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Michael Cook

Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia. Currently he is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science and contributes occasional op-ed pieces to newspapers and websites in the US, UK and Australia.


Gay activists sink an Australian bridal magazine

19 Nov 2018
The owners quietly refused to celebrate same-sex weddings

Wife critical of journalist husband’s trip to Swiss suicide clinic

13 Nov 2018
‘His death feels unresolved’

Dutchman, 69, wants to turn back the clock on his age

9 Nov 2018
'Young god' claims that he is a victim of trans-ageist discrimination

Are the wheels falling off the transgender juggernaut?

7 Nov 2018
In a surprising move, 'The Economist' expresses grave reservations

Let’s talk about pain

5 Nov 2018
In an increasingly secularised society, suffering noisily beats suffering in silence

Did the leader in California’s governor’s race assist his mother’s suicide?

5 Nov 2018
He has admitted it in an interview with 'The New Yorker'

Do transhumanists need a bill of rights?

2 Nov 2018
It would be useful to protect themselves against the hostility of ordinary mortals

Human dignity in the public square

2 Nov 2018
Do we really need this bioethics folderol?

A remarkable philosopher passes at 99

30 Oct 2018
British philosopher Mary Midgley was a lifelong foe of scientism

Is it possible for doctors to be neutral on physician-assisted suicide?

25 Oct 2018
A large association of American doctors has adopted a position of "engaged neutrality".

Win for conscientious objection in Norway

22 Oct 2018
Doctor who refused to insert IUDs vindicated

When the birds and the bees become a battleground

16 Oct 2018
A recent study brings clarity to the debate over comprehensive sexuality education

In Pakistan, it takes courage to be a Christian

12 Oct 2018
Two stories of heroic women, one of them on death row for 'blaspheming' against the Prophet

Hoax offers hope that post-modernist madness is fading

10 Oct 2018
A hilarious send-up of academic twaddle makes a serious point

Canadian Cardinal defends Pope against cover-up claims

8 Oct 2018
Cardinal Marc Ouellet writes scathing letter to Pope's critic

Transgender illusions

5 Oct 2018
Where is the proof that pandering to teenagers' dysphoria will help their mental health?

Transgender ideology exposed

28 Sep 2018
Here's a quick video summary of the main issues, dangers and opportunities

Canada laying groundwork for child euthanasia

25 Sep 2018
It is still banned, but the government is looking at its options

Affirm transgender kids, says American Academy of Pediatrics

24 Sep 2018
No reason to question their gender choice

Amend law to allow organ donor euthanasia, say Canadian doctors

19 Sep 2018
The first shot in a terrifying revolution in medical ethics

13-year-olds given mastectomies at California clinic

17 Sep 2018
Is this child abuse?

Do transgender women have a right to gestation?

12 Sep 2018
The medical details have yet to be ironed out, but the ethics are ready

‘The Resistance’ to Trump fails a basic test of courage

7 Sep 2018
The New York Times's publication of an anonymous op-ed reveals more about the editors than about the President

Uh-oh! Infanticide is back

4 Sep 2018
Why not? asks bioethicist in leading journal

Let’s all take a chill pill

3 Sep 2018
Catholics need to get a grip and take a calmer look at the crisis in their Church.

Ex-nuncio calls on Pope to resign over sex-abuse cover-up

27 Aug 2018
But how credible are his allegations?

Can sexual orientation change? Yes, according to a new study

21 Aug 2018
Why shouldn't gays and lesbians who want to change be allowed to try?

Obsession with selfies can lead to ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’

21 Aug 2018
Doctored selfies are being used as templates for cosmetic surgery

Damning report slams sex abuse in Pennsylvania by Catholic priests

17 Aug 2018
But lurid stories lead to hysteria, not responsible action

The two faces of physiognomy 

16 Aug 2018
Is sexual orientation written on the faces of gays and lesbians?

The Leyonhjelm bill is a threat to vulnerable Australians

15 Aug 2018
Does a libertarian veterinarian have our best interests at heart?

They shoot horses, don’t they?

10 Aug 2018
If the stress of euthanizing animals drives some vets to suicide, what will happen to euthanasia doctors?

Abortion activists unveil their strategy for attacking conscientious objection

6 Aug 2018
Doctors who object should be exiled from the profession

We can’t abolish conscience. It will destroy Hollywood

3 Aug 2018
Central to the best drama are gut-wrenching moral dilemmas

Cardinal sins

1 Aug 2018
Lessons from the disgrace and downfall of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

British IVF clinics on a “gravy train”: IVF pioneer

1 Aug 2018
Mixing the 'desperation' of couples for a child and the 'avarice' of private practice is a dangerous combination

Three children euthanised in Belgium

27 Jul 2018
Latest official report reveals reasons

101 books Millennials must read before they die

23 Jul 2018
Looking for controversy? Here it is: the must-read list for people who hate to read.

‘Please make comfortable’

29 Jun 2018
An estimated 650 patients at an English hospital had their lives 'shortened'. It has taken 20 years to get to the bottom of the scandal

Books for the social media age I: The Little Prince

22 Jun 2018
It’s the perfect tonic for those besotted with Facebook and Twitter.

Where has all the outrage gone?

19 Jun 2018
2300 American online sex offenders were arrested in three months. The media ignored it. Why?

Is it immoral to love your kids because they are related to you?

7 Jun 2018
Some bioethicists think that it is

Is euthanasia the next logical step for Ireland after abortion?

5 Jun 2018
Junior minister is already drafting a bill

Is ‘cultural Marxism’ to blame for our sorrows?

31 May 2018
A better culprit is the British philosopher John Stuart Mill

Head of Dignitas charged with profiting from assisted suicide

28 May 2018
First case of its kind in Switzerland

Climate change is a killer

25 May 2018
Groundless pessimism about the future can be lethal

Gina Haspel approved as CIA director

17 May 2018
Is the highest moral standard for the CIA really the Army Field Manual?  

American Medical Association stands firm on assisted suicide

15 May 2018
Recent report gives a respectful thumbs-down

Iceland dumps proposed ban on male circumcision

14 May 2018
The debate in the tiny nation highlights important issues for parental rights

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