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  • BioEdge: US surrogates with triplets pressured to abort
    Ms Cook realised that she would have triplets at 8 or 9 weeks After 20 weeks it is nearly impossible to get an abortion in California so the father is doing everything he can to force the issue She gave the Post a letter from the man s lawyer who said that his client understands albeit does not agree with your decision not to reduce He went on to write As you know his remedies where you refuse to abide by the terms of the agreement are immense and include but are not limited to loss of all benefits under the agreement damages in relation to future care of the children and medical costs associated with any extraordinary care the children may need Ms Cook said that she was not sure that she could resist the pressure I have to reduce I m scared I don t want to suffer she said Another California woman approached Jennifer Lahl an anti surrogacy activist with a similar story The story broke as the Governor Cuomo and the New York legislature consider removing a ban on commercial surrogacy Legalizing surrogacy contracts is a top legislative priority of the Empire State Pride Agenda the leading gay rights advocacy group the Post says Following passage of the same sex marriage law in 2011 interest in having children via surrogacy has become a priority for some gay couples MORE ON THESE TOPICS fetal reduction surrogacy surrogacy law 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/us-surrogates-with-triplets-pressured-to-abort/11685 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    she had already named At 32 weeks doctors detected significant heart abnormalities in one of the twins and advised her to abort the child He would have had to have years of operations if he survived at all The gut wrenching dilemmas of foetal reduction Jared Yee 20 August 2011 Comments tags abortion fetal reduction IVF US Foetal reduction is the dark side of the moon of fertility treatment All too often women who become pregnant have twins or triplets Since this involves medical and social risks one or more of the foetuses are reduced ie aborted It is a procedure which few outside the industry are aware of Freelance journalist Ruth Padawer has just written a feature in the New York Times Magazine shedding light on its bioethical dilemmas Licence revoked of doctor who treated OctoMom Michael Cook 04 June 2011 Comments tags fetal reduction IVF Michael Kamrava Nadya Suleman The IVF doctor who treated OctoMom the California woman who gave birth to live octuplets in January 2009 has been deregistered Foetal reduction essential for IVF says specialist Michael Cook 21 November 2010 Comments tags fetal reduction IVF OctoMom Disciplinary hearing of Michael Kamrava Everything you wanted to know

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/fetal+reduction (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    04 December 2015 Link tags naturalness Nature Nuffield Council on Bioethics Nuffield Council on Bioethics releases report on naturalness Page 2 of 2 pages 1 2 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/archive/2015/12/P15 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Embryo custody battles on the rise
    embryos destroyed Late last month McQueen appealed the ruling to the Missouri Court of Appeals saying that the embryos are living beings and should not be destroyed When you go through this process and see these embryos created they re your babies McQueen said Wednesday at news conference at the Old Courthouse in downtown St Louis the historic building where 19th century slave Dred Scott fought to gain his freedom McQueen s very public appeal is indicative of a broader trend in embryo disputes affected parties have increasingly been appealing to the legal status of embryos as persons to prevent their destruction A pro life organisation Missouri Right to Life MRL has become heavily involved in McQueen s appeal and even fronted the press with her Natural law tells us the African American male is not human property said Gerard Nieters MRL legislative director And it tells us that frozen embryos are not human property No US jurisdiction treats embryos as persons or entities entitled to constitutional protection Yet there are a number of briefs being prepared for courts regarding personhood of embryos The Chicago based Thomas More Society which is providing legal assistance to McQueen has filed a personhood request in Los Angeles in a dispute between Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and ex boyfriend Nicholas Loeb who wants custody of the frozen embryos they created before breaking up The Society says that there is legislation in a number of US jurisdictions stating that life begins with conception MORE ON THESE TOPICS embryo custody 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/embryo-custody-battles-on-the-rise/11724 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Even more about Modern Families
    custody of the embryos Here is what his lawyers told the court In prior cases when courts have engaged in a balancing test between the two parents they have considered only the interests of the man and the woman in procreational autonomy meaning their constitutional right to decide whether to become a parent We are asking the court to consider a third interest the State s interest in potential life The United States Supreme Court has held that this is a valid interest and that it exists from the moment of conception The California Supreme Court has also recognized this interest Our argument is that where there is disagreement over what should be done with embryos this interest should create a presumption in favor of the person who wants to bring them to term His lawyers have also found flaws in directions to the IVF clinic about how the embryos should be treated It now appears that this document was not a contract but just a form directive created by the IVF clinic The battle continues MORE ON THESE TOPICS frozen embryos IVF This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/even-more-about-modern-families/11461 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    that would have overruled existing Italian law on the use of frozen embryos in research Life imitates art in Hollywood once again Michael Cook 02 May 2015 Comments tags embryo custody Hollywood IVF The saga of Sophia Vergara and Nick Loeb 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/embryo+custody (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Catastrophic result in clinical trial in France
    Wednesday and Thursday The trial which has only been running for a week was cancelled after the incidents were reported All patients taking part in the trial have been called back for medical examination French officials expressed their concern about the incident but argued that the trial was carried out in accord with existing regulations In 2006 a leukaemia drug trial in the UK at Northwick Park Hospital resulted in the hospitalisation of six men some of whom now have permanent disabilities Dr Ben Whalley a neuropharmacology professor at Britain s University of Reading said standardised regulations for clinical trials were largely the same throughout Europe However like any safeguard these minimise risk rather than abolish it Whalley said There is an inherent risk in exposing people to any new compound Dr Anna Smajdor lecturer and researcher in biomedical ethics University of East Anglia s Norwich Medical School is awaiting more information Phase one trials often involve young participants who take part in return for payment The nature of clinical research means that every so often people will be seriously harmed or even killed in the process of research there is no way round this The question in this case is whether as in Northwick Park there were any failures of protocol that meant participants suffered more damage than necessary in Northwick Park they administered the drug to all volunteers at once instead of staggering it so they could avoid a bad reaction affecting all of the participants MORE ON THESE TOPICS clinical trials 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/catastrophic-result-in-clinical-trial-in-france/11718 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: HEALTHY YOUNG MEN NEAR DEATH AFTER DRUG TRIAL
    London Times that in animals binding may not occur because the antibody may not recognise any animal tissue at all or binding may be weaker TeGenero insists that everything had been done by the book and that it was just an unpredictable and very regrettable incident The outcome prompted a flurry of commentary on the ethics of clinical research Had the participants really given their informed consent even if they had signed a form detailing the risks As the London Times pointed out they were paid 2 000 for their time and effort but they were responding to an advertisement which promised free food digital TV pool table video games DVD player and now FREE internet access Some of the young men were cash strapped students one is said to have been a serial guinea pig who had earned 60 000 from clinical trials over four years American bioethicist Arthur Caplan railed against greedy drug entrepreneurs The business of conducting medical research is profitable Private companies running studies for pharmaceutical and device companies are now a 14 billion industry in the United States alone The problem with the intense commercialization of research is that it s not clear that contract research organizations always put subject welfare first There is plenty of room for conflicts of interest when the person recruiting volunteers for research is being paid to get subjects enrolled and data generated as quickly as possible Baroness Julia Neuberger a Liberal Democrat in the House of Lords who also teaches at Harvard Divinity School suggested that more studies should be done on animals especially primates even if primate studies are viewed as morally wrong by animal welfare activists Which raises the question of whether Parexel found it easier to organise testing a dangerous drug on humans than on apes

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