Margaret Somerville

Margaret Somerville is Samuel
Gale Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, Montreal. She has an extensive national and international publishing and speaking record and frequently comments in all forms of media. Her books include The Ethical Canary: Science, Society and the Human Spirit (Penguin 2000); and The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit (Anansi 2006; CBC 2006 Massey Lectures).  Among her many honours and awards are the Order of Australia, seven honorary
doctorates, and the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science.

Canada debates foetal homicide
8 Apr 2008 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Canada
Sound evidence and sound language are absent in pro-choice arguments.

Who dare call it futile?
13 Mar 2008 | FEATURES |  
A Canadian man’s life depends on a ventilator. His relatives want to keep it on; his doctors want to turn it off.

Abortion: giving new life to the debate
26 Jan 2008 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Canada
Anniversaries of court decisions in the United States and Canada highlight the need for open discussion of this moral issue in the public square.

Recognising the youngest victims of crime
23 Nov 2007 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Canada
The complexities and controversies of using law to protect the foetus.

Crossing the species boundary
8 Nov 2007 | FEATURES |  
The possibility of creating a bewildering variety of human-animal combinations requires profound ethical reflection.

Balancing feminism and femininity
30 Sep 2007 | FEATURES |  
However politically incorrect it may sound, nature meant women and men to have complementary roles and mentalities.

Dispossessed and forgotten: the new class of genetic orphans
18 Sep 2007 | FEATURES |  
tags: IVF
Being a mother or father used to be the only bond you could not break -- until the arrival of reproductive technology.

Canada ponders polygamy
20 Aug 2007 | FEATURES |  
tags: polyamory, polygamy, same-sex marriage
Now that same-sex marriage has been legalised, it seems inconsistent to prosecute Canada's polygamists.

Should we create a market for making children?
10 Aug 2007 | FEATURES |  
Powerful groups are lobbying to commercialise the fertility industry in Canada. They should be resisted.

Patenting life
21 Jun 2007 | FEATURES |  
An American biologist's race to create artificial life raises knotty ethical questions.

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