Who succeeds to the British throne if the queen is a lesbian?
Michael Cook | 16 March 2013 |
In a debate in the House of Lords over ensuring that a first-born daughter of the Duke of Cambridge could become queen, a peer asked what would happen if England’s queen were a lesbian.
UK opens inquiry into abortion of disabled children
Xavier Symons | 22 February 2013 |
The UK parliament has begun a controversial new inquiry into abortion on the grounds of disability.
UK Down syndrome woman protected from sterilization
Xavier.Symons | 22 February 2013 |
There is a growing push for greater rights for Down syndrome people – in particular that they be fully protected from forced sterilisation. A landmark ruling by a UK court may have brought this goal one step closer.
UK report examines catastrophic failure at government hospital
Michael Cook | 16 February 2013 |
Doctors, nurses, politicians, bureaucrats, patients and the public, in short, everyone in the UK, have been stunned by the results of two inquiries into dreadful conditions at a hospital in the Midlands.
UK’s High Court to investigate do-not-resuscitate orders
Michael Cook | 11 November 2012 |
The UK’s High Court is to hold a full judicial review of do-not-resuscitate orders in February.
Legal adventures 2: gay sperm donor hit for child support 13 years later
Michael Cook | 03 November 2012 |
A gay man in the UK has been startled to learn that he will have to pay child support for two children he fathered – 13 years after the first child was born.
UK govt agrees to investigate “death pathway”
Michael Cook | 27 October 2012 |
Pressure from the British media has forced an investigation into the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway
“A major evolutionary leap for women”: celebrity sperm donation in UK
Michael Cook | 20 October 2012 |
Yesterday a British entrepreneur launched a celebrity sperm donor service.
3-person embryo consultation launched in UK
Michael Cook | 22 September 2012 |
The UK’s fertility watchdog has launched a public consultation on the ethics of IVF-based techniques designed to avoid serious mitochondrial diseases.
Tony Nicklinson dies of natural causes
Michael Cook | 24 August 2012 |
Only a few days after his plea for euthanasia was denied by England’s High Court, locked-in patient Tony Nicklinson has died of natural causes. His family issued his last Tweet: “Goodbye world, the time has come. I had some fun.”
Euthanasia denied to two paralyzed British men
Michael Cook | 17 August 2012 |
Two British severely paralyzed men have lost a High Court case to allow doctors to end their lives without fear of prosecution.
Scores of IVF babies terminated because of abnormalities in UK
Michael Cook | 20 July 2012 |
Nearly 130 IVF babies were aborted in the UK last year because an abnormality was detected before birth.
“Right to die” tweet debate
Jared Yee | 30 June 2012 |
UK man Tony Nicklinson has suffered from locked-in syndrome since he had a massive stroke.
BMA maintains official opposition to assisted suicide
Michael Cook | 29 June 2012 |
The British Medical Association has resisted pressure by some members to move from opposition to neutrality on assisted suicide.
BMJ backs “neutrality” on assisted dying
Michael Cook | 15 June 2012 |
The British Medical Journal has declared that the legalisation of assisted dying is inevitable and that British doctors should move from opposition to neutrality.
Children with 3 parents could become a reality
Jared Yee | 09 June 2012 |
Children with three genetic parents could become reality in the UK.
UK doctors could face bans for refusing to give contraceptives to unmarried women
Jared Yee | 02 June 2012 |
Doctors in the UK could be banned for refusing to give unmarried women contraceptives or carry out sex change operations under new guidelines.
Head of GPs in UK takes stand against assisted dying
Michael Cook | 01 June 2012 |
The president of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK, Iona Heath, has taken a strong stand against the legalisation of assisted suicide. In an eloquent article in the BMJ she argues that campaigns in support of assisted dying rely on an excessively rosy view of society.
UK to allow lesbian couples equal access to IVF
Michael Cook | 26 May 2012 |
Same-sex couples will have the same access to IVF treatment as heterosexual couples under directives issued by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. The upper age limit for government-funded IVF will rise by three years to 42.
Aggressive IVF puts women and babies at risk, experts say
Jared Yee | 19 May 2012 |
Aggressive IVF treatments at clinics in the UK are putting women and babies at risk, experts say.