The year has just begun and already we are being faced with some thorny bioethical issues, as we report in the links below:
- Will countries which have legalised euthanasia ever convict doctors who break the law? Three doctors will go on trial in Belgium this week. The verdict will be interesting.
- A small hospice in British Columbia is being forced to permit euthanasia. We pay the piper, you play our tune, is the government's response.
- IVF researchers have paid Mexican women to donate eggs (dangerous) and to have some abortions (more dangerous). Is this an example of out-sourcing ethics and exploiting people who are poor, desperate and female?
- Gestating babies in artificial wombs could help to smash the patriarchy. Are we ready for the challenge of ectogenesis?
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Some thorny bioethical issues
Michael Cook edits BioEdge, a bioethics newsletter, and MercatorNet, an on-line magazine whose focus is human dignity. He writes from Sydney, Australia.
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