23 Aug 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, suicide tourism, Switzerland
The numbers of ‘suicide tourists’ going to Switzerland to take their own lives has doubled in four years, reports a study published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

23 Aug 2014 |
tags: clinical trials, Ebola, public health
How to deal with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa seems to be splitting bioethicists.

23 Aug 2014 |
tags: ethics of war, Gaza, Israel, publication ethics, The Lancet
The war between Hamas in Gaza and Israel has been treated very gingerly by most of the major medical journals. Except The Lancet.

23 Aug 2014 |
tags: birth control, Iran, population control
Iran is to ban vasectomies and female sterilization in an effort to reverse its plummeting birth rate

22 Aug 2014 |
tags: abortion, Down syndrome, Peter Singer, Richard Dawkins
Dawkins is in hot water again after asserting on Twitter that it is “immoral” to allow Down Syndrome babies to be born.

22 Aug 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia
A fascinating article in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy argues that rich white men are also vulnerable to euthanasia.

16 Aug 2014 |
tags: artificial reproduction, Australia, commercial surrogacy, surrogacy
Australian law could be revised to allow more than one parent, if recommendations in a major report are accepted by the government.

16 Aug 2014 |
tags: Italy, IVF, IVF mixup
An Italian judge has settled a bitter custody battle for IVF twins by awarding them to the birth mother.

16 Aug 2014 |
tags: commercial surrogacy, surrogacy, Thailand
The new Thai military government is moving swiftly to crush the lucrative surrogacy industry.

16 Aug 2014 |
tags: cordon sanitaire, Ebola, epidemics, public health
Extraordinary measures are needed on a massive scale to contain the outbreak, says WHO.

16 Aug 2014 |
tags: media ethics, suicide
Two incidents this week show opposing responses to publicising suicides.

15 Aug 2014 |
tags: artificial reproduction
The achievement for which he will go down in history is siring 58 children by women desperate to become pregnant by donor insemination.

15 Aug 2014 |
tags: conferences, film festivals, films
The 10th International Biomedical Ethics Film Festival will deal with the moral status of the human embryo.

9 Aug 2014 |
tags: Ebola, experimental drugs, public health
The World Health Organisation has declared it an international public health emergency, although it has not suggested general bans on travel or trade.

9 Aug 2014 |
tags: China, surrogacy
This New York Times video sketches the burgeoning Chinese surrogacy industry.

9 Aug 2014 |
tags: disability, prostitution
Finding prostitutes for disabled clients is sometimes part of a social worker's job, even though both the legality and morality of this practice are disputed.

9 Aug 2014 |
tags: Japan, stem cells

1 Aug 2014 |
tags: surrogacy, Thailand
An Australian couple who commissioned a surrogate mother in rural Thailand abandoned a Down syndrome twin and left him with his impoverished mother.

1 Aug 2014 |
tags: clinical trials, research ethics
Companies run clinical trials for drugs, even dangerous drugs, cheaper and faster than universities.

1 Aug 2014 |
tags: abortion, conscientious objection, Poland, refusal to refer
The director of a hospital in Warsaw has been dismissed because he refused to refer a woman for an abortion.

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