Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Tue 17 April

Eugenics was the theme of the 1997 film Gattaca
Top stories:

Morning-after pill to be delivered by courier in London
A London medical practice is to deliver morning-after pills by courier. Women wanting the pills will fill out an online form, to be assessed by a doctor, and the pills will be delivered within two hours. Norman Wells of the Family Education Trust condemned the plan, saying: “[Y]oung people have been lulled into a false sense of security ... and become exposed to an increased risk of sexually transmitted infections” by easy access to morning-after pills. [Evening Standard, 16 April]

Parents can have a duty to use IVF, say bioethicists
Two American bioethicists have argued that some parents have a moral obligation to use IVF and embryo testing to create only disease-free children. In a piece in The American Journal of Bioethics, Janet Malek of East Carolina University and Judith F. Daar of Whittier Law School in California, support "a duty on IVF-reproducing parents to maximize the well-being of their future offspring by all reasonable means". [BioEdge, 13 April] Anthony Ozimic of SPUC said: "This is just the latest version of the age-old barbarism of eugenics, stretching from the exposing of disabled infants in ancient Greece to the Nazi euthanasia programme. We must not be weak in condeming it simply because it appears in an academic journal."

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