Cook, Michael
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Michael Cook is editor of MercatorNet.com

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What lies ahead for marriage in Ireland?

Ireland has written a social suicide note and we grieve for her. More than half the Irish have voted for homosexual marriage, seduced by celebrities to violate something they once held sacred: the life between mother, father and child. From today, the Irish Constitution assumes a mother does not matter to a baby, and a father is irrelevant to his son. That is madness.

Date posted: 2015-06-14

Canadian bioethicist questions value of Down syndrome detection

Do we really need ever-more accurate tests to detect Down syndrome in unborn children?

Date posted: 2015-06-14

Leading stem cell surgeon accused of 'scientific misconduct'

Italian celebrity surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, who created artificial windpipes with cadaver-derived scaffolding and stem cells, has been found guilty of scientific misconduct by an investigator from Sweden's Karolinska Institute.

Date posted: 2015-06-14

Political fruit flies

So many politicians have evolved so quickly on same-sex marriage that it has become one of the greatest-ever experiments in Darwinian selection.

Date posted: 2015-06-14

Israel evacuates babies of surrogate mothers from devastated Nepal

Nepal's devastating earthquakes in recent weeks have brought to light its little-known surrogacy industry.

Date posted: 2015-06-04

Rohingyas battle population control

Somewhere between 6,000 and 20,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are drifting in the Andaman Sea while neighbouring countries take turns to deny them entry.

Date posted: 2015-06-04

If 'gay is good', is opposing it bad?

Many people with a religious outlook on life feel threatened by the advance of same-sex marriage.

Date posted: 2015-06-04

Same-sex marriage and the ethics of harm

What else will change if same-sex marriage is legalized? This is the question which voters in the United States and Ireland should be asking themselves.

Date posted: 2015-05-31

Outsourcing embryos in India

A recent Vice documentary for HBO, Outsourcing Embryos, explored the well-trodden path to shady surrogacy practices in India.

Date posted: 2015-05-31

From friends of the Court: forgotten voices

The institution of man-woman marriage is not an insult; it is an ensign, beckoning to anyone - regardless of sexual orientation - that the union of a man and a woman is uniquely significant because it is endowed with procreative power and complementary capacity.

Date posted: 2015-04-28

Born to be bad?

The idea that criminal behaviour is in our genes may be making a come-back.

Date posted: 2015-04-28

Health workers faces dual loyalty in US jails

Guantanamo Bay is not the only place where American health workers' ethics clash with the need for security. This is also the case in American jails, according to a two-year study of New York's Rikers Island jail complex published in Harvard's Health and Human Rights Journal.

Date posted: 2015-04-22

WHO alarmed by C-section rise

There is no evidence that a Caesarean section rate of more than 10% saves the lives of mothers or babies, says the World Health Organization. In a new statement it recommends that C-sections be performed based only on the needs of the patient, rather than focusing on target rates.

Date posted: 2015-04-22

A fresh voice for marriage

Is fighting for traditional marriage and against same-sex marriage worthwhile? Ryan T. Anderson, a 33-year-old fellow at the Heritage Foundation, thinks so and is crisscrossing the US to persuade people that they are not irrational or homophobic if they think that marriage should be reserved for a man and a woman.

Date posted: 2015-04-22

Down syndrome kids need support after they're born - but also before

People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults with 'opportunities' and 'choices'. What's odd about this complaint is that the biggest discrimination is hardly mentioned - the right to participate in life, period.

Date posted: 2015-04-07

US think tank publishes report on risks of assisted suicide

Allowing physician-assisted suicide would be a grave mistake for four reasons.

Date posted: 2015-04-07

Gray Lady gives two cheers for euthanasia

The New York Times is edging to a cautious endorsement of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Date posted: 2015-04-07

50 or 60 Belgian patients euthanased annually for psychiatric reasons

Dr Wim Distelmans explains their misery.

Date posted: 2015-04-07

Dolce & Gabbana spark internet frenzy over IVF

Gay icons war over "synthetic children".

Date posted: 2015-04-07

Time to take another look at the Pill

If there is one request by patients which is spurned by all doctors, without any fear of being labelled paternalistic, it is muscle-bound young men asking for performance-enhancing steroids. Extensive research confirms that anabolic steroids damage the liver and the heart, among other problems. So, if widespread steroid use is discouraged for men, why haven't the neurological effects on women of the steroid-based contraceptive pill been studied just as thoroughly?

Date posted: 2015-04-07

Ebola's wake-up call

Is there a silver lining to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa which has claimed nearly 10,000 lives over the past year?

