Xavier Symons

Xavier Symons is Deputy Editor of BioEdge, which is also published by New Media Foundation. He is doing a PhD in bioethics at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.



Disabled child abandoned in Ukraine shines light on troubled surrogacy industry
26 Aug 2019 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: commercial surrogacy, surrogacy, Ukraine
Children are being abandoned by their commissioning parents


Assisted dying bill reinforces deadly cultural assumptions
19 Jun 2019 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Victoria
Today euthanasia and assisted suicide become legal in the Australian state of Victoria


Is voluntary stopping of eating and drinking an ethical alternative?
15 Nov 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, VSED
Dying of thirst is a terrible way to die


New study casts doubt on effectiveness of euthanasia regulation in the Netherlands
9 Nov 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
Review committees struggle to judge if patients are eligible


Have Aboriginal people been consulted about same-sex marriage?
10 Oct 2017 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Aboriginal Australia, same-sex marriage
Minority voices are being ignored by Australia's Establishment


Why can’t we agree on same-sex marriage?
25 Sep 2017 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, incommensurability, rhetoric, same-sex marriage
Deep currents within our culture keep the opposing sides from communicating with each other


‘Existential distress’, not pain, drives euthanasia
31 May 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: canada, euthanasia, existential distress
Euthanasia victims in Canada tend to be white and relatively affluent


Vale Leonard Cohen, high priest of erotic romanticism
16 Nov 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Leonard Cohen, music, obituaries
The iconic Canadian musician wrote great songs, but does anyone listen to the lyrics?


Is freedom of conscience a fundamental right in healthcare?
3 Oct 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortions, freedom of conscience, healthcare ethics
Yes, but it cannot be completely open-ended.


Me Before You: life, disability and ‘inspiration porn’
15 Jun 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, Dignitas, disability, films
The British rom-com wraps a poison pill in sparkly cellophane.


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