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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Nobel Prize for Medicine Robert Edwards Like Margaret Thatcher who was born in the same year and whom he outlived by two days Robert G Edwards was controversial figure whose place in history is still to be decided Startling admissions in IVF journal Michael Cook 04 August 2012 Comments tags clinical trials IVF Robert Edwards Some IVF patients are being offered risky unsafe techniques which have not been developed ethically and which offer dubious benefits according to an extraordinary article in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online RBO First IVF mother dies Michael Cook 23 June 2012 Comments tags IVF Robert Edwards Lesley Brown the woman who gave birth to the first test tube baby in 1978 died this week after a short illness at the age of 64 in Bristol England She lived to see her daughter Louise give birth to a naturally conceived grandson Cameron Father of IVF wins Nobel Prize in Medicine Michael Cook 15 October 2010 Comments tags genetic engineering IVF Robert Edwards But what for 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/Robert+Edwards (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: UK bioethicists promoting a second wave of eugenics
    eugenics Ever since the Nazis implemented their brutal policies of racial and genetic hygiene use of the word eugenics has been taboo and a shibboleth to rally the opposition As a campaigner told Wilkinson and Garrard We use it eugenics whenever we can and we won t be distracted or diverted into using any other word not least because it s not a popular word It s not a word that people like to hear it s got a lot of nasty connotations So we re not going to try to find a more palatable word Wilkinson and Garrard feel that this is misguided and makes rational discussion of Second Wave policies all but impossible in many cases For them eugenics is simply the attempt to improve the human gene pool If it is not coercive it will probably be acceptable So should the word be abandoned so that scientists doctors and parents can get on with it Probably not because it is a useful term provided that it can be scoured clean of the Nazi stain But even where selective reproduction is eugenic which it sometimes is it does not follow automatically from this that it s wrong despite the fact that many instances of eugenics historically have been morally abhorrent For provided that the means used are ethically acceptable and that people freely consent it s not clear that attempting to improve population health the gene pool is a bad thing for us to be doing On the contrary it seems on the face of it to be a good thing given the high value that most of us place on good health and on preventing ourselves and our loved ones from acquiring diseases or impairments MORE ON THESE TOPICS eugenics UK This article is published by Michael

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/uk_bioethicists_promoting_a_second_wave_of_eugenics/10683 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: “Louise is not afraid of inflicting pain on troubled families”
    helps them see what s the best way for them to go forward Sometimes adding another child isn t right She said that this intervention included social workers taking women to a doctor for contraceptive advice The local government secretary Eric Pickles says that the government s new approach has been phenomenally successful The traditional approach taken by social workers had been a lot of empathy and a lot of feeling people s pain The new regime spurns this Louise is not afraid of inflicting that pain he said It s tough love I think we re not doing this to be unpleasant to people we are doing this to say you are ruining your life you are ruining the lives of your children If we don t do something now 25 years from now we ll be dealing with your children That gives people a chance The average cost of a problem family is 15 000 the government says but the most troubled have cost as much as 330 000 a year MORE ON THESE TOPICS contraception eugenics 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/louise_is_not_afraid_of_inflicting_pain_on_troubled_families/10681 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Californian female prisoners pressured into sterilization
    2010 without required state approvals The report also states At least 148 women received tubal ligations in violation of prison rules during those five years Many of the sterilizations were performed by Dr James Heinrich the former Valley State Prison obstetrician In an interview with the CIR Heinrich felt the need to justify the spending of tax payers money on the procedure he said that this isn t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children as they procreated more The shocking report has raised the spectre of eugenics in a state which sterilized about 20 000 people between 1910 and 1964 I was like Oh my God that s not right a former inmate who worked in the infirmary Crystal Nguyen told CIR Do they think they re animals and they don t want them to breed anymore In fact in 2003 Governor Gray Davis issued a formal apology for eugenic sterilisations Our hearts are heavy for the pain caused by eugenics It was a sad and regrettable chapter in the state s history and it is one that must never be repeated again he said State politicians have reacted strongly to the report and a number of groups are calling for a