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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    pendulum has swung so far The people who need pain medication can t click here to read whole article and make comments US military to offer sperm and egg storage by Michael Cook 6 Feb 2016 As part of its effort to make the US Department of Defense a more family friendly employer Secretary Ashton Carter has announced that the military will pay for storing eggs and sperm for its troops as well as for more IVF treatment Women soldiers are at risk of missing out on their peak reproductive years by taking up a career in the military and men in combat risk damage to their reproductive organs At a press conference at which he outlined measures ranging from creating 3 600 breast feeding rooms to more IVF clinics Carter explained the new policy on gamete storage We can help our men and women preserve their ability to start a family even if they suffer certain combat injuries That s why we will cover the cost of freezing sperm or eggs through a pilot program for active duty service members a benefit click here to read whole article and make comments Zika birth control and free abortion pills by Xavier Symons 6 Feb 2016 As concern mounts about the spread of the Zika virus groups around the world are suggesting radical measures for North and South America Perhaps the most extreme response has been from abortion activist Rebecca Gomperts the founder and director of Women on Web Gomperts organisation is offering women infected with Zika free abortion pills apparently to halt the rush toward unsafe termination of pregnancy The Zika virus is now spreading to most of the countries where abortion is very restricted Gomperts told AFP We really care about women s health and lives and we want to make sure that women have access to a good medical abortion Zika is thought to cause microcephaly a rare birth defect although the link is yet to be scientifically proven Abortion is illegal in Brazil save a few exceptions and government authorities intercept abortifacients being shipped into the country Gomperts is calling on the click here to read whole article and make comments Three parent babies but only males by Xavier Symons 6 Feb 2016 The US National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine has recommended that US government allow mitochondrial DNA transfer in male embryos The Academy made the recommendation in report issued last week entitled Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques Ethical Social and Policy Considerations The report s authors recognize the ethical complexities of the procedure which was approved by the UK Parliament last year but nevertheless suggest that the DNA alterations involved are minimal enough to make it ethically permissible As stated in the abstract While significant ethical social and policy considerations are associated with MRT the most germane of these issues can be avoided through limitations on the use of MRT or are blunted by meaningful differences between the heritable genetic modification introduced by MRT and heritable

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/P10 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    it as a political hit click here to read whole article and make comments London sperm bank allegedly promoting eugenics by Michael Cook 29 Jan 2016 The largest sperm bank in the UK is being investigated by the national fertility regulator for promoting eugenic practices Following complaints about the London Sperm Bank the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority has asked why donors with a long list of medical conditions are being excluded These include attention deficit disorder ADD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD autism Asperger syndrome dyslexia severe obsessive compulsive disorder colour blindness cystic fibrosis Alzheimer s disease epilepsy Parkinson disease and the motor disorder dyspraxia Media attention focused on dyslexia as a number of prominent high achievers have been dyslexics like Sir Richard Branson and Steve Jobs Fred Fisher a 30 year old dyslexic Oxford graduate who is working as a software engineers was rejected by the sperm bank I told them this was eugenics but it s not even good eugenics Would they turn away Richard Branson or Albert Einstein We need innovative people who click here to read whole article and make comments New French law creates right to terminal sedation by Michael Cook 29 Jan 2016 The French National Assembly has approved a law which creates a right to terminal sedation until death but not to euthanasia or assisted suicide The law has been debated for years and the present text is a consensus which tries to maintain a middle ground between voluntary euthanasia and therapeutic obstinacy Patients have a right to request deep continuous sedation altering consciousness until death but only if they are at the end of life Doctors may stop life sustaining treatments including artificial hydration and nutrition Sedation and painkillers will be allowed even if they may shorten the person s life Socialist Alain Claeys co author of the bill said Our text has one purpose fighting a bad dying that still happens too often in France The conservative co author Jean Leonetti explained At end of your life if the suffering is unbearable you ll be allowed to get to sleep soothed and click here to read whole article and make comments Pope sets out his bioethics priorities by Michael Cook 29 Jan 2016 Sentences with the two words Pope and bioethics are normally accompanied by a not prohibitions of therapies and criticisms of theories Pope Francis s latest remarks mark a refreshing change in style though not in substance In an address this week to the Italian National Bioethics Committee the Pope set down priorities for bioethicists 1 The inter disciplinary analysis of the causes of environmental degradation This is obviously a topic dear to his heart as he devoted an entire encyclical to it last year But it is not a conventional topic for bioethicists Catholic or not 2 Disability and marginalization of vulnerable subjects This appears to be a new way of approaching the traditional Catholic insistence on protecting life from conception to natural death It is the

