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04/24/2017

Surrogacy Now Legal in DC

As of April 7th, surrogacy is now legal in the District of Columbia.  B21-0016, the Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2015, allows surrogacy agreements to be made and enforced.  Previously, surrogacy contracts of any kind (commercial or not) were illegal, and contracting parties could be imprisoned and fined.[1]  The new law permits both gestational and traditional surrogacy.[2] DC joins 46 states in permitting surrogacy contracts.... // Read More »

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04/10/2017

Texas ‘Wrongful Birth’ Legislation

On March 21st, the Texas Senate passed SB 25, which eliminates “wrongful birth” as a cause of action for malpractice suits.  The text of the bill states, “A cause of action may not arise, and damages may not be awarded, on behalf of any person, based on the claim that but for the act or omission of another, a person would not have been permitted... // Read More »

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03/27/2017

Euthanasia & Organ Donation in Canada

National Post reports that since Canada decriminalized euthanasia in June 2016, 26 of the 338 patients who have died by lethal injection in Ontario chose to donate tissue or organs.  Lethal injection, which causes cardiac death in two or three minutes, allows organs to be removed much more quickly than after natural death, which results in better organs for transplants.  Organ retrieval after euthanasia is... // Read More »

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03/13/2017

Perspectives on Responding to Addiction

Christopher Caldwell has an essay in the April issue of First Things titled “American Carnage: The New Landscape of Opioid Addiction.” In this piece, Caldwell traces the history of opiate and opioid use and abuse in the United States and describes the shocking scope of the addiction crisis in America today. He then criticizes the societal shift in thinking about addiction from a moral to... // Read More »

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02/27/2017

Googling PAS

While researching physician assisted suicide legislation this past week, I noticed something odd when I Googled the topic. After I typed “physician assisted” into Google, the search engine’s autocomplete function suggested searches related to “physician assisted death.” I then started to type out “physician assisted suicide,” but as soon as I typed the “s,” all suggestions disappeared. Out of curiosity, I visited Google Trends to... // Read More »

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02/27/2017

Googling PAS

While researching physician assisted suicide legislation this past week, I noticed something odd when I Googled the topic. After I typed “physician assisted” into Google, the search engine’s autocomplete function suggested searches related to “physician assisted death.” I then started to type out “physician assisted suicide,” but as soon as I typed the “s,” all suggestions disappeared. Out of curiosity, I visited Google Trends to... // Read More »

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02/13/2017

New Opioid Legislation in New Jersey

On February 6th, New Jersey passed a law which “[r]equires prescribers to discuss addiction risk associated with certain drugs prior to issuing prescription to minor patient.”[1] New Jersey’s drug overdose rate is twice the national rate, and Governor Chris Christie has officially categorized opioid abuse as a public health crisis, issuing an executive order on January 17th with measures to combat the increasing rates of... // Read More »

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