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Surrogacy in China, as the One-Child Policy Comes to an End

By Princess Chukwuneke At the start of 2016, China amended its one-child policy that had been in motion for 30 years. Perhaps it was because surrogacy had wormed its way into family planning among the richer members of the Chinese population, a concern for a vast majority of citizens who could not afford such a [...]

By | February 27th, 2016|News-Articles|2 Comments

TED Talk about the Ethical Implications of Gene Editing Technologies

By Maria Coluccio In the TED Talk “We can now edit our DNA. But let’s do so wisely,” geneticist Jennifer Doudna talks about the rapidly developing field of gene editing technology and its serious ethical implications. A few years ago, Doudna created CRISPR-Cas9, a gene editing technology that has the potential to cure chronic [...]

By | February 26th, 2016|News-Articles|2 Comments

World Medical Association Calls for Revision of the “Hippocratic Oath”

By Alexis Vaujany In response to the atrocities committed by Nazi doctors in WWII, the Declaration of Geneva or Physician’s Oath was drafted. Since its creation, only minor changes have been made. The World Medical Association (WMA) (representing 112 National Medical Associations) is calling for a necessary update.The medical environment and global society has radically [...]

By | February 26th, 2016|News-Articles|1 Comment

Human Rights Violation or Paternalism

By Maria Coluccio "Preventing the Commercialization of Reproduction: Canada’s Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA)" The world of healthcare is always growing, and healthcare technologies are evolving at a faster pace than their regulations. In 2004, Canada passed the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA) in order to monitor, regulate, and enforce Assisted Human Reproduction research and activities. One [...]

By | February 26th, 2016|News-Articles|1 Comment

Physician Assisted Suicide for Psychiatric Patients

By Ellen Arkfeld Assisted suicide for psychiatric patients has been legal in the Netherlands since 1993, a country with some of the longest standing euthanasia practices. The main argument for euthanasia in the Netherlands is the autonomy of the patient. Whether psychiatric patients are able to objectively determine that their suffering is irreversible is coming under [...]

By | February 20th, 2016|News-Articles|1 Comment

Manitoba Debates Switching to Presumed Consent System for Organ Donation

By Kaitlyn Schaeffer “Manitoba has an organ and tissue donor crisis,” explains the spokesperson for Manitobians for Presumed Consent. “The demand for organ and tissues far exceeds the availability. To make matters worse, the demand for organs is expected to drastically rise in the decades ahead. Manitoba has the worst organ donation rate in Canada, [...]

By | February 12th, 2016|News-Articles|1 Comment

The Shocking Story of the First Artificial Insemination

By Maria Coluccio Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have provided millions of individuals with the opportunity to have biological children who otherwise would have never been able to do so. In 2013, around 68,000 babies were born using ART in nearly 500 clinics across the U.S. As prominent as these technologies are today, ART had some [...]

By | February 11th, 2016|News-Articles|1 Comment

Sperm Banks Develop Zika Virus Policy

By Raya Bidshahri The Zika virus has been spreading through Brazil, and more and more babies are being born with abnormally small heads and serious birth defects. The virus is transmitted primarily though mosquito bites, but it can also be spread sexually and through blood transfusions. As a result, authorities in the region are taking drastic measures [...]

By | February 11th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

Court Indicts Directors of Planned Parenthood Videos

By Ellen Arkfeld In July, the Center for Medical Progress released controversial videos that appeared to show Planned Parenthood selling fetal tissue for profit. In these videos, the Center's founders, anti-abortion activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, obtained footage using hidden cameras by posing as middlemen for researchers and offering to pay for fetal tissue in an attempt to [...]

By | February 8th, 2016|News-Articles|1 Comment

Spread of Zika Virus Reignites Abortion Debate in Brazil

By Farzana Paleker An increase in the number of babies being born with microcephaly in Zika-affected areas of Brazil has sparked a heated debate over the country’s strict abortion laws. Abortions in Brazil are illegal except in instances of rape and in cases where fetuses are diagnosed with anencephaly, a condition resulting in an underdeveloped brain and [...]

By | February 7th, 2016|News-Articles|1 Comment