Why the outrage? Are abortion and infanticide morally and ethically equivalent?

INFANTICIDE CONTROVERSY by Margaret Somerville March 5, 2012  MercatorNet.com Philosophers Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva’s recent article in the BMJ’s Journal of Medical Ethics has been widely reported around the world, eliciting outraged responses. The authors asked, “Why, when the mother or parents find a newborn baby a burden, should that baby live, …read more|en savoir plus

Positive genetic test no reason to abort

by Dee-Ann Schwanke St. Albert Gazette Feb 29, 2012 TIME magazine’s February 27 edition features an article on the increased availability of early term prenatal testing and its potential correlation with the abortion of babies with Down syndrome. Of particular interest in the article is a survey indicating that only four per cent of …read more|en savoir plus

The case against designer babies

Manipulating the evolutionary function of childbirth raises the spectre of genetic engineering By Shelley Fralic, Vancouver Sun September 23, 2011 We drive instead of walk. We prefer fast food over slow cook. We LOL on Facebook instead of laughing out loud, face to face. We dump instead of recycle. We learn online instead of …read more|en savoir plus

Embryo testing stokes designer baby concerns

Screening pioneer considering opening labs in Toronto, Montreal By Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News September 19, 2011 The era of designer babies may be closer than most people think, one of Canada’s leading figures in reproductive medicine is warning. New techniques that test each and every chromosome in human embryos for abnormalities, and screen for …read more|en savoir plus

A world without Down syndrome?

A new crop of simple tests can screen fetuses for genetic disorders, raising the possibility that Down syndrome could be eliminated. But that’s a prospect many don’t want to consider. By Lisa M. Krieger and San Jose, Mercury News September 18, 2011 Soon a simple blood test will be able to tell newly …read more|en savoir plus

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The flawed quest for perfection

“Technology can eliminate many human imperfections, but we risk losing that messy quality that is the essence of our humanness”

By Margaret Somerville, Citizen Special August 7, 2009

When I went to school, all children wore school uniforms that included a sweater. It was navy blue with two narrow stripes — one red, the other gold — in a band that encircled the V-shaped neckline. Most of us had working-class parents and most wore sweaters hand-knitted by their mothers. Mine had been made by my aunt. …read more|en savoir plus