What does it mean to be a human person?
Bioethics writer Virginia Hughes explores the complexities of trying to define personhood.
US mid-term elections boost hopes of GOP, but not of pro-lifers
Less dramatic and less reported was the effect of the election on the controversial issue of abortion.
Battling to make animals persons
Attorney Steven Wise defends his quest to gain legal standing and justice for animals in the US.
A small breach in the personhood barrier
Earlier this month an American animal rights group made a push to gain legal recognition for the personhood of non-animals.
Neuroscience gets passionate about emotional animals
Do animals feel emotions?
Yale to host conference on non-human personhood
A conference to be held at Yale University in December brings together animal rights activists and fans of human enhancement who are interested in the rights of robots and aliens.
Dawkins on the humanity of the foetus
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins created quite a stir on the internet with one of his tweets (9000+ and going strong).
Colorado hospital apologises over personhood dispute
Coloradans on both sides of the abortion debate were surprised that lawyers for a Catholic hospital were arguing that a fetus has no rights in a malpractice case.
Human exceptionalism is for the birds
Here’s something we missed about the uniqueness of human beings. In July the Francis Crick Memorial Conference, at Cambridge University, decided that we aren’t as exceptional as we once believed.
Finger-lickin’ good is not a good enough reason
More chicken are killed by humans than any other land animal. This is morally wrong, argues an Australian bioethicist
Ethicists give thumbs-up to infanticide
If abortion, why not infanticide? This leading question is often treated as a canard by supporters of abortion. However, it is seriously argued by two Italian utilitarians and published online in the prestigious Journal of Medical Ethics this week.
Personhood amendment in Mississippi fails
Voters in Mississippi have decided that a fertilised egg should not be granted the legal rights and privileges of a child or adult human.
Mississippi debates personhood in abortion battle
A ballot initiative in Mississippi could raise the stakes in the acrimonious American abortion debate. Proposition 26 affirms that personhood begins at conception. It seeks to add the following sentence to the state constitution: “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof”
Mississippi voters can decide on personhood of the unborn: ruling
Voters in Mississippi will have the chance to decide on the personhood of the unborn in November.
Approach Frankenstein experiments gingerly, says UK report
Mixing human and animal material should be approached with great caution, says the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in a report issued yesterday. But it recommends that some highly controversial experiments should be allowed to proceed, including modifying an animal’s brain to make it more human-like and the generation or propagation of functional human germ cells in animals.
Transhumanist sets goalposts for the future
American political science commentator Francis Fukuyama once called transhumanism the world’s most dangerous idea. Whether this is true depends on your aspirations for society. But a brief article in Discover by a staffer with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, a transhumanist thinktank, Kyle Munkittrick, at least shows that society will be very different if transhumanism gets traction.
US pets get better shot at treatment than people
Stem cells for dogs?
Embryos not human, rules Korean high court
Upholds mandatory disposal after 5 years
Swiss decide their animals don’t need lawyers
Overwhelmingly rejected in referendum
Practical problems of ape personhood
Who will police them?
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