government enquiry Senator Ted Lieu has sent a letter to California s medical board demanding answers The California Legislative Women s Caucus has sent a letter to the head of California Correctional Health Care Services MORE ON THESE TOPICS eugenics informed consent prisons sterilizations 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/californian_female_prisoners_pressured_into_sterilization/10601 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Californian female prisoners pressured into sterilization Xavier Symons 13 July 2013 Comments tags eugenics informed consent prisons sterilizations The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has been accused of forcing female prisoners to have tubal ligations in a bombshell report Should prisoners donate organs Michael Cook 27 April 2013 Comments tags informed consent organ donation prisons Utah has become the first state to allow prisoners even prisoners on death row to donate organs Iron bars do not a prison make Michael Cook 09 March 2013 Comments tags assisted reproduction prisons The UK wants to ban prisoners from accessing government funded fertility treatment while they are behind bars UK minister allows prisoner access to artificial insemination Michael Cook 12 June 2011 Comments tags artificial insemination prisons If family life is a human right shouldn t prisoners be able to father children from behind bars This is the question being debated in the UK after it emerged that Prisons minister Crispin Blunt approved an unnamed inmate s request for artificial insemination According to the London Telegraph the decision was taken because the prisoner and his partner had already started IVF treatment before he was jailed Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/prisons (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Comments tags eugenics informed consent prisons sterilizations The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has been accused of forcing female prisoners to have tubal ligations in a bombshell report 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/sterilizations (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Another IVF pioneer predicts revival of eugenics
    it The new eugenics will be privatised and in sync with the market economy Now we have technology where we can modify the genomics of individuals by gene transfer and genetic meddling We may find that people will want to modify their children enhance their intelligence their strength and their beauty and all the other so called desirable characteristics That is going to become an increasing risk as a market That will be a form of eugenics which will actually have all sorts of serious implications for developed societies Is Britain prepared Not on your nelly its fertility watchdog the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is incompetent I am going to argue that the regulatory framework that we have in this country is almost completely pointless That is something I strongly feel about I think that the HFEA Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is not capable of regulating either the commercial aspects of reproductive technologies or the risks that people who undergo these technologies really run MORE ON THESE TOPICS eugenics HFEA IVF 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/ivf_pioneer_predicts_revival_of_eugenics1/10471 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    abortion and sterilisation for a pregnant woman with schizophrenia earlier this year has vigorously defended her decision Christina Harms who retired from the bench last month after 23 years made a rare public defence A Model Proposal for eliminating poverty in Motor City Michael Cook 22 February 2012 Comments tags eugenics population control The eugenic temptation is ever with us This seems to be the lesson conveyed by Editorial Page Editor of The Detroit News Nolan Finley North Carolina may compensate victims of eugenics program Michael Cook 03 February 2012 Comments tags eugenics sterilization The North Carolina legislature has recommended that surviving victims of the State s forced sterilization program be paid US 50 000 each North Carolina s eugenic past makes headlines again Jared Yee 17 December 2011 Comments tags eugenics US North Carolina s eugenic past has made headlines again as legislators push to compensate the estimated 7 600 victims of its eugenics program Transhumanist sets goalposts for the future Michael Cook 23 July 2011 Comments tags autonomy eugenics personhood transhumanism American political science commentator Francis Fukuyama once called transhumanism the world s most dangerous idea Whether this is true depends on your aspirations for society But a brief article in Discover by a staffer with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies a transhumanist thinktank Kyle Munkittrick at least shows that society will be very different if transhumanism gets traction Have we really exorcised eugenics from genetics Michael Cook 28 May 2011 Comments tags eugenics genetics he linkage between genetics and eugenics is an oft told story but it bears repeating again and again This is an idea hammered home in latest issue of Annals of Human Genetics UK commission calls for more widely available preconception genetic testing Jared Yee 15 April 2011 Comments tags eugenics genetic

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/eugenics/P20 (2016-02-18)
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