A tawdry saga that speaks volumes about an age in which babies are too often treated as commodities

May 7, 2015 by

by Steven Glover, Mailonline: To deprive a mother of her child is a very grave thing to do, and scarcely ever justifiable. To then deny that mother the right to tell her story is cruel and inhumane. But this is exactly what has seemingly just happened in the High Court. Ms Justice Russell (she insists on the ‘Ms’ to stress her feminist credentials despite co-habiting with a male partner) has decreed that a 15-month-old girl should be taken from her ‘homophobic’ mother and sent to live with her...

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Where do we draw the line between playing Darwin and playing God?

Apr 25, 2015 by

by Judith Woods, Telegraph: The fact that Chinese geneticists have taken the first steps to creating designer babies should fill us with horror. TWO contrasting stories this week have thrown into sharp relief the complex relationship between humanity and science. The first was the harrowing yet inspirational story of how newborn Teddy Houlston became Britain’s youngest organ donor aged just 100 minutes old. His parents allowed his kidneys and heart valves to be removed and given to a man 233...

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Surrogacy, making babies, ‘synthetic humans’, and the rising cost

Mar 25, 2015 by

by Sheila Liaugminas, MercatorNet: “Motherhood itself is now on trial.” A leading constitutional lawyer, and one of the leading attorneys (if not the leading one) involved in high profile surrogate parenting cases in the US, made that claim, and not lightly nor without deep knowledge of the issues involved. Harold Cassidy was chief counsel in the first contested surrogacy case in the United States that struck down surrogate mother contracts as unenforceable, the ‘Baby M’ case. Decades later,...

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Are Dolce and Gabbana truly Catholic?

Mar 20, 2015 by

By The Revd Dwight Longnecker, Crux: […]  The fact of the matter is, the entire human race is reeling from the most revolutionary inventions history has ever seen. Through modern reproductive technology, we have learned how to flip the switch on the baby machine. With artificial contraception, sterilization, and abortion we turn babies off. With in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, and surrogacy we turn the baby machine on. Never before have we had the technology to control...

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Stop Parliament changing the face of the human race

Jan 31, 2015 by

From Christian Concern: Oppose genetically modified babies. Please contact your MP urgently – vote due on Tuesday (3rd February). The government is seeking to make theUK the only country in the world to allow the creation of three parent, genetically-modified babies. If the government gets its way then, for the first time, we will allow genetic modification that is passed down the generations.A fundamental line will be crossed. Read here Read also:  Scientists accuse Church of ignorance...

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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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