Xavier Symons

Xavier Symons is a Masters student in philosophy at Sydney University and has a keen interest in bioethics. Aside from his studies he enjoys playing guitar and reading American literature. He has contributed to a number of online publications, in addition to his work with BioEdge.



Xavier Symons | 25 May 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
A European Court has told Switzerland to make its euthanasia laws more specific, after an 82-year-old woman seeking the procedure on the grounds of old age was denied it.

Xavier Symons | 25 May 2013 |
tags: commercialization, IVF
The cliché “bundles of joy” has two meanings in the assisted reproduction industry: babies and cash. Keen businessmen are scrambling to take advantage of this burgeoning area of the health sector.

Xavier Symons | 18 May 2013 |
tags: cloning, embryonic stem cells
Cloning humans might be one step closer, with scientists in the US managing to use adult skin cells to produce an embryo clone.

Xavier Symons | 18 May 2013 |
tags: discrimination, IVF, same-sex parenting
A new bill is before the South Australian parliament that would make IVF available to lesbian couples and fertile single mothers

Xavier Symons | 18 May 2013 |
tags: fraud, surrogacy
A Californian women has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment after she misappropriated US$2.5 million from a surrogacy company. Tonya Ann Collins, 37, set up the company Surrogenesis in 2005, along with the escrow company Michael Charles Independent Financial Holding Group.

Xavier Symons | 18 May 2013 |
tags: disability, surrogacy
A complex custody dispute has come before an Israeli court, raising questions about the limits of legal parenthood as well as the rights of parents with disabilities. A disabled woman is taking state social services to court after being denied custody of a child she had conceived by surrogacy.

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2013 |
tags: Australia, wrongful birth
The concept of 'wrongful birth' has suffered another defeat, this time in Australia.

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2013 |
tags: IVF, Poland
Poland's Justice Minster was sacked this week after accusing German scientists of importing Polish embryos for experiments.

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2013 |
tags:
A media firestorm broke out last week after Harvard’s celebrity economic historian Niall Ferguson said that Keynes's views were affected by his homosexuality.

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2013 |
tags: IVF, medical tourism, Thailand
An Australian health tourism company is offering a new package for couples seeking a sex-selective IVF.

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2013 |
tags: advance directives, living wills
What do people mean when they make living wills?

Xavier Symons | 4 May 2013 |
tags: after-birth abortion, infanticide
Not everyone in the “pro-life” camp is singing from the same song sheet in the controversy over infanticide. In this month's Journal of Medical Ethics two leading foes of abortion debate the reasonableness of arguments for infanticide.

Xavier Symons | 4 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.

Xavier Symons | 4 May 2013 |
tags: abortion, free speech, Peter Singer
Peter Singer supports free speech for foes of abortion

Xavier Symons | 27 Apr 2013 |
tags: animal welfare, comfort animals
Are we exploiting animals by relying on them for solace?



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