Australian govt proposes cutbacks to IVF funding

IVF has become a political football in Australia after Federal government ministers hinted that women's entitlement to funding for unlimited IVF cycles would be rolled back in its May budget. Nobody's going to stop IVF treatment where IVF treatment has reasonable chance of success," says Treasurer Peter Costello. "But there's no point in giving treatments where there is a very, very low chance of success." Apparently the government is planning to cover only three cycles a year for women under 42 and three cycles in total for older women.

After Medicare's share of the costs of IVF treatment rose by… click here to read whole article and make comments

1 in 25 Danes born through IVF

The latest European statistics show that 3.9% of all births in Denmark came as a result of IVF -- probably the highest proportion in the world. The next highest was Slovenia, with 3.2%, but in all the Nordic countries of Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, more than 2% of births are IVF births. Since the most recent figures date from 2001, the current levels are sure to be higher. click here to read whole article and make comments

IN BRIEF: Frankenstein rice; suicide; IVF death

GM foods: Japanese scientists have developed a strain of rice with a human gene which is resistant to pesticides and could be used to clean up polluted soil. The liver gene is particularly good at breaking down harmful chemicals in the body. Anti-GM food campaigners are denouncing the development as a kind of cannibalism and as another "Frankenstein food". An American biotechnologist who supports the research also warned that if the gene were to spread to wild relatives of rice, it might create a super-weed which is resistant to a wide range of herbicides. click here to read whole article and make comments

Lethal injections unethical, says The Lancet

gurney for lethal injections There should be a moratorium on death by lethal injections in US prisons, argues an article in The Lancet after studying what actually happens when prisoners are executed in Virginia and Texas. The authors found that injections teams were not trained to administer anaesthetics and that there was no assessment of the depth of anaesthesia before a paralysing agent and a lethal drug were injected. They believe that some of the persons executed could have been awake and in agonising pain. This is enough, argue Dr Leonidas Koniaris, of… click here to read whole article and make comments

Conscientious objectors under the gun

Pharmacists who refuse to fill legal prescriptions for contraceptives are coming under fire in the US media. The widely- read Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman wrote that "What pharmacists and others are asking for is conscience without consequence. The plea to protect their conscience is a thinly veiled ploy for conquest... the drugstore is not an altar. The last time I looked, the pharmacist's licence did not include the right to dispense morality." The Philadelphia Daily News agreed and editorialised that Pennsylvania should join four other states in passing a law to… click here to read whole article and make comments

Fewer suicides if people surf the net, says Nitschke

Dr Philip Nitschke A proposed Australian law banning the publication of suicide- related material on the internet will actually increase the number of suicides, says euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke. He believes that when older people know exactly how to end their lives when and as they want, they "perhaps paradoxically... live longer and have better, happier lives". He was commenting on legislation aimed at his group, Exit International, which will create criminal penalties and fines for providing suicide information.

His comments prompted Sydney academic Katrina George to warn that women were more… click here to read whole article and make comments

France passes end-of-life law

The French government has passed a law which will allow terminally ill patients to refuse treatment, but which leaves euthanasia illegal. The new measure allows families to end life support when a relative is in a coma and allows doctors to prescribe pain relief even if the drugs might hasten death. However, it does not authorise doctors to end lives, even when a patient asks for their help. A last-ditch effort to amend the law to allow doctors to kill patients in hopeless cases failed in the upper house, prompting a walk-out by Socialist and Communist senators.

Euthanasia has been… click here to read whole article and make comments

California considers assisted suicide

Inspired by the example of its northern neighbour, the California legislature is examining whether it should legalise assisted suicide. A bill modelled on the existing Oregon law has cleared its first hurdle, with the Assembly Judiciary Committee approving it by a vote of 5 to 3. Supporters say that 70% of Californians support the idea. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has not yet taken a stand. click here to read whole article and make comments

IVF’s emotional roller-coaster

A London psychotherapist has criticised the UK government's recent decision to cover one free cycle of fertility treatment through the National Health Service. Nicola Glucksmann, who had an IVF child herself 10 years ago, feels that it might make women rush into IVF without understanding its impact on their physical and psychological health, marriage and finances.

Only now can I see how, in those four years, I was little short of a woman possessed," she writes in the Independent. "I made bizarre, potentially dangerous decisions, and I denied obstacles and signs that now seem all too obvious -- not least… click here to read whole article and make comments

Mix-up becomes TV drama

Mix-ups in IVF clinics are in the UK media again, with the screening this week of a docu-drama, "Born with two mothers", on Channel 4. It is loosely based on a 2002 incident in which a white woman gave birth to black twins after IVF treatment. The program uses professional actors along with industry professionals who play themselves.

One of these is Dr John Parsons, the lead consultant for the assisted conception unit at King's College Hospital, in London. He believes that such mistakes are rare but acknowledges that they do happen. "Every time I see people bring their babies… click here to read whole article and make comments

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