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Nature nurtures debate on namesake

Josh Carter, over at the Bioethics.com blog, comments on the editorial in the April 10th issue of Nature, (subscription only. Joe quoted some but let me know if you need the full text) which uses news of a transgendered (but not transexual) pregnant and bearded woman to ask the age-old question, what is “natural” and … Continue reading

>Designated Donations (Saving black girls from punishment)

>There’s no way to avoid the politics if I’m going to comment on these two stories. First, here’s a link to the audio recordings of Planned Parenthood employees, agree will be earmarked to decrease the number of “African Americans” or a “black baby.” The employees include the Vice President of Development of the New Mexico … Continue reading

>Secretary of Health Supports Conscience

>Secretary of Health Michael O. Leavitt has stepped up to protect the right of conscience and conscientious refusal, specifically in the right not to be forced to commit or be complicit in abortion and other forms of killing. The Secretary has sent a letter to the President of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology … Continue reading

>"Objectivity is Bias" (meaning, healing, integrity)

>Our recent conversation about conscience and medicine and the ongoing conversation about science and controversies is reflected in the NPR “Speaking of Faith” replay of an interview with, and publication of an essay by, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen. (The outline and much of the story is available in text, here.) “An answer is an invitation … Continue reading

>Doctors, Abortion and Conscience

>The debate on medical ethics has definitely moved from “Our Bodies, Our Choice,” to “My Choice, You Don’t Have a Choice.” Autonomy, the “I want” ethics, trumps the right to life, the right to liberty and the physician’s duty to do no harm. Where once laws were written to punish doctors who harmed patients, doctors … Continue reading

>Text of Letter from CMA to ACOG on Conscience

>(The press release is here and the LifeEthics coverage is here.) December 7, 2007American College of Obstetricians and GynecologyDouglas W. Laube, MD, PresidentPO Box 96920Washington, D.C. 20090-6920 Dear Dr. Laube:The undersigned individuals and organizations urge the repudiation and withdrawal of the recently published position statement of The Committee on Ethics of the American College of … Continue reading

>CMDA to ACOG: Stop Attack on Conscience

>The Christian Medical and Dental Association has released a statement condemning the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists for ACOG’s position statement (earlier coverage, here and here) that would require all doctors who object to abortion to either change their practice or make sure that they work next to a willing abortionist: Physicians call on … Continue reading

Warnock Answers

Dame Mary Warnock has written an essay which was published in the November 29, 2007 issue of Nature, which appears to be an apologetic for her part in the establishment of the ethics of embryonic research in the United Kingdom. The bloggers at Women’s Bioethics Project speculate that she wrote in anticipation of Parliament’s review … Continue reading

>CNN objects to conscience

>This subject again. CNN, that bastion of upstanding plants ethics, objects to doctors with morals – or at least the ones who act on them. The CNN video (not a “news piece”) shows interviews with a woman who was refused contraception by one doctor and a second interview with another doctor who is Catholic and … Continue reading

>UTexas: Modified virus fights stem cell cancer

>Viral gene therapy (similar to techniques used in the stem cell breakthrough last week) has been used by University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers in animal models and reported in the September 19, 2007 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. From MD Anderson: Since 2004 scientists have found that brain … Continue reading

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