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Late-term abortion and fetal development: My debate with Ann Furedi. Photograph by David McNew/Getty Images.

Late-term abortion and fetal development: My debate with Ann Furedi

A month ago, I debated late-term abortion with Ann Furedi, the chief executive of BPAS (the British Pregnancy Advisory Service), at the Battle of Ideas in London. This week, Spiked published a transcript of Furedi’s remarks, prompting outcries from pro-lifers. I’ve been asked what I said in the debate and what I think of Furedi’s view. Arizona decrees pregnancy starts before conception - health - 20 April 2012. On 12 April, the governor of Arizona approved a bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Arizona decrees pregnancy starts before conception - health - 20 April 2012

However, the bill marks pregnancy as beginning two weeks before a child has been conceived. On the face of it, this sounds like nonsense, but what does the science say? New Scientist takes a closer look. After-Birth Abortion: The pro-choice case for infanticide. Photograph by Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty Images.

After-Birth Abortion: The pro-choice case for infanticide

Just when you thought the religious right couldn’t get any crazier, with its personhood amendments and its attacks on contraception, here comes the academic left with an even crazier idea: after-birth abortion. No, I didn’t make this up. ABORTION, INFANTICIDE, HUMANITY, FREE SPEECH. Is there no moral distinction between killing a newborn baby and aborting a fetus?

ABORTION, INFANTICIDE, HUMANITY, FREE SPEECH

And should an academic paper that seemingly advocated the killing of newborns have ever been published? Those are the questions at the heart of a controversy that has erupted after the publication of a paper entitled ‘After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?’ In the Journal of Medical Ethics. Unnatural selection: Is evolving reproductive technology ushering in a new age of eugenics? Humanity has long dreamed of perfection, striving to be faster, stronger and brighter, pushing nature to the limit.

Unnatural selection: Is evolving reproductive technology ushering in a new age of eugenics?

Four centuries before people were conceived in a petri dish, Swiss alchemist Paracelsus claimed flawless little beings could be grown in pumpkins filled with urine and horse dung, but there is no record he produced a crop. With the birth of Louise Brown in 1978, the test tube finally succeeded where the pumpkin had failed, and the year she turned 11, scientists moved beyond making life in a lab: They found a way to peer into an embryo's genes and predict what that life might be like. That ability is now morphing into a whole new approach to baby-making, one that gives people an unprecedented power to preview, and pick, the genetic traits of their prospective children. Sex-selection, abortion, and the pro-choice movement: Why liberals shouldn't gulp.

Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images What’s a not-OK reason to get an abortion?

Sex-selection, abortion, and the pro-choice movement: Why liberals shouldn't gulp

Rape and health of the mother, you’re cool with, yes? What about this nice Jewish girl who got one in college? That feels right. Noninvasive prenatal diagnostic tests, ethics, abortion, and insurance coverage. Photograph by Comstock.

Noninvasive prenatal diagnostic tests, ethics, abortion, and insurance coverage

In 2003, back when such things remained unpredictable, a woman gave birth to a baby boy with Down syndrome. Her family was shocked. Group blogs: Journal of Medical Ethics blog » Blog Archive » Treating the Sex Offender. 13 Jun, 12 | by Iain Brassington This is an interesting story picked up by the BBC: drugs are being used to “suppress sexual thoughts and urges” among sex offenders in an experiment at HMP Whatton.

Group blogs: Journal of Medical Ethics blog » Blog Archive » Treating the Sex Offender

It is early days, and the number taking part is small – so far fewer than 60 – but the graphs illustrating such measures as prisoners’ strength of sexual urges, or time spent thinking about sex, all show a downward trend.The Ministry of Justice is pleased with the initial evaluation of the scheme. The treatment will continue to be available to high-risk sex offenders who are assessed as being suitable, it says. There’s all manner of questions raised by the prospect of using drugs to alter, reduce, or otherwise manipulate sex drive. A Death of One’s Own - Peter Singer. Exit from comment view mode.

