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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    be safe and unhackable Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF audit in Australia 13 Feb 2016 Archive Feb 2016

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/hacking (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Fertility awareness campaigns backfire
    not rely on their increasing age as a method of contraception He says that career minded women used to delay motherhood until it was too late now they are abandoning their contraceptive habits too early and as a result some end up aborting their unexpected children He said The message needs to be that fertility is lower in older women when compared with younger women that fertility does decline after the age of 35 but women over the age of 35 are still fertile and need to use contraception right up to the menopause if they do not want to conceive Josephine Quintavalle of Comment on Reproductive Ethics observed Women have lost touch with the nature of human reproduction Women need more information about their own biology Not everything can be fixed with a trip to the chemist for the abortion pill or to the IVF clinic MORE ON THESE TOPICS abortion contraception fertility This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/fertility_awareness_campaigns_backfire/10972 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Iran tries to reverse falling birth rates
    in it he declared Westerners have got problems Because their population growth is negative they are worried and fear that if our population increases we will triumph over them But this fizzled His advisors had a quiet word in his ear and Ahmadinejad turned his mind to other ways of threatening the West Iran s population problem is a result of one of the most remarkable demographic shifts in world history The fertility rate has declined from 7 children per woman in 1980 to 1 9 today a drop of 70 in the space of a single generation About 80 of married women use contraception the highest rate among all the countries in the Middle East These staggering statistics confound stereotypes about Iran Even though the Western media depicts this nation of 70 million as a teeming cauldron of Islamic fundamentalism and social and moral conservatism the trend to lower birth rates began long ago In 1967 Mohammad Reza Shah signed the Tehran Declaration This acknowledged family planning as a human right and programs were quickly established After the 1979 Islamic Revolution booted out the Shah they were dismantled for being pro Western But contraceptive use was not totally banned Then came the calamitous eight year between Iran and Iraq in which Iran suffered as many as a million casualties In these drastic circumstances a large population was regarded as an asset and the government promoted large families After the war there was a 180 degree turn Shocked by the rapidly growing population the government vigorously promoted family planning as a path to economic development Women were encouraged to space births and to stop at three Although there was no overt coercion a 1993 social engineering law penalised large families by terminating family allowances health benefits and maternity leave for

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/iran_tries_to_reverse_falling_birth_rates/10938 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    British Pregnancy Advisory Service has made getting the morning after pill as easy as ordering a pizza but unlike pizza it will be free Obama administration bans morning after pill for under 17s Michael Cook 10 December 2011 Comments tags morning after pill Obama In a surprise move the Obama Administration has overruled a decision by the Federal Food and Drug Adminisration to allow girls under 17 to buy the

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/morning-after+pill (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    all ages says judge Michael Cook 06 April 2013 Comments tags contraception Plan B A federal judge has ordered the US Food and Drug Administration to make the morning after pill available to girls under 17 without a prescription Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Plan+B (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Plan B must be available over-the-counter for all ages, says judge
    with its plan to allow Plan B to be sold to all girls without age limits he would have been vulnerable to Republican jibes that he was ignoring family values Mr Obama declared that he strongly supported the restriction even though his own supporters interpreted it as the triumph of politics over science The reason Kathleen made this decision is that she could not be confident that a 10 year old or an 11 year old going to a drugstore should be able alongside bubble gum or batteries be able to buy a medication that potentially if not used properly could have an adverse effect Mr Obama declared at the time And I think most parents would probably feel the same way But almost no one thought that he really believed this This may be a free pass for them said Lars Noah a professor at the University of Florida College of Law told Reuters You can say our hands were tied we were forced to cave in Whatever the political calculus is I d be shocked if they appealed this They are probably just going to walk away from this one and maybe thank their lucky stars this is how they got to the right outcome Abortion rights groups hailed the court s decision Women all over the country will no longer face arbitrary delays and barriers just to get emergency contraception said Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights Opponents said that it would promote criminal activity When these are right out there with the bubble gum they re going to be part of the date rape cocktail said Karen Brauer president of Pharmacists for Life MORE ON THESE TOPICS contraception Plan B This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/plan_b_must_be_available_over_the_counter_for_all_ages_says_judge/10461 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Israel halts underhanded contraceptive injections for Ethiopian migrants
    the Law of Return but they face discrimination and have not always integrated well into Israeli society Births among Ethiopian women have dropped by 50 in the last decade according to a report by the Vacuum investigative news program on Israeli Educational Television This story reeks of racism paternalism and arrogance It s a story to be ashamed of journalist Gal Gabai concluded Ethiopian women told the journalists stories of unsubtle coercion and misinformation They said Come there are vaccinations gather everyone one of them said We said we wouldn t receive it They said You won t move to Israel Women said that they were told that it would be hard for them to work or find accommodation of they had large families This is not a new problem but the government is finally facing up to the lack of informed consent on the part of a marginalised poorly educated minority In 2008 Hedva Eyal of the feminist group Isha L Isha wrote a report alleging that the medical profession had failed Ethiopian migrant women The paternalistic attitude towards women of Ethiopian origin and the state s concern over high rates of birth among poor and black populations drove Israeli official bodies such as The Jewish Agency and the medical establishment to act allegedly for the benefit of women s health but in fact according to the concepts and wishes of the establishment regarding the desirable way to conduct family life As a result and as this paper shows women did not get crucial medical information and their right of choice regarding their bodies families and lives was severely curtailed MORE ON THESE TOPICS contraception informed consent Israel This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/israel_halts_underhanded_contraceptive_injections_for_ethiopian_migrants/10377 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Is a male contraceptive on the way?
    any drug across the blood testis barrier where it can reach the sperm generating cells Known as JQ1 the compound targets a testis specific protein called BRDT that is essential for fertility When mice are given the BRDT inhibiting molecule they begin producing fewer sperm and those sperm they do produce don t swim as well There are no apparent adverse effects on the males future offspring We envision that our discoveries can be completely translated to men providing a novel and efficacious strategy for a male contraceptive the researchers wrote However not everyone is convinced They ve found a nice system for studying spermatogenesis but it would be a stretch to say that there s a human application in the near future Mark Gill of the Novartis Research Foundation in Switzerland told Nature He points out that there could have been developmental abnormalities unnoticed by the researchers or problems which develop later in life Drug companies have stopped working on male contraceptives because it is too risky MORE ON THESE TOPICS contraception This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/is_a_male_contraceptive_on_the_way/10197 (2016-02-18)
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