Prospective same-sex parents face hurdles as NHS fertility treatments set to be axed

Jan 17, 2017 by

by Nick Duffy, Pink News: Same-sex couples hoping to conceive in some parts of England may soon face financial hurdles, as a string of struggling local NHS authorities prepare to axe provisions for free fertility treatments. At present, artificial insemination and IVF is available on the NHS...

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Scientists: New fertility technique “raises spectre of embryo farming on unimaginable scale”

Jan 12, 2017 by

from SPUC: A new fertility procedure that could allow sperm and eggs to be made from people’s skin may lead to “embryo farming” on a massive scale and drive parents to have only “ideal” children, researchers have warned. IVG The procedure, in vitro gametogenesis (IVG)...

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Cloning, stem cells and GMOs: How religious beliefs shape our thinking

Jan 11, 2017 by

by David Warmflash, Genetid Literacy Project: It is difficult to examine society’s acceptance or rejection of key biotech developments without considering the role played by the world’s major religions and their belief structures. Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam react to new...

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Nurse! Diversity director please

Jan 10, 2017 by

from The Conservative Woman: Fresh from being labelled a ‘humanitarian crisis’ by the Red Cross, the NHS is taking a pummelling from too much demand and not enough supply – just the right time to recruit an ‘Assistant Director of Equality and Diversity’ then! The lucky candidate at Central...

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Designer babies: an ethical horror waiting to happen?

Jan 9, 2017 by

by Philip Ball, Observer: Comfortably seated in the fertility clinic with Vivaldi playing softly in the background, you and your partner are brought coffee and a folder. Inside the folder is an embryo menu. Each embryo has a description, something like this: Embryo 78 – male • No serious early...

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Health groups: ‘NHS wrong to fund gay lifestyle drug over other treatments’

Dec 22, 2016 by

from The Christian Institute: Health and patient groups have condemned a move by NHS England to fund a controversial drug for those engaged in “high risk” homosexual activity, while cutting other vital treatments. From next year, more than 10,000 gay men who do not have HIV but are at risk of...

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