Australia


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
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.

Australian court rejects ‘wrongful birth’ claim

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2013 | Comments
tags: Australia, wrongful birth
The concept of 'wrongful birth' has suffered another defeat, this time in Australia.

Australian think tank backs euthanasia

Michael Cook | 27 April 2013 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, euthanasia
A new Australian think tank has issued a call for the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Australian Senate condemns organ trafficking in China

Xavier Symons | 30 March 2013 | Comments
tags: Australia, China, Falun Gong, organ trafficking
Lobbying by Falun Gong, a quasi-religious movement banned in China, has scored a public relations coup in Australia.

Suicide deaths rise in Australia after promotion of illegal drugs

Xavier Symons | 16 March 2013 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, Philip Nitschke
More and more Australians are importing the illegal lethal drug pentobarbitone from overseas as a way of committing suicide.

The gamete market comes Down Under

Xavier Symons | 16 March 2013 | Comments
tags: Australia, egg donation, IVF
An Australian fertility clinic, Monash IVF, has taken the radical step of importing eggs from the US, at a cost of A$19,000 per package.

Australians debate commercial surrogacy

Michael Cook | 14 December 2012 | Comments
tags: Australia, surrogacy
Should Australia legalize commercial surrogacy?

Australia launches inquiry into forced sterilisation of disabled

Michael Cook | 03 November 2012 | Comments
tags: Australia, disability, sterilization
Australia regards itself as a champion of human rights, but in 2011 the United Nations Human Rights Council has detected an abuse – the involuntary sterilisation of women and girls with disabilities

IVF young adults are well-adjusted and happy, say researchers

Michael Cook | 03 November 2012 | Comments
tags: Australia, IVF
An Australian study has found that IVF-conceived children are just as well-adjusted and satisfied with life as naturally-conceived children.

Another “Doctor Death” in Queensland?

Michael Cook | 14 July 2012 | Comments
tags: Australia, intensive care, misconduct, Queensland
After the international publicity given to "Doctor Death", the last thing the Australian state of Queensland needs is bad publicity about bad doctors. However, the state government is investigating reports that a hospital doctor was responsible for several deaths.
 
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