Having a laugh at euthanasia

Xavier Symons | 12 September 2014 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, films, Israel
A new Israeli film attempts to offer a humorous look at euthanasia.

War in Gaza prompts war in The Lancet

Michael Cook | 23 August 2014 | Comments
tags: ethics of war, Gaza, Israel, publication ethics, The Lancet
The war between Hamas in Gaza and Israel has been treated very gingerly by most of the major medical journals. Except The Lancet.

Israel debates assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 20 June 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Israel
A ministerial committee has approved a bill which would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to Israeli citizens with less than six months to live.

Israel’s medical association condemns new force-feeding bill

Xavier Symons | 20 June 2014 | Comments
tags: force-feeding, hunger strike, Israel
The Israel Medical Association has announced its opposition to new bill that would legalize the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners. The bill, currently before the Knesset, has been drafted in response the widespread hunger strikes of Palestinian administrative prisoners. The chairman of the medical association said the bill violated the principle of non-malificence. Another member said that the bill would degrade prisoners to a status below other animals.

Campaign for ‘fertility equality’ begins in Israel

Xavier Symons | 15 December 2013 | Comments
tags: Israel, surrogacy
On Wednesday Israeli Health minister Yael German announced her plans to liberalize her country’s fertility law. Amongst her sweeping reforms, German wants to allow same-sex couples to become parents with the help of an Israeli surrogate mother.

Convicted paedophile gets child from surrogate mother in India

Michael Cook | 15 June 2013 | Comments
tags: India, Israel, surrogacy
A convicted Israeli paedophile adopted a 4-year-old girl from a surrogate mother in India, the Jewish Chronicle has reported.

Israeli sperm donor wants his stuff back

Michael Cook | 03 March 2013 | Comments
tags: Israel, sperm donation
A fascinating case is unfolding in Israel pitting a anonymous sperm donor against a woman who demands his sperm.

Israel halts underhanded contraceptive injections for Ethiopian migrants

Michael Cook | 02 February 2013 | Comments
tags: contraception, informed consent, Israel
Years of rumours that Ethiopian women were pressured into having contraceptive injections by Israeli officials have finally been confirmed.

Palestinian boy born from sperm smuggled out of Israeli prison

Michael Cook | 14 September 2012 | Comments
tags: artificial insemination, Israel, Palestine
The wife of a Palestinian prisoner held in an Israeli jail has given birth to his son, even though she has not seen him for 15 years. Ammar Ziban, 37, smuggled his sperm to an IVF clinic in the West Bank where his wife Dalal was artificially inseminated.

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.

How long should women persevere with IVF?

Michael Cook | 05 May 2012 | Comments
tags: Israel, IVF
In Israel women with up to two children can receive unlimited free, government-funded IVF treatment. This means that it is an ideal place to test the effectiveness of IVF in increasing fertility. Unfortunately, according to the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, this policy has failed. Instead, it has just hooked some women on endless painful and humiliating IVF treatment.

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.

Israeli woman wants own baby to be recognised as triplet of twins born to surrogate

Jared Yee | 03 March 2012 | Comments
tags: Israel, surrogacy
An Israeli woman is appealing to the National Insurance Institute to recognise a baby she gave birth to, along with twins born via surrogate mother, as triplets, in an attempt to gain the sizeable benefits granted to mothers of triplets.

Report slams Israeli doctors’ complicity in torture

Michael Cook | 12 November 2011 | Comments
tags: Israel, torture
Some Israeli doctors have cooperated in the torture and mistreatment of prisoners, according to a report by two human rights organisations, Physicians for Human Rights Israel and the Public Committee against Torture in Israel. Their claims are based on more than 100 cases of ill treatment of Palestinian detainees since 2007.

Israeli children who sue for being born

Jared Yee | 03 November 2011 | Comments
tags: birth defects, genetic screening, Israel, wrongful birth, wrongful life
Israeli children with birth defects increasingly sue medical authorities for allowing them to be born.

World first as Israel court allows egg extraction from deceased woman

Jared Yee | 11 August 2011 | Comments
tags: Israel, IVF
An Israeli court has allowed the parents of a dead 17-year-old woman to remove her eggs for future use.

Surrogate motherhood not only for barren parents: Israeli court

Jared Yee | 29 July 2011 | Comments
tags: Israel, surrogacy
The number of children a couple already has is not a sufficient reason to reject a surrogate motherhood application, Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled this week.

Israel leads the world in IVF

Jared Yee | 22 July 2011 | Comments
tags: Israel, IVF
The Assuta Hospital in Tel Aviv is one of the busiest IVF clinics in the world, with 7,000 cycles each year.

Israeli feminists slate surrogacy

Jared Yee | 12 June 2011 | Comments
tags: Israel, surrogacy
The Israeli feminist group Isha L’Isha has published a harshly critical report on surrogate motherhood.

South African hospital guilty of illegal kidney trading

Jared Yee | 21 November 2010 | Comments
tags: Israel, organ trafficking, South Africa
More organ trading nightmares

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