Massachusetts woman sues over ‘lost’ embryo

By Michael Cook A Massachusetts woman who was desperate for children is suing a hospital because its fertility clinic misplaced her viable embryo for 12 years. In 2004 Marisa Cloutier-Bristol and her husband went to Women & Infants Hospital in Providence (in the neighboring state of Rhode Island) for IVF treatment. She produced four embryos …

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The right to the baby we want

By Wesley J. Smith Whenever I write about the underregulated multi-billion-dollar infertility industry, I receive anguished emails from women who can’t become pregnant, declaring that they “would do anything to have a baby.” I can certainly empathize with their sadness, but their willingness to do anything is a problem. This deep and very human yearning …

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Surrogate Mom refuses to abort, files suit challenging constitutionality of California’s surrogacy law

By Dave Andrusko A little over two weeks ago we posted on two women who have refused to abort babies they are carrying as surrogates: Melissa Cook and Brittneyrose Torres. Cook had entered in a contract in which she would be paid $33,000 to carry a baby conceived through IVF using a 50-year-old Georgia man’s …

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Couple sues for malpractice after IVF doctor aborts “strangers’ embryos” mistakenly implanted in woman

By Dave Andrusko David and Melissa Pineda have filed a malpractice suit against Dr. Rifaat Salem, alleging that he used two different techniques to abort when Dr. Salem discovered he had mistakenly implanted “strangers’ embryos” in Mrs. Pineda. “We went there to have a baby, not to kill a baby,” Mrs. Pineda said. The Pinedas …

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Scientists Want to Scavenge Aborted Fetal Ovaries

By Wesley J. Smith Scientists are keeping aborted fetal ovaries alive in order to scavenge their eggs. From the Daily Mail story: Scientists are ready to plunder the ovaries of aborted babies for eggs to use in IVF treatment. Experiments have taken the process almost to completion, it emerged yesterday. They raise the nightmare prospect …

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Scores of IVF babies terminated because of abnormalities in UK

By Michael Cook Nearly 130 IVF babies were aborted in the UK last year because an abnormality was detected before birth. According to the Daily Mail, out of 127 babies, 31 were aborted because of Down syndrome, 19 because of foetal abnormality, and 15 because of Edward syndrome. However, the government does not require a …

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Response to Daily Mail article on abortion of IVF babies for Down’s syndrome reveals frightening attitudes to disability

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note.  Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. There is an article in the Daily Mail today reporting on the incidence of abortion for Down’s syndrome in IVF pregnancies. Statistics show …

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Are IVF clinics hiding the risks of PGD from parents?

By  Michael Cook Editor’s note. This appeared at www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/10017 and is reprinted with permission. American couples who have pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) done on their embryos are almost never informed of the potential risks of the procedure, a Wellesley College biologist claims in the Journal of Medical Ethics [http://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2012/04/05/medethics-2011-100154.abstract]. Without this vital information, says Michelle …

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Parents can have a duty to use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, say bioethicists

By Michael Cook Editor’s note. This appears at www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/10016 and is reprinted with permission. When two Italian-Australian utilitarian bioethicists declared in the Journal of Medical Ethics that infanticide (or after-birth abortions) were morally permissible, they lit the fuse on a world-wide storm of condemnation. Yet another controversial utilitarian proposal has popped up in the March …

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Surprised by this from Obama Administration?

By Dave Andrusko A  show of hands. How many pro-lifers are surprised that (according to the Washington Times) “The Department of Health and Human Services ‘is not requesting funds for this program’ because ‘the Embryo Adoption program will be discontinued in FY2013.’” I thought so: none. “Embryo adoptions” refers a situation where a woman has …

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Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis is too high a price for a perfect baby

Editor’s note. This appeared earlier this week on the blog of the Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization. Last week the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) held its annual meeting in Stockholm, Sweden on 3-6 July. Not surprisingly we had a number of stories from the papers presented at that meeting filtering …

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