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Can late stage abortions be murder ? Reproductive Technololoy

Dr. Nicola Riley is being held without bail in Utah following her arrest on December 28. 2011. She worked for Dr. Steven Brigham in New Jersey, who owns abortion clinics.   Both of them have been charged with the crime of murder for performing late-term abortions in Maryland. Their apparent modus operandi was to “start” abortions in New Jersey and complete them in Maryland where abortion laws are less stringent. Maryland has a Fetal Homicide Law that permits murder charges to be brought against people who “intend to cause the death of a viable fetus, yet specifically excludes physicians carrying out…

Informed Consent and Multifetal Reduction Liability

 Informed Consent and Multifetal Reduction by Bernard W. Freedman, Bioethicist The New York Times ran a story on October 12, 2009, addressing the issue of multiple pregnancies after In Vitro Fertilization, IVF or intrauterine insemination IUI, and hormone therapy.  This article by Stephanie Saul, “Grievous Choice on Risky Path to Parenthood,” follows the patient Amanda Stansel, who, after being told she was carrying six fetuses, decided to reject multifetal reduction and accept the risks for herself and her children. Following IVF or IUI, multiple pregnancies occur 10 times the rate as it occurs in a natural cycle. Multifetal reduction is…

A Staged Approach to Withdrawing Life Support Withdrawal/Withholding of Care

A South Korean Ethics Committee uses a staged approach to Withdrawing Life Support In follow up to this blog’s April 23, 2009 post: “Letting the Conscious But Incompetent, Non Terminally Ill, Patient Die.” A South Korean hospital used a staged approach to consider the withdrawal of artificial life support based upon the condition of the patient. On June 11, 2009 an Ethics Committee at the Yonsei University Severance Hospital in Seoul Korea decided to remove a 77-year-old woman in a vegetative state from a respirator in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling.  Severance Hospital President Park Chang-il said:     “Though we…

Genetic Bastards: The Moral Status and Human Worth of Persons Born By In-Vitro Fertilization Reproductive Technololoy

The Vatican and the 2004 President’s Council On Bioethics establishes a second class group of persons who they deem less worthy of dignity and respect. On September 8, 2008, the Vatican issued a new statement on bioethics entitled “Dignitas Personae on certain bioethical questions.”  The Vatican’s paper updates church doctrine regarding the ethics and morality of individuals and the duties and authority of physicians in using in-vitro fertilization (IVF).  The Vatican has always demanded absolute and unconditional recognition of the respect and dignity owed to all persons from the time of conception.  This does not apply to persons conceived by…