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.

Georgia Supreme Court strikes quashes assisted-suicide law

Jared Yee | 11 February 2012 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, law, US
The Georgia Supreme Court has struck down a central provision of a state law that criminalised some assisted suicides because it breaches free speech rights.

Many surrogate children end up in legal limbo

Jared Yee | 10 December 2011 | Comments
tags: Ireland, law, surrogacy
In a story that contrasts with the optimistic surrogacy story in BioEdge last week, at least 15 children born to Irish couples who used overseas surrogates are stuck in a legal limbo.

Court will hear IVF benefits

Jared Yee | 25 November 2011 | Comments
tags: IVF, law, US
The US Supreme Court will hear a case about whether children conceived through IVF after the death of a parent are eligible for Social Security survivor benefits.

Austrian restrictions on IVF upheld

Michael Cook | 19 November 2011 | Comments
tags: European Union, IVF, law
The European Court of Human Rights has upheld an Austrian ban on sperm and ova donations. By a vote of 13 to 4, the Court’s Grand Chamber declared that the ban did not violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

Swedish doctor acquitted in baby death case

Jared Yee | 28 October 2011 | Comments
tags: law, Sweden
A pediatrician charged for having hastened the death of a newborn baby at a hospital in Sweden in 2008 has been acquitted in a case closely observed by Sweden’s medical community.

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