» Reproductive Medicine Where the World Finds Bioethics Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:33:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pregnancy doesn’t drive women doctors out of surgical training Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:23:15 +0000 0 China approves DNA-sequencing devices to detect genetic defects in unborn babies Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:39:23 +0000 0 The Brave New World of Three-Parent I.V.F. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:03:21 +0000 0 Therapeutic, Prophylactic, Untoward, and Contraceptive Effects of Combined Oral Contraceptives: Catholic Teaching, Natural Law, and the Principle of Double Effect When Deciding to Prescribe and Use Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:56:18 +0000 0 U.S. Democrats aim to turn contraception into campaign drive Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:15:24 +0000 0 Doctors Are Examining Your Genitals for No Reason Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:35:38 +0000 0 Insurance Coverage for Oncofertility: Concerns about Socioeconomic Disparities Mon, 16 Jun 2014 03:06:50 +0000 0 Placentas: Food for Thought. Thu, 29 May 2014 01:05:23 +0000 0 Frozen Embryos: A Modern Fairy Tale Fri, 23 May 2014 00:41:21 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Girl meets boy. Girl and boy fall in love (or at least into like and lust). Girl receives cancer diagnosis. Girl and boy make some frozen embryos. Girl goes into remission. Girl and boy break up via text message. Girl wants to gestate the embryos. Boy does not want to be a father.

The above story is the series of events that led to a courtroom in Illinois earlier this month. Dr. Karla Dunston is the woman who as a result of her cancer treatment cannot have a child other than with the frozen embryos.…

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High cholesterol levels may make it harder to get pregnant Wed, 21 May 2014 19:10:40 +0000 0 Transnational Gestational Surrogacy: Does It Have to Be Exploitative? Tue, 13 May 2014 18:03:08 +0000 0 “Drastic, unnecessary and irreversible medical interventions” imposed upon some female athletes Fri, 02 May 2014 19:29:51 +0000 0 Criminalizing harmful substance abuse during pregnancy: Is there a problem with that? Thu, 01 May 2014 17:11:14 +0000 0 Understanding Abortion Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:04:24 +0000 0 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