One Child Policy an attack on the common good - Chinese bioethicist

Xavier Symons | 20 June 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, China, common good, one child policy
In a provocative new article in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Chinese bioethicist Jing-Bao Nie attacks the one child-policy for having “a hugely negative effect on the common good”. Nie criticises the government’s claim that the policy has benefited society through raising living standards and reducing overcrowding: “The greatest irony of all is that, while originally designed to improve living standards and help relieve poverty and underdevelopment, the one-child policy has inflicted massive suffering and state-directed violence on Chinese people, especially women.”

Investigation finds half of Down syndrome abortions missing from register

Xavier Symons | 14 June 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, Down's Syndrome, professional misconduct
An investigation into terminations of Down's Syndrome foetuses in the UK has revealed that half of these abortions go unrecorded. The probe was conducted by the independent National Down's Syndrome Cytogenetic Register, an organisation that is notified of any down syndrome diagnoses and can track the progress of pregnancies. They found that out of 994 terminations, only 496 were properly recorded.

US lawmakers protest against incinerating foetuses with medical waste

Michael Cook | 13 June 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, waste disposal
The practice of incinerating aborted foetuses as part of waste-to-energy programs could be a common practice in the United States.

UK abortion doctors may consult via Skype

Michael Cook | 30 May 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, UK
Doctors in the UK will be able to give an opinion by Skype or telephone on whether a woman is eligible for a government-funded abortion, according to a clarification from the Department of Health.

Top employment strategies for discouraging conscientious objection

Xavier Symons | 29 May 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, conscientious objection, discrimination
In a recent Journal of Medical Ethics article, controversial bioethicist Francesca Minerva argues for limiting the number of conscientious objectors in Italian hospitals.In a response to Minerva, Oxford theologian and ethicist Roger Trigg argues that conscientious objection is a necessary part of the practice of medicine.

Ohio man ordered not to father children

Michael Cook | 24 May 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, anti-procreation orders
Are anti-procreation orders constitutional in the United States? A case in Ohio is working its way to the state Supreme Court.

Fertility awareness campaigns backfire

Michael Cook | 17 May 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, contraception, fertility
The unintended consequence of vigorous campaigns to remind women that their fertility declines with age may be a rise in the number of abortions among women over 40.

Clarifying the ethics of shame

Xavier Symons | 04 April 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, stigmatization
A recent article on stigmatization in reproductive health provides an unfortunately confused treatment of a topic of great contemporary relevance.

At least we can agree on something

Michael Cook | 06 February 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, Stephen Brigham
Both sides of the abortion debate loathe Dr Stephen Brigham, an Ivy League grad who operates a string of East Coast clinics.

Spain: fetal reduction goes wrong

Philip Elias | 31 January 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, fetal reduction, Spain
A woman won 214,000 Euros after a doctor "reduced" a healthy IVF twin and then aborted the other.

Patient sues US Catholic Bishop’s Conference

Xavier Symons | 15 December 2013 | Comments
tags: abortion, ACLU, Catholic Church
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the US Catholic Bishops Conference (USCBC) for hampering the care of a pregnant woman in one of its hospitals. The ACLU claim that the USCBC code of conduct for hospitals – known as the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services – led to unnecessary “trauma and harm” for their client.

Russia bans abortion advertising

Xavier Symons | 30 November 2013 | Comments
tags: abortion, Russia
Russia has banned all abortion advertising in a bid to address population decline

Tasmania decriminalises abortion

Michael Cook | 23 November 2013 | Comments
tags: abortion, conscientious objection, Tasmania
The legislature of Australia’s island state, Tasmania, has passed an law which relieves abortion doctors of fear of prosecution and stifles dissent by conscientious objectors and protesters.

Dobbed in: a Victorian doctor censured over Facebook post

Michael Cook | 01 November 2013 | Comments
tags: abortion, Facebook, social media, Victoria
Dobbed in: a Victorian doctor pinged for his views on abortion

No prosecution for doctors who agreed to sex-selective abortion in UK

Michael Cook | 19 October 2013 | Comments
tags: abortion, sex-selective abortion, Uk
DPP gives reasons in statement

British prosecutor declines to lay charges for sex-selective abortions

Michael Cook | 14 September 2013 | Comments
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.

US abortion clinics closing at an ‘incredibly dramatic’ rate

Xavier Symons | 07 September 2013 | Comments
tags: abortion
With the introduction of radical new abortion restrictions in the US, abortion clinics have been closing at a record rate.

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.

Americans split on abortion, but stem cell research not an issue

Xavier Symons | 24 August 2013 | Comments
tags: abortion, embryo research, opinion polls
Most Americans see abortion as a moral issue, but few are troubled by human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research

The controversial history of WI-38

Michael Cook | 11 August 2013 | Comments
tags: abortion, drug development
The bizarre story of a strain of cells derived from an aborted foetus.
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