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Euthanasia Advocate Philip Nitschke Criticised Over Support for 45-Year-Old Who Committed Suicide

Bioethics News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:47

(ABC.net) – Australia’s leading euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke is under fire for communicating with a suicidal man, despite knowing he was not terminally ill or elderly. Perth man Nigel Brayley, 45, died in May this year after taking the euthanasia drug Nembutal, which he illegally imported. In emails obtained by the ABC, Mr Brayley admitted to Dr Nitschke he was not “supporting a terminal medical illness”, but said he was “suffering”.

Legalise Assisted Suicide Because ‘Choice’ the Most Important Principle in Medicine – Says BMJ

Bioethics News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:41

(The Telegraph) – Assisted dying should be legalised because respecting “choice” is now more important than preserving life, the influential British Medical Journal argues today. Breaking ranks with the medical establishment, it has issued an outspoken editorial backing a bill tabled by the former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer which would open the way for a form of assisted suicide in the UK. It argues that “respect for autonomy” – rather than the ideas of the Hippocratic Oath – is now the “cardinal principle” in medical ethics amid a “patient revolution”.

We’re Already Designing Babies

Bioethics News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:37

(The Atlantic) – We don’t know yet what the risks and benefits of mitochondrial replacement will be. But in a way, we’re already designing babies, and medical technology will only allow us to do it to an increasing degree of precision. As the lawyer Nita Farahany put it during a recent panel during the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is organized jointly by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, there are now countless ways that parents are crafting their ideal children, either through natural selection or biotech.

Cambodian Police Arrest Two Suspects for Human Organ Trafficking

Bioethics News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:35

(Xinhua News) – Cambodian police has arrested two suspects for trafficking at least five Cambodians to donate kidneys in Thailand after a month-long investigation, a senior police officer said Wednesday. Yem Asisal, 29, and her stepfather Nhem Phally, 45, were apprehended late Tuesday at their house in Phnom Penh following complaints filed by five male-victims, said Keo Thea, chief of Phnom Penh Municipal Anti-Human Trafficking Police.

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