Date posted: 2015-04-07

International drive to stop organ trafficking

Fourteen European nations have signed the first international treaty on organ trafficking.

Date posted: 2015-04-05

Swiss assisted suicide group notches up 34% rise in deaths

Exit, the assisted suicide group for German-speakers in Switzerland, recorded a 27% increase in deaths last year, rising from 459 in 2013 to 583. Membership grew by 20% to 86,000.

Date posted: 2015-04-05

After same-sex marriage, then what?

March 29 marked the first anniversary of the legal same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Look around, say the twitterati - no plagues of locusts and frogs have blighted the land; no fire and brimstone have rained down upon Westminster; no earthquake has swallowed up Sir Elton. All is well.

Date posted: 2015-04-05

Nitschke's campaign for re-registration falters

Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke is sailing against the wind in his campaign to regain registration as a medical doctor.

Date posted: 2015-04-05

Brittany Maynard speaks from grave to California senators

America's leading assisted suicide lobby group, Compassion & Choices, has scored another public relations coup with the release of a third Brittany Maynard video

Date posted: 2015-04-05

New relationships; new names

Gender confusion and reproductive technology are muddling the English language. We need to take action.

Date posted: 2015-03-22

More research needed on the Pill-brain nexus

Why don't we know more about the neurological effects of the contraceptive Pill?

Date posted: 2015-03-22

Does religion have a role in bioethics?

The notion that religious convictions have no place in medicine or bioethics is widespread and growing.

Date posted: 2015-03-22

Irish IVF industry slams donor disclosure proposals

The Irish Fertility Society has called upon the Oireachtas to scupper new assisted reproduction regulations.

Date posted: 2015-03-22

IVF births in US hit 1.5%

More than 1.5% of the babies born in the United States in 2013 began life in a Petri dish.

Date posted: 2015-03-22

Marriage equality? What about equality for kids?

The 37th Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras last Saturday was one of the best-publicised events in Sydney's social calendar. About 10,000 people participated, with 150 floats chugging through the gay district. An estimated 200,000 watched the spectacle, which one disillusioned gay journalist described as "a sweaty orgy of glitter-coated body parts".

Date posted: 2015-03-22

Disgraced researcher Hwang Woo-suk teams up with US scientist

One of the world's leading stem cell scientists has entered a partnership with the disgraced Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk to pursue cloning research in China, Science reports.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Paternity presumption threatens same-sex marriage

Despite the advance of same-sex marriage in the US, it may be some time before the law is scrubbed clean of the presumption that a male/female relationship constitutes a family.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Professionalise surrogacy, say New Zealand academics

Two New Zealand academics have proposed that surrogacy become a profession like nursing or teaching which is fully integrated into the health system.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Colombia may finally legalise euthanasia

The assisted suicide of American woman Brittany Maynard on November 1 may have tipped Colombia into legalising euthanasia.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Caution: language change ahead

A group of right-to-die activists is searching for a new word for suicide by conducting an internet poll. They've got their work cut out for them.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

How will conscientious objectors fare in Canada?

Conscientious objection to "physician-assisted dying" is shaping up as a major issue among doctors in Canada after last week's Supreme Court ruling which legalised it.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Bioethicists push "3-parent embryos" in US

After "three-parent embryos" were legalised in Britain last week, some American bioethicists immediately took to the media to promote the technique.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Searching for a new word for suicide

A group of right-to-die activists is searching for a new word for suicide by conducting an internet survey.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Israeli defence forces under fire for abuses during Gaza War

Independent investigators commissioned by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel have concluded last year's war in Gaza involved "several serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law" by the Israeli Army, including attacks on healthcare workers and facilities.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

The "no difference" theory is dead

A US study finds that opposite-sex parents are better than same-sex parents. Wait for the fireworks.

Date posted: 2015-02-23

US public and scientists see world through different glasses

Despite similar views about the overall place of science in America, the general public and scientists often see science-related issues through a different lens, according to a new pair of surveys by the Pew Research Center and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Date posted: 2015-02-23

How scientists won the 3-parent IVF battle

After years of debate, the British House of Commons approved the creation of embryos with genetic material from two women and one man by a vote of 382 to 128. The House of Lords will probably pass the bill, which amends the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, later this year.

Date posted: 2015-02-23

Canada's supreme court strikes down ban on assisted suicide

In a landmark decision the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Friday that prohibiting assisted suicide is unconstitutional and a violation of the country's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Canada is now the first country outside Europe to legalize assisted suicide.

