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03/25/2017 - 11:05pm
In coming decades, better birth control like long-acting IUDs and implants may make elective abortion virtually obsolete. But for now, unsought pregnancy is still painfully common; over a million American women have an abortion each year.
03/25/2017 - 8:28am
Here is a new review of "The Last Moments" - a virtual reality assisted suicide film that simulates what a person’s experience might be like at the Swiss clinic Dignitas.
03/25/2017 - 11:05pm
World Record Electric Helicopter 30 Minute Flight 16Feb17 from martine Rothblatt on Vimeo.
03/25/2017 - 11:05pm

Le 31 janvier 2017, l’Association Française Transhumaniste était invitée à une table ronde au Forum Européen de Bioéthique sur le thème : « Le transhumanisme, une nouvelle forme d’humanisme ? »

03/25/2017 - 11:05pm
Many countries have constitutions that protect individual rights. Strong form judicial review (hereinafter ‘strong JR’) is the practice whereby courts, usually the ‘supreme’ court in a given jurisdiction, have the final power to strike down legislation that they perceive to be in conflict with constitutionally protected rights. The United States and Ireland are two jurisdictions in which strong JR prevails; the UK and New Zealand are two jurisdictions where it does not. In the US, judicial review was not enshrined in the original text of the constitution, but it was endorsed in the famous case of Marbury v Madison; in Ireland, the practice was explicitly enshrined in the text of the 1937 Constitution.
03/25/2017 - 11:05pm

Join us on Facebook Live for a discussion with NYIT Professor Kevin LaGrandeur as he argues that the real threat to American jobs isn’t flesh-and-blood foreign workers. It’s robots and computers.

03/24/2017 - 2:33pm

In the absence of any “paper trail” that would give clues to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s views on abortion, many commentators have turned to his book, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, based on his doctoral dissertation at Oxford, where he worked with natural law theorist John Finnis.  Ronald M. Green notes with … Continue reading Neil Gorsuch, Aid in Dying, and Roe v. Wade

03/24/2017 - 12:11pm

by Nicole Martinez-Martin

Kong and colleagues raise substantive areas of ethical concern regarding the translation of psychiatric genetic research into clinical and public health contexts. They recognize that psychiatric genomic research itself does not support essentialist claims, but point out that, nonetheless, the translation of genetic research to these new contexts may reinforce essentialist views of mental illness. Underlying Kong and colleagues’ analysis is recognition of the ways in which certain epistemological orientations, embedded within culture and institutional practices, may shape the translation of genetic research.…

03/24/2017 - 10:21am

Amidst lots of dark and tragic stories, a bright ray on the BBC website this week: Kathleen Humberstone, a 17 year-old English girl with Down syndrome, addressed the UN in Geneva to mark World Down Syndrome Day. Rather than reading anything I have to say, a far better use of your time would be to read what Ms. Humberstone said. You can find the full text here; if you scroll down... // Read More »

03/24/2017 - 9:49am

Julian Savulescu writes, "Scientists in the United States are creating so-called “human-pig chimeras” which will be capable of growing the much-needed organs. These chimeras are animals that combine human and pig characteristics. They are like mules that will provide organs that can be transplanted into humans."