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We need sharing, not eggs or embryos!

From WebMD: “We don’t need any eggs or embryos at all,” says Shinya Yamanaka, MD, a professor at the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences in Kyoto, Japan. Yamanaka describes his lab’s early successes in mice creating stem cells from adult cells. His research involves isolating two dozen chemicals that give embryonic stem cells their ability … Continue reading

Plan B doesn’t change much

If a medication doesn’t offer a significant improvement in health risks, why risk the complications of changing laws, much less side effects of medication? Plan B is supposed to decrease pregnancies due to unprotected intercourse. Easy access to Plan B is supposed to work better to decrease pregnancy. But, it doesn’t work that way. You … Continue reading

Endarkenment and humans

Wesley Smith has had a bit of time to consider and reconsider the way he was called out and singled out at lunch by Alta Chara on Friday, July 14th at the Bioethics and Politics Summer Conference of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. I am unabashedly human-centric and a human species-ist. Any other … Continue reading

The fatherhood question

Kevin T. Kevin questions my post concerning the rights of fathers to choose to be fathers or not to be fathers. Irony was the point, Kevin. There definitely is no child for hours to days after ejaculation. There’s not even an embryo or fetus. Where is the logic in determining the “personhood” based on one … Continue reading

The grown-ups speak for the smallest humans

Two of the most brilliant ethicists in the United States have answered one of the most partisan. Robert P. George and Gilbert Meilander, in the National Review On Line, have answered Michael Gazzaniga’s New York Times discussion on embryonic stem cell research. You’ll remember that Gazzaniga’s editorial, published in the NYT last week, called for … Continue reading

Life, intelligence, and feelings

I received an email from one of the readers. (Evidently, my spam program diverted it.) I make it my usual policy to only respond to reader’s comments on the blog, but I won’t post his name, since he chose not to post it here. Here’s the body of his message, and my reply: Dear Beverly … Continue reading

>What kind of world do we want to live in?

>A most appropriate question on this day, when the Supreme Court ruled that Oregon’s laws allowing physicians to write prescriptions intended to cause the death of patients. This time, the question is asked by Kathryn Hinsch,the founder of the Womens Bioethics Project, in her “guest column” in the Seattle Post Intelligencer. The subject of the … Continue reading

What’s the connection for NYT and Plan B

I wish I were a better detective. Tuesday, I had to spend a couple of hours in the Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, so I did something I don’t usually do: I read a real, dead-tree newspaper. The NYT flashed an above-the-fold front page article and an editorial on FDA regulation of a single … Continue reading

>Mandatory Abortion Referral Bill

>The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is sponsoring a bill that would require that all doctors refer patients to abortionists. ACOG is asking that Senators tuck this provision into the the FY06 Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill. According to an internet alert from the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians … Continue reading

FDA Chief Resigns Over Plan B

FDA Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, Susan Wood, says she can’t remain at the Agency because of the refusal to change the status of the drug protocol, “Plan B” often called the “morning after pill.” The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation’s daily news reports the fuss. I agree with the former Commissioner, she should not be … Continue reading

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