Unholy trinity of the three-person embryo

Mar 26, 2015 by

By Peter Kearney, The Scotsman: The recent “debate” over three-person embryos showed once again how poorly informed we are about modern science and its techniques. That might be unfortunate, but it shouldn’t be catastrophic. The votes in the Commons and the Lords, however, showed how completely ignorant our legislators are about science in general and genetics in particular – it was catastrophic. Supporters claimed that the decision was “good news for progressive medicine”. Yet, just because...

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In the headlong rush for ‘rights’, children are an afterthought

Mar 21, 2015 by

By Charles Moore, Telegraph: Traditional views of parenthood are being drowned out by a form of gay rights sharia. It is a cunning feature of general elections, designed by the parties who compete in them, that most issues which matter cannot be discussed. The two main parties narrow down the subjects they are prepared to debate and then make a tremendous show of disagreement about what little remains. We saw it in the Budget debate on Wednesday. So this column is more interested in whatever...

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Genetics matter to a child. That’s why I deplore gay or straight surrogacy

Mar 18, 2015 by

By Laura Perrins, The Conservative Woman: There are three or four very, very, very wealthy men currently having a chat about how best to use other women’s wombs and eggs. Should people be permitted to harvest other women’s eggs and then hire out a womb to grow the resulting baby? This is the question that got Dolce and Gabbana into hot water – they say No. We must not sidestep the difficult ethical issues that surround egg donation and surrogacy. It is worth restating what the process is when...

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IVF births in US hit 1.5%

Mar 7, 2015 by

by Michael Cook, BioEdge: More than 1.5% of the babies born in the United States in 2013 were IVF babies, according to the latest statistics from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. In that year, 380 clinics reported on 174,962 IVF cycles resulting in the birth of 63,286 babies, up from 165,172 cycles and 61,740 babies born in 2012. Most strikingly, more women, no matter their age, chose to have a single embryo transferred. The increasing popularity of this choice was greatest in...

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Does religion have a role in bioethics?

Feb 28, 2015 by

By Michael Cook, MercatorNet: The notion that religious convictions have no place in medicine or bioethics is widespread and growing. After the Canadian Supreme Court recently found that euthanasia and assisted suicide are constitutional, for instance, there were immediate suggestions that doctors who refused to assist on religious grounds might have to find other employment. Writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Oxford theologian Nigel Biggar argues that this is wrong. First, because it...

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Why should WE pay for gays to have unsafe sex?

Feb 28, 2015 by

By Amanda Platell, Mailonline: Just imagine a young mother with terminal breast cancer being told by her doctor the drug that could prolong her life is no longer available on the NHS, due to cuts. Think of a middle-aged father with prostate or bowel cancer being told the same life-shattering news. More than 8,000 NHS cancer patients are being denied life-extending treatment after the Government’s Cancer Drug Fund warned it had to take ‘difficult decisions’ to prioritise drugs that give the...

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