Entries for the ‘Bioethics’ Category

The future of artificial wombs

by Carder While it may be worth thinking about the impact artificial wombs could have on our society one day, urgent discussion of this alternate future is premature. There’s no need to get too excited or freaked out about the idea anytime soon. For now, growing a human baby in an external device remains solidly […]

Measles outbreak draws attention to aborted fetal cells in vaccines

jenny-mccarthy-vaccines-the-view_69447_990x742The issue of childhood vaccinations provides a rare meeting place for liberals and conservatives.

There is no shortage of progressives like Robert Kennedy, Jr. who champion the anti-vaccination movement.

But there is also a contingent of conservatives who oppose it as well. As noted by Vox:

They are by no means guided by a singular ideology. They may be the vaccine-hesistant Amish, vaccine-refusing Christian Scientists, Jenny McCarthy acolytes, granola crunchers who don’t want to put “unnatural” things in their kids’ bodies, or simply worried parents who delay immunizing their children.

And there are also pro-lifers.

Until now pro-life opposition to vaccinations hasn’t gotten much airplay.

Lesbians sue sperm bank over accidentally mixed-race baby

by Carder On August 21, 2012, Jennifer gave birth to Payton, a beautiful, obviously mixed-race baby girl. Jennifer bonded with Payton easily and she and Amanda love her very much. Even so, Jennifer lives each day with fears, anxieties, and uncertainty about her future and Payton’s future…. Though compelled to repress her individuality amongst family […]

Bioethicists upset that “non-academics” dislike eugenic infanticide

[Bioethicists] Giubilini and Minerva [the same authors of a paper last year supporting infanticide for Down syndrome] are expressing surprise that the Down syndrome community opposes their agenda of eugenics and infanticide…. They would like to dismiss anyone who disagrees with their conclusions as being irrational because we don’t appreciate the opportunities of what they […]

Animal lover equates elk shooting with Newtown massacre

I don’t see a whole lot of difference between the shooting of this defenseless elk and the shooting of school children in Connecticut. ~ Unnamed female attendee at a vigil for an elk (nicknamed “Big Boy,” “George,” and “Elmo” by neighborhood residents) shot by a Boulder, Colorado off-duty police officer, as quoted by CBS News, […]

Babies created with DNA from three parents – a 2012 “Best Sex Moment”?

The Center for Healthy Sex has released its “25 Best and Worst Sex Moments of 2012″ [WARNING: vulgar] on Huffington Post.

I didn’t know what to expect when perusing the list, but I know I did not expect “BEST #8: Embryos Created From Two Women, One Man.”

How in the world could this qualify as a “Best Sex Moment”?

Human cloning: unethical or an act of mercy?

During public lectures the Cambridge University scientist said he regularly asks his audience if they would be in favour of allowing parents of deceased children, who are no longer fertile, to create another using the mother’s eggs and skin cells from the first child, assuming the technique was safe and effective. “The average vote on […]

PETA equates eating Thanksgiving turkeys with eating human babies

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is well known to use sensationalism to get noticed. So I hesitate to even draw attention to PETA’s Thanksgiving ploy, because I suppose I’m falling right into their hands. But equating human babies with turkeys bears mention as a glimpse into the warped mind of PETA founder Ingrid […]

Britain’s got secrets: 150+ human chimeras produced over 3 years

I argued in Parliament against the creation of human-animal hybrids as a matter of principle. None of the scientists who appeared before us could give us any justification in terms of treatment. Ethically it can never be justifiable – it discredits us as a country. It is dabbling in the grotesque. At every stage the […]

Genetically modified cow’s milk for babies?

“It’s good,” said worker Jiang Yao. “It’s better for you because it’s genetically modified.” ….The director of the research project, Prof. Li Ning, said Western concerns about the ethics of genetic modification are misplaced. “There are 1.5 billion people in the world who don’t get enough to eat,” he said. “It’s our duty to develop […]

Good for them: Bristol and Levi engaged

I had wondered why Levi publicly apologized for speaking poorly (and inaccurately) of the Palins. Now I get it. He has obviously matured and is trying to take responsibility. Good for them. Generally speaking, intact families are always best for children. I’m glad these 2 are overcoming pretty big obstacles. I do think it they […]

The kids are not all right: Children of sperm donors messed up

While at the show to watch The Kids Are All Right, about a lesbian couple whose children conceived via sperm donation become inquisitive to find their father. FYI, the trailer should be rated PG-13… About the movie and topic

Review of movie “Splice”

The movie

New DHHS conscience protection rule

The New York Times

Love story 2008

by Mary Kay Hastings Johnny and Mary sittin’ in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G First comes love, Then comes marriage, Then comes a new technology which will allow you to manufacture a baby without ever having to touch each other…. U.K., February 1, 2008 (

Souls, posterity, and species

Some, even certain Christians, argue humans don’t become persons with souls until birth. Therefore, human embryos can be dissected and preborns can be aborted. (See examples here.) They base this argument on Genesis 2:7: Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the earth and blew the breath of life into his […]

Singer: euthanizing preborn/postborn handicapped infants, same difference

John Jansen at 18th Annual Chicago Humanities Festival. Writes John: Yes, that Peter Singer – Peter Practical Ethics…

Ignoring us and our “fetusmobiles”

Blogger JJ at Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. Under discussion was CCBR’s launch of a “Abortion billboard trucks cause media uproar, provoke pro-abortion advocate to publicly debate issue”

“Shocked” that babies were once embryos


Mary Cheney had her baby

Announced today’s “Mary Cheney: Pro-life,” bears repeating….

Biotech babies

On Wired article describing a March 20 meeting at Harvard of some of the world’s leading liberal and conservative bioethicists. This group formed “unaccustomed alliances” to agree biotechnology should be used only to treat disease and not enhance people, such as to raise IQs: Michael Sandel… head of the Program in Ethics and Public Policy […]


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