2014: the year international surrogacy came to the fore

Jan 6, 2015 by

by Claire Achmad, The Conversation: This year the international spotlight turned with full-force on cross-border commercial surrogacy. The reality of children being born this way and the potentially devastating consequences of babies being abandoned and stateless shocked our collective consciousness. Such was the case of Baby Gammy, born with Down syndrome and left in Thailand with his surrogate mother by commissioning parents David and Wendy Farnell. His story made the Australian public...

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Mark Regnerus: Dignitarian of the Year

Dec 19, 2014 by

by Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: [...]  Controversy is not necessarily a mark of heroism, but we have decided that in the case of Mark Regnerus it is; the comments merely illustrate the point that, unlike the other nominees, his professional reputation, livelihood and even his character are in question for as long as he dares to investigate social phenomena associated with changing attitudes to homosexuality. Just to recap the essential points: Mark Regnerus is a tenured associate professor...

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Sperm deal children ‘irredeemably marred’ by four-parent feud

Nov 3, 2014 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: Two young girls born through an informal sperm donation deal between a gay couple and a lesbian couple have been scarred for life by a bitter six-year feud after their two fathers and two mothers fell out, a judge has warned. Mr Justice Cobb, said the girls, aged nine and 13, described by teachers as polite and highly intelligent, had seen their childhoods “irredeemably marred” by living through what was arguably the most “bruising and distressing” case he had ever...

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Church of England may axe 400-year-old sacred law to let clergy report sex attackers

Sep 21, 2014 by

By Jonathan Petre, Mail on Sunday: For centuries the secrecy of the confessional has been sacrosanct, but the Church of England may relax the rules to allow clergy to reveal serious crimes such as child abuse. Former Bishop of Chelmsford John Gladwin – who last year led an inquiry into clerical sex abuse in the Church of England – is pressing for the changes, along with members of the Church’s ‘parliament’, the General Synod. But any change will be fiercely resisted by traditionalists who...

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The Ethics of Sex, Marriage, and the Family

Sep 20, 2014 by

by Rev. Professor Christopher Seitz, ACI [...]  I want to mention a couple of challenges before I begin. They inform what I will say and guide the selection of what I choose to focus on. I recall speaking on homosexuality at Brite Divinity School in the late nineties and vowing never to do another conference on the topic, whose format featured a “diversity of viewponts.” Something had obviously broken in our appeal to scripture that would not be resolved by everyone trying a bit harder or with...

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‘Euthanasia has become fashionable’: Ethics expert on the right to die

Sep 18, 2014 by

by Carey Lodge, Christian Today: A landmark ruling in Belgium has seen prisoner Frank Van Den Bleeken, who is serving a life sentence for rape and murder, win the ‘right-to-die’. The 50-year-old filed a request for euthanasia in 2001, citing “unbearable psychological anguish” as a result of his uncontrollable violent sexual urges, but it was not approved until Monday. The board of assessors previously insisted that he must seek psychological help, but after failing to...

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