Sperm bank sued as case of mentally ill donor’s history unfolds

Apr 15, 2016 by

by Ashifa Kassam, Guardian: He was touted as the best of the best: Donor 9623 had an IQ of 160 and was an internationally acclaimed drummer who was working towards a PhD in neuroscience engineering. A lawsuit, filed on Wednesday by three families in Canada, alleges the donor was instead a convicted felon with multiple mental illness diagnoses, including schizophrenia. Filed against Georgia-based Xytex Corp and Outreach Health in Canada, the lawsuit alleges that the donor’s sperm was used for...

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IVF, Designer Babies, and Commodifying Human Life

Apr 7, 2016 by

by Daniel Kuebler, Public Discourse: IVF has created more problems than it has solved, especially helping to create the mindset that human life is a commodity to be used and manipulated. This mindset has been instrumental in paving the way for the approval of research involving the genetic modification of human embryos in the UK, research poised to usher in a host of ethical and legal issues we can only begin to imagine. Earlier this year, when the UK Human Fertilization and Embryology...

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Doctors refuse gender dysphoria treatment because of “deeply held Christian beliefs”

Apr 6, 2016 by

By Antony Bushfield, Premier: A senior doctor has claimed many of his colleagues are refusing to treat patients with gender dysphoria because of their “deeply held Christian beliefs”. Writing in the British Medical Journal, James Barrett, consultant psychiatrist and president of the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists, claimed one in five doctors are reluctant to treat the issue. Gender dysphoria is a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress...

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The unsettled status of conscientious objection in the UK

Mar 21, 2016 by

by Michael Cook Bio Edge. What are the rights of doctors who have a conscientious objection to certain procedures in the United Kingdom? The slightly confusing status quo is the subject of an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics by a Cambridge University academic, John Adenitire. Dr Adenitire sketches a gradation of hostility towards conscientious objection. 1. At the very top there are Julian Savulescu and others who have argued that conscientious objection is “a door to a Pandora’s...

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Organs at any price? Gestating for donating

Mar 9, 2016 by

by Trevor Stammers, MercatorNet: UK doctors may ask women who want an abortion to prolong their pregnancies to harvest organs. Is transplantation medicine losing its way? Organ transplantation has been one of the great medical advances during the past half-century or so. However there have been several episodes of public loss of confidence in organ donation during that time. After the notorious Wada heart transplant scandal, heart transplants in Japan virtually ceased for decades and the case...

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Consultant Suspended after Confronting Surgeon who Planned to Operate Wearing Hijab

Mar 8, 2016 by

by Katie Strick, Mailonline: A hospital has suspended a consultant after he claimed that a Muslim surgeon walked out of an operation because she was asked to remove her religious headscarf. Dr Vladislav Rogozov, 46, claimed in an online blog that he confronted her before the surgery when he realised she planned to wear the Islamic hijab which was against safety regulations. But the unnamed surgeon refused, walking out of the operation and forcing staff at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire...

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