Welsh Midwife tells mother the purpose of blood test for Down Syndrome “is for terminations”

Discriminatory attitudes towards babies with Down syndrome are still rife in the medical profession. Campaigners say pregnant women were being “pushed towards terminations” By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children In news that shows how prevalent discriminatory attitudes towards babies with Down’s syndrome still are within the medical profession, a mother has spoken …

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New “game-changing” findings and recommendations offer new hope to brain-injured patients unfairly labeled “vegetative”

By Dave Andrusko In his post for the Catholic Phily, Richard Doerflinger calls new findings and recommendations from a prestigious group of medical organizations nothing short of “game-changing.” Doerflinger, who worked for 36 years in the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is referring to new guidelines from the American …

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Win for conscientious objection in Norway

Doctor vindicated By Michael Cook Norway’s Supreme Court has ruled  in favour of conscientious objection and freedom of conscience for doctors. The Court found that Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz acted within her rights when refusing to insert IUDs because of moral objections. The Court told government health authorities to respect the right to conscientious objection for …

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Controversy surrounds Canadian Medical Association’s withdrawal from world body

What is the real reason CMA withdrew? By Michael Cook As we have already reported, the Canadian Medical Association resigned suddenly and dramatically from the World Medical Association at the WMA’s annual meeting in Reykjavik. The president of the CMA, Dr Gigi Osler, explained that the incoming president of the WMA, Dr Leonid Eidelman, had …

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The lethal “ethics” of Nazi doctors

By Michael Cook German medicine under Hitler resulted in so many horrors – eugenics, human experimentation, forced sterilization, involuntary euthanasia, mass murder – that there is a temptation to say that “Nazi doctors had no ethics.” However, according to an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine by Florian Bruns and Tessa Chelouche (from Germany …

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The Nazi doctors had plenty of “ethics.” It was just the wrong kind

By Michael Cook German medicine under Hitler resulted in so many horrors – eugenics, human experimentation, forced sterilization, involuntary euthanasia, mass murder – that there is a temptation to say that “Nazi doctors had no ethics.” However, according to an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine by Florian Bruns and Tessa Chelouche (from Germany and …

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After 70 years, lessons from the Nuremberg Code

By Michael Cook On August 20, 1947, an international tribunal which investigated the crimes of 23 Nazi doctors and bureaucrats involved in concentration camp medical experiments issued its verdict. As part of its judgment (seven of the men were sentenced to death) the tribunal also set a 10-point set of rules now known as the …

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