Date posted: 2015-02-23

Sex-selective abortion: I'm OK with that, says UK academic

Sex-selective abortion is almost universally reviled - by opponents of abortion because it kills an unborn child and by feminists because it entrenches discriminatory attitudes towards women. However, it has its defenders, even in the Western world.

Date posted: 2015-02-06

FGM convictions: Egypt 1, England 0

For the first time ever, an Egyptian doctor has been convicted of performing female genital mutilation.

Date posted: 2015-02-06

No longer anonymous in Germany

The days of anonymous sperm donation are over in Germany.

Date posted: 2015-02-06

Torture: sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, say bioethicists

Torture is an issue on which the public might expect bioethicists to be moral absolutists.

Date posted: 2015-02-06

Remembering Auschwitz

70 years ago today, the most notorious Nazi death camp was liberated by the Red Army.

Date posted: 2015-02-06

French parliament begins debate on euthanasia

The French parliament opened a long-awaited debate on euthanasia this week.

Date posted: 2015-02-06

The torture-abortion nexus

Why do philosophers who defend abortion also defend torture?

Date posted: 2015-02-05

Is more blasphemy the best response?

Awful as the Paris massacre is, does it really mean that we ought to blaspheme more?

Date posted: 2015-02-05

Dutch euthanasia clinic has knuckles rapped over tinnitus death

A Dutch end-of-life clinic has been reprimanded for the third time in a year for moving the goal posts for euthanasia.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

UK scientists call for debate on designer babies

Novel techniques of editing the genome have inspired some British scientists to call for a public debate on designer babies.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

"Virginity tests" unethical, says South African physician

While virginity tests for unmarried women have been universally regarded as unethical in Western countries, the practice is spreading in immigrant communities.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

A new kind of diplomacy

Artificial insemination has become part of international diplomacy

Date posted: 2015-02-05

Near enough is not good enoug

The phrase "not completely brain dead", like "not completely pregnant", has a Monty Python-esque ring to it. But it is the way the Daily Mail described an alarming organ transplant incident in the German city of Bremen.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

When do we become autonomous?

When a 17-year-old rejects chemotherapy - with her mother's support - the state should step in.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

Blasphemy is an assault on our supreme good

When a 17-year-old rejects chemotherapy - with her mother's support - the state should step in.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

No contraception, no govt handouts, says Aussie politician

A tragic murder in the Australian state of Queensland has provoked a controversial solution by a former Federal government minister: no contraception, no dole.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

Nitschke loses legal battle to practice as a doctor

Australian euthanasia activist Dr Philip Nitschke remains deregistered after a ruling that his activities would undermine public confidence in the medical profession and posed a serious risk to public safety. Nitschke says that he will appeal the decision by the Northern Territory Health Professional Review Tribunal.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

What did Udo Schuklenk really say about neonatal euthanasia?

The idea of using patients as organ donors if they request assisted suicide or euthanasia seems to be catching on. This is reasonably common in Belgium and in the Netherlands an official protocol is being drawn up to regulate such cases.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

Book closes on stem cell saga

Yet another stem cell dream has been shattered for ever. At a news conference yesterday, officials at Japan's prestigious RIKEN Institute announced that attempts to replicate STAP cells, or stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency cells, are over.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

The Pessimist: Editor of leading bioethics journal mourns "failure" of bioethics

"Both bioethics and medical ethics together have, in many ways, failed as fields," laments the editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, Oxford's Julian Savulescu. His diagnosis is that an illogical moralism dominates nearly all bioethical issues and that debates are conducted in philosophical darkness.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

The Optimist: I have lived in a golden age, says US bioethicist

Arthur Caplan's canter through the history of bioethics in a special 40th anniversary issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics is decidedly upbeat.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

Remembering the dark story of Peru's population control campaign

I just stumbled across a documentary about the 300,000 women and 22,000 men forcibly or deceitfully sterilised by population control officials in the government of President Alberto Fujimori in the 1990s.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

When transgender men have children

Transgender studies is a field which comes up with many surprises. An article in this month's issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology says that since most transgender men desire to have children, more attention should be paid to those who actually bear their own.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

No love, no marriage, just the baby carriage

You've heard of hook-up sites like match.com for people who just want sex, but not marriage and kids. But you may not have heard of sites like Modamily.com, PollenTree.com and Familybydesign.com for people who just want kids, but not marriage and sex.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

Psychologists criticised in CIA torture report

Two psychologists contracted by the CIA to create enhanced interrogation techniques for al-Qaeda detainees have come under fire for violating human rights and medical ethics

Date posted: 2015-01-11