Clarifying the ethics of shame

Xavier Symons | 04 April 2014 |
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 |
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

Phil Elias | 31 January 2014 |
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 | 14 December 2013 |
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 |
tags: abortion, Russia
Russia has banned all abortion advertising in a bid to address population decline

Tasmania decriminalises abortion

Michael Cook | 23 November 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
tags: abortion, drug development
The bizarre story of a strain of cells derived from an aborted foetus.

UK commission calls for action on abortion of disabled

Xavier Symons | 27 July 2013 |
tags: abortion, disability, Down syndrome
A parliamentary commission into abortion based on disability has called for radical changes to the UK abortion law.

Irish minister expelled from party for opposing abortion

Michael Cook | 13 July 2013 |
tags: abortion, conscience, conscientious objection, Ireland
Ireland was treated to a rare spectacle this week: a politician voted against abortion, lost a ministry, was expelled from her party, and parted without rancour.

Georgia searches for solutions to gendercide

Michael Cook | 11 May 2013 |
tags: abortion, gendercide, Georgia, sex ratio
India and China are not the only countries with lop-sided sex ratios due to sex-selective abortions. Georgia, a former member of the USSR in the Caucasus with a population of about 4.5 million, has a distorted sex ratio at birth of 114 boys to 100 girls

Singer and Tooley on the mindset of “pro-lifers”

Xavier Symons | 04 May 2013 |
tags: abortion, after-birth abortion, infanticide
The infanticide debate in the Journal of Medical Ethics has garnered comments from the grand old men of infanticide, the Australian Peter Singer and the American Michael Tooley.

“After-birth abortion” already exists in the Netherlands

Michael Cook | 04 May 2013 |
tags: abortion, after-birth abortion, infanticide, the Netherlands
Dr Eduard Verhagen, a paediatrician at University Medical Centre Groningen in the Netherlands, says that, in his experience, infanticide is sometimes preferable to second-trimestre abortion.

Peter Singer supports “pro-life” free speech

Xavier Symons | 04 May 2013 |
tags: abortion, free speech, Peter Singer
Peter Singer supports free speech for foes of abortion

Ireland’s fiery abortion case ends in verdict of “medical misadventure”

Michael Cook | 20 April 2013 |
tags: abortion, Ireland
The outcome of the official coroner’s inquest was that Ms Halappanavar died in University Hospital Galway as a result of “medical misadventure”.
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