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  • BioEdge: War in Gaza prompts war in The Lancet
    any side whose actions lead to civilian casualties The role of the doctor is to protect serve and speak up for life That too is the role of a medical journal The incendiary letter by Paola Manduca et al spoke of Israeli lies and described the 95 of Israeli academics who did not openly oppose the war as complicit in the massacre and destruction of Gaza Enraged Israeli doctors responded immediately The President of the Israeli Medical Association Leonid Eidelman and the Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Health Arnon Afek compared the letter to Nazi doctors anti semitism and denounced it as a clearly political and biased letter They pointed out that Israeli hospitals treat Israelis both Arabs and Jews without distinction and even treat Palestinians Another denounced the dehumanisation and bigotry of Manduca et al s letter and urged The Lancet to reassess its practice of biased publishing in the service of polarising political interests of one group The Israeli correspondents stressed the implacable hostility of Hamas towards Israel its refusal to allow Gazans to receive Israeli health care and the thousands of rockets which it has launched at Israel Eidelman and Afek wrote We agree with Manduca and colleagues that the military action terrifies those who are not directly hit and wounds the soul mind and resilience of the younger generation This is certainly the case regarding the children of the 6 million Israelis including Arabs of a population of 8 million who live in terror of the rocket attacks The younger generation is also being harmed by Hamas itself who not only indoctrinates them with hatred but uses them as child labour in building tunnels resulting in the deaths of 160 children In summary hundreds of civilians are dying but the politics of the conflict

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/war_in_gaza_prompts_war_in_the_lancet/11116 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Israel has been treated very gingerly by most of the major medical journals Except The Lancet 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/publication+ethics (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Israel debates assisted suicide
    he does not have the authority to kill He may give pain medication even in heavy doses as death nears but cannot kill And in the Jerusalem Post Rabbi Shimshon HaKohen Nadel writes Israel is not Belgium the Netherlands or the State of Oregon The State of Israel is the Jewish state and religious affiliations aside Judaism values life above all In Judaism life has sanctity A law legalizing physician assisted suicide threatens to undermine the Jewish character of the Jewish state It s high time we embrace our status as a light unto the nations As the Shelah bill proceeds to a preliminary reading and is assigned to a committee the State of Israel as the Jewish state has an obligation to articulate a clear message to the world that life has value and sanctity and must be protected and preserved MORE ON THESE TOPICS assisted suicide Israel 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 donation Commercial media must contact

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/israel_debates_assisted_suicide/11020 (2016-02-18)
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  • Israel Medical Association condemns new force-feeding bill
    harm Avinoam Reches a senior neurologist at Jerusalem s Hadassah University Medical Center and longtime chairman of the medical association s ethics bureau said that the bill treats prisoners worse than animals Israel has a law forbidding the forced feeding of geese to produce better and more pâté de foie gras If so why would it allow the force feeding of security prisoners Reches is also concerned about the consequences for physicians working in prisons If they refuse to force feed for ethical reasons they could be dismissed and lose their income Arnon Afek Director of Israel s general health ministry says that the association s concerns are unfounded The amendment would be just one tool in dealing with many aspects of caring for prisoners Most of it involves medical treatment and not force feeding There are many checks and balances in the amendment MORE ON THESE TOPICS force feeding hunger strike Israel This article is published by Xavier Symons 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 donation

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/israels_medical_association_condemns_new_force_feeding_bill/11021 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Campaign for ‘fertility equality’ begins in Israel
    be a father she said The new legislative program comes in the wake of the 2012 findings of the Public Commission for the Evaluation of Fertility and Childbirth German has adopted all but a few of the recommendations from this report Amongst other changes German wants to allow married men and women to seek fertility treatment with another individual without their spouse knowing The minister did not go as far as saying surrogates could be paid for their services Though German wants to make surrogacy more legally available Israel is currently suffering from a shortage of surrogate mothers From 2007 to 2012 313 Israelis found surrogate mothers abroad compared to only 228 in Israel The imbalance has become even worse recently In 2012 126 went through the process abroad while only 41 did so in Israel MORE ON THESE TOPICS Israel surrogacy This article is published by Xavier Symons 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 donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/campaign_for_fertility_equality_begins_in_israel/10817 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Convicted paedophile gets child from surrogate mother in India
    reports but children s rights advocates are alarmed In the past six years 200 children have come to Israel via foreign surrogacy said NCC Executive Director Dr Yitzhak Kadman This case is a good wake up call that there are changes that have to be made Overseas surrogacies have risen steeply in recent years because of the difficulties in organising them in Israel especially for homosexual couples A bill regulating surrogacy is stalled in India s Parliament In the meantime there is no effective regulation Rekha Agarwal a Supreme Court lawyer dealing with adoption cases told the Indian website DNA MORE ON THESE TOPICS India Israel surrogacy 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 donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed MOST READ

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/convicted_paedophile_gets_child_from_surrogate_mother_in_india/10560 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Israeli sperm donor wants his stuff back
    decided to conceive another child she was told that the man had withdrawn his consent After a religious conversion he felt remorseful about allowing his sperm to be used by a woman he did not know to conceive a child he did not love Galit was outraged at this injustice and launched a lawsuit Her daughter must have a biological full sibling she contends It is out of the question for a sperm donor to change his mind she told Haaretz I planned a family and then one fine day after donating sperm and who knows how many children he has already he changes his mind He changed his way of life but what about my way of life The High Court of Justice was sympathetic but supported the sperm donor s right of autonomy One can understand the viewpoint of a person who after thinking it over reached the conclusion which he had not entertained when he decided for various reasons to donate sperm that he does not want children to be born from his sperm because he did not choose them or their mother has no ties with them and will not raise them Galit begs to differ All through the judgment the justices refer to his feelings but no one mentioned my feelings I am a mother raising a daughter alone She plans to appeal the ruling MORE ON THESE TOPICS Israel sperm donation 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 donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/israeli_sperm_donor_wants_his_stuff_back/10418 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Palestinian boy born from sperm smuggled out of Israeli prison
    allowed to artificially inseminate his wife who gave birth to a son in 2007 Even Rabin s murderer had a baby while he was in prison so why should Palestinians be deprived of that right asked the official Ammar Ziban s sperm was sorted to ensure that the child would be a boy The couple already had two girls and they wanted a male to carry on the family line In an analysis of this thorny bioethical and political issue Mary Yarwood of BioNews highlights some of the legal issues for English prisoners In 2001 the House of Lords upheld the government s argument that murderer Gavin Mellor should not be allowed to father or bear children for three reasons a it is an explicit consequence of imprisonment that prisoners should not have the opportunity to found a family b there would likely be serious and justified public concern if prisoners continued to have the opportunity to conceive children while in prison and c it is undesirable as a general rule for children to be brought up in single parent families However the European Court of Human Rights disagreed in the subsequent case of another murderer Kirk Dickson and declared that denial of reproductive rights is not a necessary consequence of imprisonment Yarwood agreed with the ECHR However in her opinion there was definitely something bioethically amiss in the case of the Palestinian prisoner the sperm sorting Whilst the Zibdens may argue that they needed a son to balance their family the desire to carry on the family line also indicates that male children are valued more highly than girls In this respect the use of sperm sorting is more troubling than the initial act of sperm smuggling out of the prison AFP Aug 13 NB the spelling of the

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/palestinian_boy_born_from_sperm_smuggled_out_of_israeli_prison/10235 (2016-02-18)
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