» Reproductive Medicine Where the World Finds Bioethics Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:10:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cardiff University thyroid IQ theory ‘could help children’ Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:38:00 +0000 0 My Neighborhood Makes It Easier to Get Pregnant Than To Go To College Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:43:01 +0000 0 The importance of assisted reproductive technologies for women in “developing” countries Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:03:03 +0000 0 Free Birth Control Not Associated With Risky Sexual Behavior Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:38:54 +0000 0 Planned Parenthood, Tucson gynecologist, fighting tighter regulations on abortion drugs Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:04:39 +0000 0 Tampering With Evolution? “Three Parent Embryos” Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:14:02 +0000 by Maurice Bernstein, MD

Babies are born with  a progressive neurometabolic disorder with a general onset in infancy or childhood, often after a viral infection, but can also occur in teens and adults.  The disease is seen on MRI as dead or dying tissue within the brain and though the child appears normal at birth,  in a few months to two years of age, though earlier or later,  there is loss of basic skills and finally the child may have  heart, kidney, vision and breathing complications. …

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The Market For DNA-Sequencing-Based Down’s Syndrome Tests Could Exceed $6 Billion Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:57:03 +0000 0 Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:46:32 +0000 0 Intersextion: Germany Allows Parents to Choose “No Sex” on Birth Certificate Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:48:23 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In Jeffrey Eugenides Pulitzer-Prize winning novel Middlesex, readers are introduced to a protagonist, Cal Stephanides, who is male with female traits. This best seller helped to bring into the mainstream consciousness the notion of people who are born intersex—having characteristics of male and female sex organs. Or more generally, a person born with sex organs that fall outside what is considered the male or female norm. For example, a girl with a very large clitoris, or a boy with a very small penis or scrotum that looks more like labia.…

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FDA weighs risks of 3-person embryo fertilization Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:39:57 +0000 0 Who Causes Fetal Harm and Who Is Blamed? Mon, 24 Feb 2014 03:02:05 +0000 0 Unusual Iowa abortion rule has surprising result Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:40:29 +0000 0 Teen Pregnancy Rates Much Higher for Girls With Serious Mental Illness: Study Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:44:47 +0000 0 To Catch a Killer Gene: Sisters Race to Stop Mystery Disease Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:31:52 +0000 0 Ethics Questions Arise as Genetic Testing of Embryos Increases Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:37:11 +0000 0 Breastfeeding Is Now Required By Law In The United Arab Emirates Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:25:35 +0000 0 Seeing ultrasound rarely changes abortion plans: study Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:24:27 +0000 0 Thank The Pill For Abortion Rate Drop Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:49:45 +0000 0 ‘Miscarriage Management’: The Next Front in the Abortion Wars Sat, 01 Feb 2014 19:53:21 +0000 0 Sex, pregnancy poorly understood by women Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:46:49 +0000 0 Brain-dead pregnant woman to be laid to rest after being removed from life support Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:45:10 +0000 0 What’s at issue in Texas battle over brain-dead pregnant woman Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:02:31 +0000 0 Building the Better Baby Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:03:17 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the 1997 film GATTACA, a couple anxious to have a child sit down with their doctor. He shows them the very best embryos that were produced from combining their gametes. The physician explains that he will help them to have a child who is the very best of themselves by choosing the best embryos and tweaking the DNA.  In 2014, BGI, a Chinese company, is hoping that it will soon be able to offer parents a similar option—choosing the “smartest” embryo.…

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Wombmates in Wisconsin Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:58:21 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Women of Wisconsin better make some room as they are about to have some visitors: Their  in-laws may come to spend time in their uterus. Wisconsin bill SB201 (companion to AB217) allows a mother, father or grandparent to seek compensatory damages from the person who performed an abortion. The relatives may also seek money for emotional and psychological harm. If the damages are awarded, the provider would pay further damages of $10,000 and attorney fees. If injunctive relief is sought, then the court may prevent the physician from performing abortions in the future.…

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Three Biological Parents and a Baby Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:01:57 +0000 0 $50M awarded over birth defect; test said baby would be OK Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:03:16 +0000 0 When Religion Trumps Medicine Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:38:19 +0000 by Arthur L. Caplan, PhD

