Jerry Novotny OMI
March 9, 2014
The Rent-a-Womb Boom
Who really profits from India’s multimillion-dollar surrogacy industry? Adrienne Vogt explores the uncertain future of the subcontinent’s baby business
Is Genetic Testing Humans Playing God?
Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis allows doctors to test embryos before they are implanted into a woman's womb, to help ensure that certain gene mutations are not passed on. But this procedure is raising myriad complex ethical and social issues.
The Commercialization Of Human Eggs In Mitochondrial Replacement Research
There has been a renewed campaign to legalize payment for eggs in research, although the actual scientific advances are at best modest.
U.K. Government Proposes Rules To Allow 'Three-Parent Embryos'
The U.K. government issued proposed regulations that would allow researchers to try a new and controversial technique that would result in a form of genetic alteration that could be passed on to future generations
Three-Parent Babies And Eugenics
The “three-parent baby” is most certainly genetic engineering — it just modifies “cassettes” of genes, if you will, rather than tweaking single genes or nucleotides. It is exactly as eugenic as going through conventional IVF and selecting the traits you want in your offspring.
Why The FDA Should Not Green-light 3-parent Reproduction
The FDA meeting is a great form for this discussion, although it leaves off the ethical and societal issues. Ultimately I hope the FDA says “no” to the technology. Humanity just isn’t ready and the risks are too great.
Genetically Modified Babies
An advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration is set to consider radical biological procedures that, if successful, would produce genetically modified human beings. This is a dangerous step.
Bullying Hurts Children For The Long Term
Experts have long maintained that, in spite of the feeling in the past that it is simply harmless teasing, bullying is detrimental to the children that it is inflicted upon. New research has shown that bullying has profound effects on the health of children, both as it is occurring, and long into the future.
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If Belgium continues on its reckless path towards child euthanasia, as seems likely, what will the conversations look like that precedes the killing of a child?
Fifteen years ago, Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, with the strong encouragement of the Clinton administration, ordered a nationwide sterilization campaign. At least 300,000 women were sterilized by "mobile sterilization teams" on a Chinese model, many under duress. Some died.
In 2011, the European Council adopted a resolution that protects healthcare workers' right to freedom of conscience regarding abortion and euthanasia. Sweden has signed this agreement. But reality paints a different picture. Out of the 47 member states in the European Council, Finland and Sweden are the only two which do not uphold freedom of conscience in practice.
One of the most remarkable public relations features of the culture of death is the innovative manner in which they attempt to sell the public on their "compassion."
Synopsis: Today the word "bigot" is thrown around quite liberally. For instance, some homosexual activists will quickly dismiss anyone who argues against them as a bigot. The irony is that many of these activists stubbornly refuse to concede to reasonable arguments, and so they prove themselves to be far more bigoted than the persons they are quick to label as "bigots".
Children are getting confused in dealing with multiple parents. They have to relate now to birth mothers as well as step mothers, along with all of the sets of grandparents that come with multiple parents. Birth fathers and step fathers bring similar sets of problems. In large urban areas we have fatherless children who desperately need adult males in order to figure out what it means to be a responsible, caring man.
The prosecutor successfully argued that BEOS (Brain Electrical Oscillations Signature test) analysis proved that she clearly had "experiential knowledge" of the murder. In other words, certain sections of Ms Sharma's brain would not have lit up unless she had actually participated in the crime. Even if it seemed like a leap of faith in an unfamiliar technology, Judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi stated that the expertise of the BEOS operator "can in no way be challenged". He sentenced the young woman to life imprisonment.
One Body, by Alexander Pruss, melds rigorous philosophical analysis and insightful moral theology to advance a clearly-articulated system of sexual ethics based on the call to love.
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