Charles C. Camosy, Professor of Christian Ethics at Fordham, decided to weigh in on the “After-Birth Abortion” article that caused such a stir a few months ago. He makes the case that ideas, no matter how abhorrant they seem on face, deserve debate and rational discussion.
Several philosophers I talked to could not understand […]
I’m always amazed by the way governments address their own abysmal actions. Thousands were involuntarily sterilized? Here’s some money, now be quiet.
There should be a massive, public announcement in which the governor and all members of the state’s government (senators, reps, etc.) deliver a clear, honest description of what happened, why North Carolinian’s […]
Searing, intense, personal account of being mother to a child with Tay-Sachs, perhaps the archetypal disease used for discussing wrongful life. Emily Rapp’s take on prenatal testing is the opposite of abstract. Read it all:
That it is possible to hold this paradox as part of my daily reality points to the reductive and […]
Carolyn Abraham pens an exhaustive and balanced article on embryo selection. If you are honest with yourself about trying to understand the situation new parents will be facing in the coming decades, you’ll read this article.
You can’t make this stuff up. In Scientific American, Eric Michael Johnson tells the sad story of Russian physiologist Il’ya Ivanov’s efforts to cross-breed humans with anthropoid apes. Ivanov was not planning to make super-soldiers, nor was he up to any comic book scale medical mischief. As is so often the case, Ivanov just wanted […]
The Today show manages to be balanced. Ann Curry does an awesome job calling out the protection of the privacy of individuals and families. She’s brave enough to question genetic fetishism. Also, it’s worth noting that Nanette Ulster affiliates with rather conservative bioethics organizations.
I’m trying to decide what I think on this one. […]
80 Beats at Discover Magazine has a great summary of the new blood test that lets parents know the sex of their baby as early as 7 weeks into the pregnancy. The highlights:
At 7 to 12 weeks, the researchers found, the test determined the sex of a fetus with 95% accuracy. At 20 […]
Dea Birkett at the Guardian unloads:
The media hate assisted motherhood. Women who simply want a little help to have a baby are portrayed as unnatural, evil and downright selfish. Earlier this week, the Daily Mail headlined on two women who’d had IVF treatment – one single, one Nigerian – who were “milking […]
The reason I study transhumanism and human enhancement is because cutting-edge tech forces us to revisit what we believe to be the “central” issue in a practice or action. Ross Douthat and Adam Serwer trade paries and thrusts over the use of abortion for sex-selection and the bias towards males. Douthat starts, then Serwer […]
An Australian man who had sex with a sixteen year old and was convicted as a sex offender is being denied the opportunity to use IVF treatment to reproduce. Here is the thing: sex offender laws are wildly disproportionate to the crime committed. Let me be clear: rape and harassment are traumatic and horrific behaviors. […]
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