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/P20 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    burden of health care on women without regard to any religious dispute over the propriety of artificial contraception Catholic Charities was breaching the Women s Contraceptive Equity Act a law which was intended to eliminate discrimination against women who spend as much as 68 more than men in out of pocket health costs mostly on contraceptives Margaret Crosby of the click here to read whole article and make comments Cancer patients should die at home says charity by Michael Cook 5 Mar 2004 A UK charity Marie Curie Cancer Care is lobbying the government to fund home care so that patients can die at home with their families A survey commissioned by the charity found that 64 of people would like to die at home if they were terminally ill But tight palliative care budgets mean that only 25 are able to do so The charity has calculated that the Government could save 200 million a year in hospital costs if it spent 100 million on home care Tom Hughes Hallet the CEO of the charity says the choice to die at home is not there for everyone We want to give people the choice to die at home surrounded by their family and what people want time and time again is to be with their pets often their greatest friend in their life Very often the patient will got into hospital because they do not want to be a burden to their click here to read whole article and make comments Regulating suicide tourism in Switzerland by Michael Cook 5 Mar 2004 Frustrated by the Swiss central government s lethargy Zurich s public prosecutor is drafting legislation to clamp down on suicide tourism and to burden assisted suicide groups with red tape and expenses Last month the Swiss justice minister Christoph Blocher decided that a federal law on assisted suicide was not a priority for him even though the number of foreigners who have killed themselves in Zurich with the help of an organisation called Dignitas increased from 3 in 1999 to 91 in 2003 Prosecutor Andreas Brunner fears that suicide organisations may not be operating within the law Since most of their clients spend only a single day in Switzerland it is very difficult to assess whether they really have a long standing wish to die People with mental illnesses may also be ending their lives The law also stipulates that the patient must administer the poison himself but in one recent case an assistant poured a click here to read whole article and make comments Scientists can be rascals say journal editors by Michael Cook 5 Mar 2004 Some researchers are up to no good according to the annual report of the Committee on Publishing Ethics Although the number of misdemeanours 29 is a tiny fraction of the tens of thousands of scientific papers published each year the committee is drafting a code of ethics which requires editors to report them As the Nature News Service commented

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/P4660 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    February 2016 Link tags CRISPR embryo research gene editing UK Developmental biologist Kathy Niakan has received permission from the UK HFEA to edit the genome of embryos Bioethics and royalty Xavier Symons 06 February 2016 Link tags Belgium law paternity paternity tests A Belgian court has granted Delphine Boel a 46 year old artist currently living in the UK the right to seek legal recognition of her alleged royal parentage

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/archive/2016/02/P15 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    step of backing a quick vote on the bill in the new parliamentary term Euthanasia off the boil in Quebec Michael Cook 11 April 2014 Comments tags Canada euthanasia Quebec After the April 7 election there may be less appetite for the controversial policy Quebec euthanasia bill tabled Michael Cook 23 June 2013 Comments tags euthanasia Quebec The Quebec government has tabled euthanasia legislation after nearly five years of debate Some Quebec doctors resisting drive for euthanasia Xavier Symons 22 February 2013 Comments tags euthanasia Quebec Some Quebec doctors are beginning to fight back against a drive for legalised euthanasia Quebec moves towards euthanasia Michael Cook 19 January 2013 Comments tags assisted suicide euthanasia Quebec Quebec is slowly moving towards legal or quasi legal euthanasia Quebec could legalise euthanasia Michael Cook 26 March 2012 Comments tags euthanasia Quebec A parliamentary committee in Quebec has recommended the legalisation of euthanasia with strict safeguards Its report Mourir dans la dignité Dying With Dignity contends that dying is a part of life and since medical assistance is used to prolong life it should also be used in extreme cases to end it Quebec euthanasia debate fires up Jared Yee 04 September 2010 Comments

