Regulator’s proposal to remove pharmacists’ conscience rights is unethical, unnecessary and quite possibly illegal

Mar 3, 2017 by

by Peter Saunders, CMF: Should pharmacists be forced to dispense drugs for what they consider to be unethical practices – like emergency contraception, gender reassignment, abortion and assisted suicide? Or should they have the right to exercise freedom of conscience by either referring to a...

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Don’t be afraid to talk to dying patients about God, NHS tells doctors and care workers

Mar 2, 2017 by

by Simon Holmes, Mailonline: Health and care workers looking after dying people in their final days must do more to ask about spiritual beliefs, experts have said. Spiritual wishes were only documented for one in seven people who died in hospitals in England who were able to communicate in their...

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Major report prepares ground for genetic modification of human embryos

Feb 15, 2017 by

by Ian Sample, Guardian: Powerful gene editing procedures could one day be allowed to prevent people from passing on serious medical conditions to their children, according to a major report from senior US researchers. The cautious endorsement from two of the most prestigious US science...

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2017 will see further controversy over abortion

Jan 25, 2017 by

by Philippa Taylor, TCW: 2017 will be another busy and challenging year on beginning of life issues. Here is a taste of what to expect: Abortion October 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. Throughout the year this significant anniversary will generate media publicity, events,...

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The ethical dilemma of designer babies

Jan 24, 2017 by

from TED: Creating genetically modified people is no longer a science fiction fantasy; it’s a likely future scenario. Biologist Paul Knoepfler estimates that within fifteen years, scientists could use the gene editing technology CRISPR to make certain “upgrades” to human embryos...

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Fighting Aids: getting pills into bodies

Jan 21, 2017 by

by Elizabeth Pisani, Prospect Magazine: A new account of the early days of Aids shows how cleverly activists influenced the powerful. “It’s time gay guys just grew up!” This jarring comment came recently from a youngish gay friend, a former Aids activist and sex worker. We were talking about...

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