IVF woes #1: Australia

Xavier Symons | 27 June 2015 | Comments
tags: Australia, conflict of interest, IVF, regulation
Couples are usually unaware of the low IVF success rates in Australian clinics.

Review: The Waiting Room

Xavier Symons | 30 May 2015 | Comments
tags: Australia, Catholic bioethics, IVF, review
Kylie Trounson's the Waiting Room is a thoughtful exploration of the emotional and moral complexities of IVF.

Nitschke’s campaign for re-registration falters

Michael Cook | 13 March 2015 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, euthanasia, Philip Nitschke
Now he has been expelled from the Australian Medical Association.

Indonesian executions spark death penalty debate

Xavier Symons | 07 March 2015 | Comments
tags: Australia, death penalty, Indonesia
Indonesia has come under intense scrutiny for its decision to execute two Australian nationals convicted of drug smuggling.

Nitschke loses legal battle to practice as a doctor

Michael Cook | 10 January 2015 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, euthanasia, Philip Nitschke
Tribunal rules that his activities would undermine public confidence in the medical profession and pose a serious risk to public safety.

No contraception, no govt handouts, says Aussie politician

Michael Cook | 10 January 2015 | Comments
tags: Australia, contraception, population control
Make women responsible, says Gary Johns.

Nitschke battles to keep his registration

Michael Cook | 15 November 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, euthanasia, Philip Nitschke
The courtroom battle would make a great film.

Voluntary euthanasia advocate dies in Darwin

Xavier Symons | 02 November 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, euthanasia, Philip Nitschke
He was allegedly supplied with the barbiturate Nembutal.

Australia could recognise multiple parents

Michael Cook | 16 August 2014 | Comments
tags: artificial reproduction, Australia, commercial surrogacy, surrogacy
Australian law could be revised to allow more than one parent, if recommendations in a major report are accepted by the government.

The big business of Australian IVF

Michael Cook | 25 June 2014 | Comments
tags: Australia, commercialization, IVF
A second Australian IVF company wil float on the stock exchange today.

Australia recognises “non-specific sex” as legal option

Michael Cook | 05 April 2014 | Comments
tags: Australia, gender, gender identity, new frontiers
The Australian High Court has ruled that people can be officially recognised as a non-specific sex.

Australian judge warns of psychological effects of commercial surrogacy on children

Xavier Symons | 27 March 2014 | Comments
tags: Australia, identity, surrogacy
Australian judge warns of grave psychological effects of commercial surrogacy.

IVF consultation launched in Australia

Michael Cook | 22 March 2014 | Comments
tags: Australia, IVF
Australia is to conduct a review of the ethics and clinical practice of assisted reproductive technology.

Nitschke sets up Adelaide clinic for assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 07 December 2013 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, euthanasia, Philip Nitschke
A euthanasia clinic has been set up by Australia's leading euthanasia activist, Dr Philip Nitschke, in Adelaide. Police are keeping a close watch on activities there, but Dr Nitschke, who is used to working at the very edge of the law, is said to be doing nothing clearly illegal.

Melbourne GP investigated for refusing a sex-selective abortion

Michael Cook | 13 October 2013 | Comments
tags: Australia, sex-selective abortion
A general practitioner in the Australian state of Victoria is under investigation for refusing to get involved in a sex-selective abortion.

More Australians making use of international surrogacy services

Xavier Symons | 21 September 2013 | Comments
tags: Australia, surrogacy
The number of Australians using commercial surrogacy in India has grown dramatically over the past five years.

Australian political leader criticizes US ‘politicization’ of abortion

Xavier Symons | 24 August 2013 | Comments
tags: abortion, Australia
The man tipped to be Australia’s next Prime Minister has criticized the US for making abortion a political issue.

Sterilization of disabled should be banned, says Australian report

Michael Cook | 21 July 2013 | Comments
tags: Australia, disability, sterilization
Sterilization of intellectually disabled people should be banned unless they can consent, an Australian Senate Committee has recommended.

Australian academics campaign against Chinese transplant chief

Xavier Symons | 25 May 2013 | Comments
tags: Australia, China, transplant surgery
A fierce campaign is being carried out in Australia to strip Chinese doctor Huang Jiefu of his honorary professorship at Sydney University. Dr. Jiefu, who was Vice-minister for Health in China for 12 years, authorized the forced removal of organs from thousands of executed Chinese prisoners.

Al-Jazeera examines Australia’s tussle with euthanasia

Michael Cook | 23 May 2013 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, euthanasia
This 25-minute documentary by Al-Jazeera presents a balanced view of the campaign for euthanasia in Australia. No presentation will satisfy everyone, but this one, "Licence to Kill", presents articulate folk on both sides of the question. Definitely worthwhile.

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