NHS sued for failure to help transgender patients with fertility

Sep 23, 2018 by

by Jamie Doward, Observer: Equality watchdog insists on the right to start a family later in life. NHS England is to be taken to court by the UK’s equality watchdog for failing to offer fertility services to transgender patients. The Equality and Human Rights Commission will launch a high-profile...

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Harvest euthanasia victims organs before they’re dead, say Canadian doctors

Sep 19, 2018 by

from SPUC: Combining euthanasia and organ donation remains highly controversial, and is currently only permitted in Belgium and the Netherlands, both countries with notoriously lax euthanasia laws. However, two Canadian doctors and a bioethicist are now arguing for an even more extreme situation...

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Do transgender women have a right to gestation?

Sep 9, 2018 by

by Michel Cook, Bio Edge: Successful womb transplants have given birth to the notion that transgender women or even cisgender men could bear children. In the latest edition of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, Amel Alghrani, of the University of Liverpool (UK) strongly defends the idea that...

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Rates of three STDs in US reach record high, CDC says

Aug 29, 2018 by

by Jacqueline Howard, CNN: Rates of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have climbed for the fourth consecutive year in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington. Last year, nearly 2.3 million US cases...

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Opt-out organ register unlikely to increase donations – study

Aug 16, 2018 by

by Haroon Siddique, Guardian: Next of kin more likely to veto family member’s presumed consent, researchers say. An opt-out register is unlikely to increase the number of organ donations because family members would be more likely to veto a presumed consent, researchers have said. The results of a...

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Organ donation opt out plans in England – not nearly as clear cut as it might seem

Aug 8, 2018 by

by Peter Saunders, CMF: All adults in England will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have explicitly opted out, the government has announced. The new plans follow a public consultation launched last December. Wales has had a similar opt-out system since 2015 and Scotland also plans to...

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