Category Archives: Ethical Issues at the Beginning of Life

Pregnancy test cuts risk to baby

I can foresee ethical problems if the test were to be made widely available – in some countries such as India and China there are significant imbalances in birth frequencies of boys and girls – probably due to selective termination … Continue reading

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Genetic embryo screening: Questions grow along with number of procedures

In the United States — though not in Britain—families also can use genetic testing to ensure they have children of a particular sex. Still, doctors say, expanded embryo screening probably is not a slippery slope toward designer babies, not only … Continue reading

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French row over rights for unborn

French feminists, doctors and the leftwing opposition reacted furiously after the conservative majority in parliament passed a bill making it a crime to cause a pregnant woman to miscarry against her will. more

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The Curse of Having a Girl

India might be a country rushing headlong into 21st century but every year thousands of babies are aborted or killed at birth because they are girls. more

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Neonatal medicine – the moral maze

Heather weighed less than 1.5lbs when she was arrived early after just 23 weeks of pregnancy in 2002. Doctors gave her a one in 10 chance of surviving. But she was lucky – if she had been born 20 years … Continue reading

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‘Do not revive’ earliest babies

Babies born at or before 22 weeks should not be resuscitated or given intensive care, a report says. more

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How to treat premature infants

In 2004, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics convened a Working Party to discuss these issues. Although the members held a range of differing views on questions concerning the nature and sanctity of human life, they were unanimous on the conclusions … Continue reading

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One third of births

Emergency contraception is unlikely to make a substantial difference to pregnancy rates. more

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China debates sex change rules

China is set to formalise the rules covering sex change operations to ensure that all those who want surgery meet certain requirements. Those who apply for a sex change must be single, over 20 and have wanted the surgery for … Continue reading

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Judge: OK to Collect Dead Son`s Sperm

After 21-year-old Nikolas Colton Evans was killed in apparent bar-related altercation in Texas, his mother said her son had always wanted children and asked to have his sperm preserved so that someone might bear said children. Docs said no. Judge … Continue reading

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