Tag: Beginning of Life Matters and Reproductive Technologies

Blog Posts (7)

July 1, 2014

Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations

[The New York Times]  The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. It was, a dissent said, “a decision of startling breadth.” The 5-to-4 ruling, which applied to two companies owned by Christian families, opened the door […]
May 19, 2014

NI women not entitled to free NHS abortions in England says High Court

[BBC News] The case was brought by a 17-year-old girl and her mother who live in Northern Ireland. Unlike the rest of the UK, abortion is only allowed in very restricted circumstances in Northern Ireland. More than 1,000 women each year travel from NI to have an abortion in other parts of the UK. Those who […]
May 13, 2014

Minnesota to resume storing newborn blood samples

[Nature] Minnesota will once again allow blood spots to be kept and used for further research following routine newborn screening of genetic and congenital diseases, thanks to a bill signed into law by the state’s governor, Mark Dayton, this week. But privacy advocates opposing the law say that they will keep fighting to prevent newborns’ […]
May 12, 2014

Are we ready for a prenatal screening test for autism?

[The Guardian] Autism was formally described for the first time 71 years ago. The medical notes for “Case one”, a 10-year-old from Mississippi, US, referred to as Donald T, describe a perplexing condition that was different from “anything reported so far”. In 1943, when Donald Triplett was diagnosed, autism was considered extremely rare and treatment […]
April 30, 2014

Group Makes Stem Cells Using Clone Technique

[NBC News]  Researchers say they have made powerful stem cells from both young and old adults using cloning techniques, and also found clues about why it is so difficult to do this with human beings. The team, at Massachusetts-based Advanced Cell Technology and the Institute for Stem Cell Research in Los Angeles, say they used […]
April 20, 2014

Italian court overturns divisive ban on donor eggs, sperm

[Reuters] Italy’s constitutional court overturned a ban on using donor sperm and eggs in fertility treatments on Wednesday, knocking down part of a divisive set of restrictions on assisted reproduction. The court said in a statement the ban breached the constitution, without going into further detail, and lawyers in the case said the ruling was effective […]
April 18, 2014

Surge in Narcotic Prescriptions for Pregnant Women

[New York Times] Doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers to pregnant women in astonishing numbers, new research shows, even though risks to the developing fetus are largely unknown.Of 1.1 million pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid nationally, nearly 23 percent filled an opioid prescription in 2007, up from 18.5 percent in 2000, according to a study published last […]