This Week in Bioethics

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The Economist Endorses Physician Assisted Suicide The editorial board of The Economist, a well-regarded weekly magazine, endorsed physician assisted suicide this week. In a provocative editorial, they write: “Competent adults are allowed to make other momentous, irrevocable choices: to undergo a sex change or to have an abortion. People deserve the same control over their […]

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About an Unwanted Boy

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I’ve just watched an in depth report about a baby boy born via surrogacy in India on November 12, 2012, and left behind by his Australian parents. This tragic story highlights the dirty side of buying and selling and trafficking in children, the complicity of government officials, and the corrupt $500 million per year surrogacy […]

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Should We Live Forever?

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Later this week the FDA will meet with researchers to evaluate plans for a possible clinical trial that would use the drug metformin in hopes of delaying the onset of major diseases such as various cancers or heart disease. The drug is already used to treat type 2 diabetes, though researchers are optimistic that the […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. New Study Offers Grim Results for IVF Success Rates A new study just out offers grim prospects for those seeking to use IVF later in life. According to The Guardian, “the chances of women having a baby through IVF was only 1.3% in those aged 44 and above.” The study went on to describe […]

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Give Cindy Back Her Babies – An Update

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I first wrote about Cindy Close and her custody battle for her children in 2012. Cindy’s story is also featured in our film Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, and I have been following her case since the beginning, waiting for justice to be served. A brief recap: Cindy and Marvin McMurrey III were long-time friends […]

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Promising New Treatment for Infertility

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A previously infertile twenty-seven year old woman in Belgium recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy after a transplant of her own frozen ovarian tissue. At age thirteen, her ovary was frozen prior to undergoing chemotherapy and receiving a bone marrow transplant to treat her Sickle Cell Anemia. This procedure is being hailed as […]

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1. Colombia Mandates Physician Assisted Suicide Earlier this week the high court in Colombia issued a ruling that requires all public doctors (those working for state run institutions) to participate in physician assisted suicide when it is requested. While the practice has been decriminalized in the South American country since 1997, this new decision now […]

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British PM Opposes PAS

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During yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Question Time, David Cameron declared, “I don’t support the assisted dying proposals. I don’t support euthanasia.” Despite promises of safeguards and protections, Cameron cited his concerns that this bill would put the elderly and disabled—those who are most vulnerable and deserve the most protection—at risk. While discussion on physician assisted suicide […]

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Support for Physician Assisted Suicide Isn’t Liberalism, It’s Nihilism

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There’s a fine new piece just out in POLITICO where Dr. Ira Byock calls out his fellow progressives for supporting physician assisted suicide under the guise of protecting civil liberties. He issues a strong indictment: Just when moral outrage and radical social change are called for, my fellow progressives have embraced physician-assisted suicide as their […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. California Senate Approves Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Yesterday the California State Senate approved a bill (by a vote of 23-13) that would allow physician assisted suicide within the state. The bill now moves to the State Assembly for consideration. If passed, California would become the largest state in the country to have passed such […]

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Good News, Bad News

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I’m writing with good news and bad news. First, the good news: we have been surveying audiences who have watched Eggsploitation for several years now. The data show that overwhelmingly, before watching Eggsploitation, people are largely favorable to the practice although unfamiliar with the process of egg donation. But after watching Eggsploitation, people feel better […]

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Ball of Confusion or Ball of Disorder?

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Reading about one hand Jason makes me think of the old 1970s Temptations song, “Ball of Confusion,” which was written about the state of the world during a difficult time of war, protest, and confusion. In an article titled, “Becoming disabled by choice, not chance: ‘Transabled’ people feel like impostors in their fully working bodies,” we […]

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California Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Moving To Vote

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During last week’s This Week in Bioethics update, I alerted you to the fact that the California Physician Assisted Suicide Bill was in suspense in the state senate and would likely fail. I am sad to report that in a surprise move, the state senate’s appropriations committee has approved the bill and moved it forward […]

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1. Physician Assisted Suicide on Life Support In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, CBC board member Dr. Aaron Kheriaty chronicles the general public’s wariness toward physician assisted suicide. As he points out that “in the past 20 years, more than 100 campaigns to legalize assisted suicide have been introduced in various states. All but […]

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Designed Human Embryos (CRISPR-CAS9)

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I attended a conference in Atlanta this month titled “Beings2015: Biotech and the Ethical Imagination.” During the main sessions, much was discussed regarding CRISPR, or what is more commonly known as gene editing. “Beings2015” convened to discuss how biotech should proceed and who should regulate advances like CRISPR in order to draft a statement of […]

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1. California Medical Association No Longer Opposed to Assisted Suicide Earlier this week the California Medical Association decided to drop its formal opposition to physician assisted suicide, effectively becoming “neutral” to the practice. This is a shameful first for a state medical association and an abandonment of the Hippocratic principle of doing no harm to […]

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CBC on the Road: BEINGS15 Summit

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Earlier this week members of the CBC team attended the BEINGS15: Biotech and the Ethical Imagination summit in Atlanta, GA. The stated goal of the conference was to “gather together a distinguished faculty of thought leaders and 200 delegates from 30 countries, drawn from visionary thinkers in the sciences, engineering, policymaking and government, industry, law, […]

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Julia: My Experience as a Surrogate

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After seeing me on ABC’s Nightline, Julia emailed me to share her experience of being a surrogate. Jennifer: How did you come to make the decision to be a surrogate? Julia: At the time, my boyfriend’s brother and his wife were unable to conceive. They were talking about how expensive it was to adopt a […]

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