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  • BioEdge: The dark past of progressive eugenics
    racism and anti Semitism Eugenics was literally regarded as a religion by leading economists In 1915 Irving Fisher one of the greatest of the early 20 th century told a Race Betterment Conference organised by cornflakes inventor and eugenicist John Henry Kellogg that eugenics was the foremost plan of human redemption Religious opponents notably the Catholic Church were a shrinking minority which had also opposed Copernicus Galileo and Darwin It all seemed very scientific In The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald s famous novel the central character complains that civilization is spinning apart and that if we don t look out the white race will be will be utterly submerged It s all scientific stuff it s been proved D H Lawrence best known as the author of Lady Chatterley s Lover believed that inferior stock should be eliminated Anticipating the horrors of Auschwitz he wrote in 1905 If I had my way I would build a lethal chamber as big as the Crystal Palace with a military band playing softly and a Cinematograph working brightly then I d go out in the back streets and main streets and bring them in all the sick the halt and the maimed I would lead them gently and they would smile me a weary thanks and the band would softly bubble out the Hallelujah Chorus Leonard s focus is the effect of eugenics upon economics so he also covers discrimination against African Americans disputes between labour and capital and immigration MORE ON THESE TOPICS eugenics 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/the-dark-past-of-progressive-eugenics/11719 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Complications of “effective referral”
    surname is being withheld because of Germany s privacy laws was employed at Auschwitz from October 1943 to January 1944 and worked as a paramedic there for one month from August 15 to September 14 1944 During that month 14 trains transporting Jews from all over Europe including the teenage diarist Anne Frank arrived and their passengers were sent to the gas chambers Mr Z did not participate in the killings However according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald the prosecution s office holds that he was aware of the camp s function as a facility for mass murder By joining its organisational structure he consciously participated and even accelerated the deaths of thousands of people He is being charged with complicity in 3 681 deaths Last July 94 year old Oscar Groening who was dubbed the bookkeeper of Auschwitz was convicted and sentenced to four years in jail even though he had no direct involvement in the deaths of the camp s inmates Before the conviction of Ukranian American camp guard John Demjanjuk in 2011 German authorities refrained from prosecuting cogs in the machine Since then however several people have been brought to trial A 91 year old woman who worked as a radio operator at Auschwitz has been charged with complicity in 260 000 deaths Her trial will go ahead later this year in the northern city of Kiel if she is found fit Perhaps it makes sense for doctors to have misgivings about being complicit in controversial procedures What is legal now may be condemned in the future and effective referral might not be accepted as an excuse In any case cooperation in evil is a subtle and complex topic MORE ON THESE TOPICS conscientious objection cooperation in evil effective referral This article is published

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/the-challenge-of-conscientious-objection/11722 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    liberties conscientious objection politics vaccination A major outbreak of measles in California has ignited a huge debate over compulsory vaccination in the US Ontario doctors preparing for battle over conscience rights Michael Cook 13 December 2014 Comments tags Canada conscience conscientious objection A draft policy of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario demands that physicians must provide services to prevent imminent harm suffering and or deterioration even if doing so is contrary to their moral beliefs US Navy nurse investigated for refusing to force feed prisoners Xavier Symons 22 November 2014 Comments tags conscientious objection force feeding Guantanamo Bay professional conduct A US Navy nurse may be prosecuted after refusing to force feed prisoners in Guantanamo Bay What students think about conscientious objection Xavier Symons 23 August 2014 Comments tags abortion conscientious objection euthanasia Norway An revealing new study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics examines the attitudes of medical students towards conscientious objection Warsaw hospital head sacked for refusing to refer for abortion Michael Cook 01 August 2014 Comments tags abortion conscientious objection Poland refusal to refer The director of a hospital in Warsaw has been dismissed because he refused to refer a woman for an abortion Guantanamo nurse refuses to participate in force feedings Michael Cook 26 July 2014 Comments tags conscientious objection force feeding Guantanamo Bay It could be the first case of conscientious objection to the treatment of detainees Top employment strategies for discouraging conscientious objection Xavier Symons 29 May 2014 Comments tags abortion conscientious objection discrimination In a recent Journal of Medical Ethics article controversial bioethicist Francesca Minerva argues for limiting the number of conscientious objectors in Italian hospitals In a response to Minerva Oxford theologian and ethicist Roger Trigg argues that conscientious objection is a necessary part of the practice of

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