New Down syndrome test could be more “efficient”

Xavier Symons | 13 June 2015 | Comments
tags: abortion, disability, Down syndrome, pregnancy
UK researchers are hailing the development of a ‘safer’ and more ‘cost-effective’ pregnancy-screening test.

Greer ruffles feathers over IVF and abortion

Xavier Symons | 30 May 2015 | Comments
tags: abortion, commercialization, commodification of babies, Germain Greer, IVF
In a recent speech, feminist Germain Greer stridently attacked the IVF industry.

Kansas passes novel anti-abortion bill

Xavier Symons | 12 April 2015 | Comments
tags: abortion
Republican governor Sam Brownback bans “dilation and evacuation” abortion procedure

Iran debates birth control restrictions

Xavier Symons | 28 March 2015 | Comments
tags: abortion, birth control, contraception, government regulation, Iran
Iran's parliament is considering imposing major restrictions on the availability of birth control.

US mid-term elections boost hopes of GOP, but not of pro-lifers

Michael Cook | 09 November 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, personhood, USA
Less dramatic and less reported was the effect of the election on the controversial issue of abortion.

Do restrictive abortion laws kill women?

Michael Cook | 09 November 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, Chile
Chile is a natural experiment because abortion was legal there from 1931 to 1989, when it was banned.

Remember Savita?

Michael Cook | 20 September 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, Ireland, media, Savita Halappanavar
The Indian dentist’s death was misrepresented.

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.

Dawkins disses Down syndrome babies

Michael Cook | 22 August 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, Down syndrome, Peter Singer, Richard Dawkins
Dawkins is in hot water again after asserting on Twitter that it is “immoral” to allow Down Syndrome babies to be born.

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.

Woman loses baby in tragic mishap

Xavier Symons | 01 August 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, healthcare, negligence
An Indian woman has lost her baby after doctors accidentally administered an abortifacient.

One Child Policy an attack on the common good - Chinese bioethicist

Xavier Symons | 20 June 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, China, common good, one child policy
In a provocative new article in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Chinese bioethicist Jing-Bao Nie attacks the one child-policy for having “a hugely negative effect on the common good”. Nie criticises the government’s claim that the policy has benefited society through raising living standards and reducing overcrowding: “The greatest irony of all is that, while originally designed to improve living standards and help relieve poverty and underdevelopment, the one-child policy has inflicted massive suffering and state-directed violence on Chinese people, especially women.”

Investigation finds half of Down syndrome abortions missing from register

Xavier Symons | 14 June 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, Down's Syndrome, professional misconduct
An investigation into terminations of Down's Syndrome foetuses in the UK has revealed that half of these abortions go unrecorded. The probe was conducted by the independent National Down's Syndrome Cytogenetic Register, an organisation that is notified of any down syndrome diagnoses and can track the progress of pregnancies. They found that out of 994 terminations, only 496 were properly recorded.

US lawmakers protest against incinerating foetuses with medical waste

Michael Cook | 13 June 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, waste disposal
The practice of incinerating aborted foetuses as part of waste-to-energy programs could be a common practice in the United States.

UK abortion doctors may consult via Skype

Michael Cook | 30 May 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, UK
Doctors in the UK will be able to give an opinion by Skype or telephone on whether a woman is eligible for a government-funded abortion, according to a clarification from the Department of Health.

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 medicine.

Ohio man ordered not to father children

Michael Cook | 24 May 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, anti-procreation orders
Are anti-procreation orders constitutional in the United States? A case in Ohio is working its way to the state Supreme Court.

Fertility awareness campaigns backfire

Michael Cook | 17 May 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, contraception, fertility
The unintended consequence of vigorous campaigns to remind women that their fertility declines with age may be a rise in the number of abortions among women over 40.

Clarifying the ethics of shame

Xavier Symons | 04 April 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, stigmatization
A recent article on stigmatization in reproductive health provides an unfortunately confused treatment of a topic of great contemporary relevance.

At least we can agree on something

Michael Cook | 06 February 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, Stephen Brigham
Both sides of the abortion debate loathe Dr Stephen Brigham, an Ivy League grad who operates a string of East Coast clinics.

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