Stillborn babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals

Michael Cook | 29 March 2014 |
tags: miscarriages, stillbirths, UK
Aborted and miscarried babies were used as heating fuel in green waste reduction programmes, according to a Channel 4 investigation

Assisted suicide is too dangerous in times of economic crisis, says disabled UK peer

Michael Cook | 13 March 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, Britain, euthanasia, UK
Moves to legalise assisted suicide in Britain are a threat to the disabled during a time of economic hardship, says Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, a disabled peer.

UK to press ahead with 3-parent IVF babies

Michael Cook | 01 March 2014 |
tags: mitochondrial disease, three-parent embryos, UK
Chief Medical Officer announces the launch of a consultation.

UK doctors continue to oppose assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 22 February 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, doctors and assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
After an extensive consultation of its members the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in the UK will continue to oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia.

UK releases report on animals in research

Michael Cook | 08 February 2014 |
tags: animal experiments, animal rights, animal welfare, UK
The government has refused to cap the number of experiments, but affirms its commitment to welfare.

British judge criticizes euthanasia law reform

Xavier Symons | 21 December 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
One of the most respected authorities on end-of-life law in Britain has warned politicians not to legalise assisted suicide.

Visiting Italian woman forced to have C-section in UK

Xavier Symons | 07 December 2013 |
tags: informed consent, UK
Shocking details surfaced this week of an Italian woman who had her baby forcibly delivered whilst visiting the UK

Retiring head of UK fertility watchdog warns of IVF pain

Michael Cook | 01 November 2013 |
tags: HFEA, IVF, UK
The retiring head of the UK's fertility watchdog has painted a bleak picture of the world of IVF in a column in the BBC

Politicians denounce three-parent embryos as “eugenic”

Michael Cook | 12 October 2013 |
tags: mitochondrial disease, three-parent embryos, UK
Opponents of the UK’s plans to legalise “three-parent embryos” have not given up.

UK bioethicists promoting a second wave of eugenics

Michael Cook | 14 September 2013 |
tags: eugenics, UK
Eugenics is alive and well in British academia.

British prosecutor declines to lay charges for sex-selective abortions

Michael Cook | 14 September 2013 |
tags: abortion, gendercide, sex-selective abortion, UK
England's Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to bring to trial doctors who agreed to do illegal sex-selective abortions.

UK wife and son arrested for arranging visit to Dignitas clinic for husband

Michael Cook | 31 August 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, Dignitas, UK
A 65-year-old woman from Chichester and her 25-year-old son were arrested recently on suspicion of arranging a trip to Zurich for the woman’s 71-year-old husband.

Falconer assisted suicide bill is unsafe, say British Lords

Michael Cook | 03 August 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
A British group called Living and Dying Well, composed mostly of members of the House of Lords has produced a stern rebuttal of claims that assisted suicide is safe.

The poetry of organ donation

Michael Cook | 13 July 2013 |
tags: organ donation, poetry, UK
National Transplant Week 2013 is drawing to a close in the United Kingdom -- here is a video and a poem.

Don’t the Royals have a right to genetic privacy, too?

Michael Cook | 29 June 2013 |
tags: genetic privacy, UK
The London Times splashed the genetic heritage of Prince Harry and Prince William across their front page recently.

Who succeeds to the British throne if the queen is a lesbian?

Michael Cook | 16 March 2013 |
tags: artificial reproduction, UK
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 |
tags: abortion, disability, UK
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 |
tags: Down syndrome, sterilization, UK
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 |
tags: NHS, Stafford Hospital, UK
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 |
tags: do not resuscitate, medical futility, UK
The UK’s High Court is to hold a full judicial review of do-not-resuscitate orders in February.
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