A Death of One’s Own - Peter Singer

Click to hide this space PRINCETON – Dudley Clendinen, a writer and journalist, has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal degenerative illness. In The New York Times earlier this year, he wrote movingly both of his current enjoyment of his life, and of his plan to end it when, as he put it, “the music stops – when I can’t tie my bow tie, tell a funny story, walk my dog, talk with Whitney, kiss someone special, or tap out lines like this.” John Stuart Mill and the Right to Die | Against the New Taboo. The consistency of individual autonomy, as Mill outlined, indicates that just as we can live as we wish (with certain constraints), we ought to be able to die as we wish, too.

John Stuart Mill and the Right to Die | Against the New Taboo

Today is human rights day in South Africa. This piece seems to me appropriate, given that I think the right to die should be the next step in universal human rights. A British man, Tony Nicklinson, wants to die. Brendan O’Neill - Why society should never institutionalise a "right to die" On 24 April 2012, I gave a speech at St Michael’s Hospice in Yorkshire arguing against the “right to die”. The speech is published below. Over the past month, there have been two interesting and seemingly unrelated news stories about old people – two media stories about pensioners which seem to be quite distinct, but which I think are linked in quite subtle and important ways. The first news story was about the alleged problem of pensioners using up too many of society’s resources. And the second news story was about the importance of the right to die, the importance of assisted suicide, especially at a time when we have more and more old people suffering from dementia.

So the first news story was about the alleged problem of pensioner greed and the second news story was about how important it is today to give pensioners who are suffering the right to die if they want it. Too Impaired to Rock and Roll - Time to Die? Lynne Bowyer and Grant Gillett on the Tony Nicklinson case - The Bioethics Centre Blog. A Life Worth Ending. Molecules to Medicine: When Religion Collides with Medical Care: Who Decides What Is Right for You? | Guest Blog. San Carlos Church - Vince Alongi The recent presidential candidate debates, fights over insurance coverage for contraceptives, and the Virginia and Texas legislatures’ imposition of intrusive, unnecessary ultrasounds prior to any abortions are highlighting the fundamental issue of the role of religion in health care and the separation of Church and State.

While the emphasis has been on reproductive care, the imposition of religious beliefs on access to medical care is far more wide reaching in its deleterious effect on the ability of people to choose their care and have their medical needs met. What makes killing wrong? -- Sinnott-Armstrong and Miller -- Journal of Medical Ethics. + Author Affiliations Correspondence to Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University, Box 90432, Durham, NC 27708, USA; ws66@duke.edu Received 2 November 2011 Revised 13 December 2011 Accepted 16 December 2011 Published Online First 19 January 2012 Abstract What makes an act of killing morally wrong is not that the act causes loss of life or consciousness but rather that the act causes loss of all remaining abilities.

Controversial cyborg rat tests target brain treatments. 17 January 2012Last updated at 00:00 ET By Katia Moskvitch Technology reporter, BBC News A researcher monitors a sedated rat as part of the research project at Tel Aviv University A rat lies motionless on a sterile, spotless table. It is alive, but heavily sedated.

More Than Human? The Ethics of Biologically Enhancing Soldiers - Patrick Lin - Technology. Our ability to "upgrade" the bodies of soldiers through drugs, implants, and exoskeletons may be upending the ethical norms of war as we've understood them. If we can engineer a soldier who can resist torture, would it still be wrong to torture this person with the usual methods? Starvation and sleep deprivation won't affect a super-soldier who doesn't need to sleep or eat. Beatings and electric shocks won't break someone who can't feel pain or fear like we do.

This isn't a comic-book story, but plausible scenarios based on actual military projects today. Alex Byrne: Cheating Death. The Case for Enhancing People. Bioconservatives vs. Bioprogressives. Should We Want To Be Immortal? Should we erase painful memories? The ethics of brain boosting. "Biomedicine’s Democratic Revolution" by Stephen H Friend.

Motherhood: Immaculate gestation | The Last Word On Nothing. 'Three-parent babies' cure for illness raises ethical fear | Science. Do You Really Want to Live Forever? The Population Control Holocaust. Procreation vs. Overpopulation. Regulations proposed for animal–human chimaeras. The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy. Eating Animals - Nicolette Hahn Niman - Health. Europe’s Ethical Eggs - Peter Singer.