The Mario that might have been
Robert P. George | 07 January 2015 |
tags: abortion, Catholic Church, Mario Cuomo, New York
The former governor of New York failed to use his impressive gifts as a politician to defend life.


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.


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