Human Gene Editing and Eugenics

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A recent essay by Brendan Foht in the Washington Post reveals the backwards logic of scientists who advocate for human gene editing and those who also support the idea that embryos that have been genetically modified must be destroyed. The advent of CRISPR technology allows for the possibility of us forever altering the human genome […]

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Merch Madness

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British Woman Seeks to Use Dead Daughter’s Frozen Eggs

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A sixty-year-old British woman is fighting a court battle to use her dead daughter’s frozen eggs and to act as a surrogate for them in order to conceive a child. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the UK’s regulatory body for eggs and sperm, is fighting against her efforts, noting that the deceased did […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. World Medical Association to Revise Hippocratic Oath The World Medical Association, which represents over 100 national medical associations, has announced that a working group will be revising the oath its members take. While no announcements have been made, I’d be willing to bet that one of the first orders of business will be to […]

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Euthanasia and Euphemisms

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A recent article in a Dutch newspaper exclaimed: “Euthanasia Patient Saves Five Lives with Organ Donation.” After suffering a stroke, the man decided he no longer wanted to live and asked to be euthanized. The article went on to note, “He gave his last breath in an operating room at the Erasmus Medical Center in […]

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You are Cordially Invited

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The Board of Directors of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network cordially invites you to   The Thirteenth Annual Paul Ramsey Award Dinner honoring Brent Waters, D.Phil.2016 Paul Ramsey Award Recipient   at Diablo Country ClubDiablo, CA on Saturday, April 16, 2016Reception at 5:30 pm / Dinner at 6:30 pm   RSVP by March […]

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Surrogacy: A One Sided Story

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This weekend an article in The Guardian profiled the rising number of British couples that utilize international surrogacy to have a child. The headline reads: “Childless UK couples forced abroad to find surrogates.” Did you catch that? Forced! The subtitle of the article notes, “Lack of clarity in UK laws causes anguish for prospective parents.” […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. IVF Conceived Children Face Poor Health Outcomes A new study in the journal of Human Reproduction warns that IVF conceived children may suffer poor health outcomes such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. According to Dr. Pascal Gagneux, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California San Diego, “We’re engaging in an evolutionary […]

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Our Not So Human Future

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Robot soldiers, economic meltdowns, robot lovers, and autonomous drones and weapons—these are just a few of the items that make the list of Tech Republic’s “Ten Terrifying Uses of Artificial Intelligence.” But perhaps the scariest is the prospect of an increased reliance on artificial intelligence for medical treatment. Tech gurus are already pouring billions of dollars—not […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Physician Assisted Suicide Fails to Gain Traction in Colorado After a bill to legalize physician assisted suicide was voted down by a Colorado House Committee and received only tepid support from the Senate Committee, the bill’s champion Roland Halpern of Compassion & Choices, a group dedicated to promoting physician assisted suicide, was forced to […]

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Biological Colonialism in Action

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The buying and selling of human eggs is illegal in Australia—but that hasn’t prevented one agency from working around it. ABC News is reporting that Known Egg Donors, a Brisbane based company, recently brought a woman in from South Africa to “donate” her eggs for a local couple. Sadly, this is a familiar tale—those desperate […]

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The Physician Becomes a Dying Patient

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A thirty-six year old physician is diagnosed with terminal cancer—and uses his final months of life to teach the world how to both live and die. “What makes human life meaningful?” It’s a question that’s long been pondered by the ancient philosophers, present day psychoanalysts, and just about every single one of us as we […]

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Progressivism and Physician Assisted Suicide

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On Friday, a bill to advance physician assisted suicide in Colorado was approved by the House Judiciary Committee. It now makes its way to the full House for consideration. Leading the charge for the bill was a democratic House member, and all six democratic legislators on the committee voted in favor of the bill. After […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. New Records Set For Reproductive Technology in the United States According to a new report, the U.S. reproductive technology industry is slated to reach over $4 billion by 2020. The largest sector of the market, $1.2 billion, comes from fertility drug revenue. As we’ve long said, infertility has become a booming business in the […]

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Physician Assisted Suicide’s Slippery Slope

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A common argument often heard in the debates over physician assisted suicide is that it will only be used for terminally ill patients. Indeed, in Oregon—the state that first legalized the practice in the United States and has become the model for other legalization attempts—the patient must be deemed to have less than six months […]

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Commercial Surrogacy: A Modern Form of Human Trafficking

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News broke last week of a French woman who is being tried in court for twice defrauding two gay couples by contracting to serve as a surrogate for them—only to then falsely tell them that the children had died during birth and then to go on and sell the children to other couples. By the […]

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Jennifer Lahl’s Family Day Remarks

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As prepared for deliveryItalian translation below I bring you greetings from California the reproductive tourism capital of the world, where Elton John and his partner David Furnish came, not once, but twice to buy their children. They paid women and exploited them for their eggs. They paid women and exploited them for their uteruses. The literally bought […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Belgium Sets New Records for Euthanasia Most countries aim to set new health records by alleviating certain diseases, curing cancers, or improving overall health among their citizens. In Belgium, however, they aim to set records to see how many of their fellow countrymen their medical institutions can kill off. And in 2015, a record […]

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