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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UK approves three-person babies

Feb 24, 2015 by

By James Gallagher,  BBC News: The UK has now become the first country to approve laws to allow the creation of babies from three people. The modified version of IVF has passed its final legislative obstacle after being approved by the House of Lords. The fertility regulator will now decide how to license the procedure to prevent babies inheriting deadly genetic diseases. The first baby could be born as early as 2016. A large majority of MPs in the House of Commons approved “three-person...

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Lord Carey should realise ‘three-parent’ babies are a dangerous experiment

Feb 24, 2015 by

By Philippa Taylor, The Conservative Woman: Lord Carey has decided to make public his views on the creation of three-parent embryos. Or, more specifically, to make public his views on anyone who has the temerity to oppose their creation. These new, treatements will, he assures us, end great suffering and the scientists behind it are trustworthy, responsible, caring and compassionate. In contrast, opponents are irrelevant flat-earthers, trapped in both fear and doubt about medical advances. The...

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Genetic engineering latest

Feb 24, 2015 by

by Hannah Osborne, IBTimes Same sex couples are a step closer to having babies following a stem cell breakthrough by scientists at Cambridge University and the Weizmann Institute in Israel. Researchers have shown it is possible to make human egg and sperm cells using the skin from two adults of the same sex – meaning lesbian and gay couples could have their own children. The findings could also help men and women who are infertile, scientists noted. Publishing their findings in the journal...

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Three-parent babies risk future of the human race, Italian MPs warn

Feb 23, 2015 by

… but Lord Carey says rejecting law would be ‘unloving’. By Matt Chorley, Mailonline: Three-parent babies risk the future of the human race and put Britain at odds with EU law, politicians from across Europe have warned. MPs from Italy claim the ‘human species as a whole’ will be affected by the controversial technique, while MEPs in Brussels warn it violates ‘human dignity and integrity of the person’. But ahead of a vote on the law in the House of...

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