Imagine that you were in a terrible car accident and suffered a huge loss of blood. An ambulance comes and takes you, dazed and in pain, to the only hospital within a hundred mile area of the accident. That hospital happens to be affiliated with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Everything at the hospital is state of the art. The doctors and nurses are all well trained. There is only one hitch in terms of your medical care.…

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Exercise During Pregnancy Can Boost Your Baby’s Brain Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:47:24 +0000 0 Gender Eugenics? The Ethics of PGD for Intersex Conditions Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:32:18 +0000 0 Critically Appraising Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis to Prevent Disorders of Sexual Development: An Opportunity Missed Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:11:22 +0000 0 Long-frozen embryo brings joy to adoptive parents Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:08:06 +0000 0 Baby boy is the first to result from new embryo screening technique Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:48:06 +0000 0 Fetus in womb learns language cues before birth, study finds Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:07:09 +0000 0 As Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome Increases, So Do Concerns About Counseling Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:05:24 +0000 0 HPV vaccine effective but grossly underutilized Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:19:54 +0000 0 Uncovering the Truth Behind a Twisted Anti-Abortion Tale Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:40:15 +0000 0 RAPE AND ABORTION: NEGATING A MYTH Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:42:17 +0000 Sabine Hildebrandt, MD
William Seidelman, MD
Arthur Caplan, PhD

A recurring assertion in the ongoing debate on abortion in the United States is the statement that pregnancy is an uncommon consequence of rape. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., has recently argued on the floor of the House of Representatives that an exception for rape wasn’t necessary in a proposed law banning abortions after 20 weeks because “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

Why do so many Americans believe this claim?…

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Too Few Girls Getting HPV Vaccine: CDC Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:50:57 +0000 0 Sterilization Abuse in State Prisons: Time to Break With California’s Long Eugenic Patterns Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:39:00 +0000 0 Echoes of eugenics Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:17:06 +0000 0 Ethicists Find UK Ban On Embryo Sex Selection ‘Unjustifiable’ Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:10:28 +0000 0 FDA Approves Morning After Pill Over-The-Counter Sales After Court Order Fri, 21 Jun 2013 20:33:24 +0000 0 Why Don’t We Talk More About the Hard Stuff Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:12:23 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This blog is one I have been thinking about writing for a while, but feared to do so out of concern of social stigma and reprisals. In short, I have wanted to write about abortion laws in the United States, one of the most controversial topics in our society.

According to Planned Parenthood (even using this organization’s statistics is controversial since there are strong political feelings about the group), in the first three months of 2013, over 694 legal provisions have been considered on national and state levels to restrict abortion.…

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HPV vaccine reduces cancer virus in girls by 56% Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:05:53 +0000 0 Pregnant Workers Face Routine Discrimination, Report Says Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:05:02 +0000 0 U.S. Drops Bid to Limit Sales of Morning-After Pill Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:14:32 +0000 0 America’s teen birthrate takes another dive Thu, 23 May 2013 21:57:28 +0000 0 Judge refuses to delay ruling on Plan B Fri, 10 May 2013 17:48:55 +0000 0 Magical NC Bill Builds Obstacles to Teen Health Thu, 09 May 2013 20:40:13 +0000 Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

If you’re a teen in North Carolina, a new bill before the legislature may make it more difficult for you to get sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, mental health counseling, pregnancy care or even substance abuse treatment. To receive any of those, a teen would need written, notarized parental consent. A parent could not simply give permission on the phone, via a note, or even by signing a consent form. No, the parent has to use a notary to give permission.…

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“Donor Dad” or “Gene”? The Language of False Hopes and False Expectations Mon, 06 May 2013 17:57:19 +0000 Nanette Elster, JD, MPH

With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, I can’t help but reflect upon my own journey to motherhood, which began as a solo endeavor with an anonymous sperm donor due to an infertility diagnosis at 30.  This time of year always makes me a bit reflective about what titles like mom and dad, mother and father actually mean.  I often hear about “biological dads,” “real father,” etc., and this makes my head spin. Even the trailer for the 2010 movie The Kids are All Right highlighted the terms “biological dad” and “donor dad”. …

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