A donor or a father?

Xavier Symons | 16 May 2015 | Comments
tags: law, new frontiers, paternity, sperm donation, US
A Virginia 'sperm donor' has been granted custody of his genetic child after deciding he wanted to be a father.

South African judge defends assisted suicide ruling

Xavier Symons | 09 May 2015 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, law, religion, South Africa
A South African judge has defended a ruling he made in favor of assisted suicide.

Nita Farahany: Neuroscience and the law

Xavier Symons | 02 May 2015 | Comments
tags: determinism, interviews, law, neurolaw, neuroscience, US
Renown academic and presidential advisor Nita Farahany recently spoke with BioEdge about neuroscience and the law.

South African court authorises assisted suicide

Xavier Symons | 02 May 2015 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, law, South Africa
On Thursday a South African court ruled that a 65-year-old man should be allowed to undergo assisted suicide.

Non-human rights battle continues

Xavier Symons | 25 April 2015 | Comments
tags: animal rights, human exceptionalism, law, personhood, US
A New York State judge has ordered Stony Brook University to justify its detention of two chimpanzees.

Are chimpanzees persons?

Xavier Symons | 20 December 2014 | Comments
tags: animal rights, law, personhood
The argument about non-human personhood has surfaced once again – this time in a New York State Supreme Court.

Pistorius verdict - disability is not a defence

Xavier Symons | 12 September 2014 | Comments
tags: disability, law, moral psychology, South Africa
Oscar Pistorius has been told that disability is not a defence. He has been cleared of murder, but may be given a lengthy sentence for manslaughter.

Celebrity custody wrangle exposes vague IVF law

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2014 | Comments
tags: IVF, law, paternity tests
A child-custody battle between actor Jason Patric and ex-girlfriend Danielle Schrieber has highlighted significant deficiencies in Californian IVF law.

The ethics of memory alteration

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2014 | Comments
tags: courts, law, memory altering drugs, professional ethics
What if we could erase our own memories? This scenario has largely remained within the realm of science fiction (consider films like Total Recall and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). A new article in the Journal of Medical Ethics takes it as a serious possibility, and offers a novel legal perspective on the ethics of memory alteration.

“Bring it on”: Victorian doctor publicly admits to distributing nembutal

Xavier Symons | 02 May 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, law, Nembutal
Urologist and Dying with Dignity Victoria vice-president Dr. Robert Syme has publicly admitted to giving nembutal to man dying from cancer.

Judges should enrol in Neuroscience 101, says US bioethicist

Xavier Symons | 16 November 2013 | Comments
tags: law, neuroethics, neuroscience
The debate over neuroscience in the courtroom continues. The latest word the discussion comes from Nita Farahany - a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

New Jersey surrogacy bill could allow paid surrogate “carriers”

Jared Yee | 09 June 2012 | Comments
tags: law, surrogacy, US
The landmark Baby M case -- a messy affair in which a surrogate refused to give away her parental rights to the child she carried -- swung an international spotlight on surrogate mothers' rights in New Jersey.

High Court denies benefits to parent of twins born through IVF

Jared Yee | 26 May 2012 | Comments
tags: IVF, law, US
Following up on a BioEdge story from last year, a woman whose child was born through posthumous conception was denied survivor benefits, in a US Supreme Court decision on Monday.

Call for Israel to change surrogacy laws

Jared Yee | 26 May 2012 | Comments
tags: Israel, law, surrogacy
An Israeli Health Ministry committee has made some radical recommendations about fertility and birth policies last week, including allowing gay men to use a surrogate mother to conceive a child.

Five Hawaii doctors offer assisted-suicide to terminally ill patients

Jared Yee | 21 April 2012 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, law, physician assisted suicide, suicide
A group of Hawaii doctors is offering to write prescriptions for terminally ill patients in order to test whether physician-assisted suicide is permitted under state law, American Medical News reports.

Texas passes stem cell regulations

Jared Yee | 21 April 2012 | Comments
tags: law, stem cells, Texas, US
The Texas Medical Board approved controversial regulations last Friday which are claimed to guarantee safe clinical use of stem cells and other “investigational agents”.

Psychiatrists slate law to seek children’s consent

Jared Yee | 17 March 2012 | Comments
tags: Australia, informed consent, law, psychiatry
Psychiatrists have criticised draft West Australian laws that would require mentally ill children as young as 12 to consent to sterilisation, electroconvulsive therapy and psychosurgery.

Women’s rights violated in India’s surrogacy capital: study

Jared Yee | 10 March 2012 | Comments
tags: human rights, India, law, surrogacy
A recent study published by the Centre for Social Research in India claims that women’s rights in India’s surrogacy capital, Anand in Gujarat are being violated.

Israeli mothers no longer have to adopt babies born via surrogate

Jared Yee | 10 March 2012 | Comments
tags: adoption, Israel, law, surrogacy
A Tel Aviv family court set a legal precedent this week when it ruled that a woman whose eggs were used in a surrogate birth is the child’s legal mother. Until now, legal ambiguities forced women who used gestational surrogates to adopt their own children.

Moldova votes for chemical castration

Jared Yee | 10 March 2012 | Comments
tags: castration, human rights, law
Chemical castration will be mandatory in Moldova for those convicted of violently abusing children under 15.

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