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  • Notre Dame Bioethicist Foresees Manufactured Sperm and Eggs--Soon

    03/26/2015 1:46:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 26, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    ROME — It won't be long before two women can have a baby of their own, with no biological contribution from a man at all. So says Carter Snead, director of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. Snead, who once served as general counsel to the President's Council of Bioethics under George W. Bush, said that at the current rate of developments in reproductive technology, sperm and eggs may soon be created from human skin cells. But it doesn’t have to be this way, says Snead, who together with the Center is trying to re-inject...
  • Get Ready for Embryos From Two Men or Two Women

    03/19/2015 2:32:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Time ^ | March 18, 2015 | Dr. Guy Ringler
    Genetic research is advancing to the day when gay couples could fulfill their dreams of having children related to them both. I’ve helped many same-sex couples over the years have children of their own through assisted reproductive procedures. Egg donation and surrogacy allow two gay men to have children genetically related to one partner and the egg donor, but not to both. It’s the same dynamic for lesbians and sperm donors. I’ve been asked many times by countless same-sex couples over the years: “can we make a baby that’s a combination of both of us?”
  • The case for free tampons

    08/16/2014 1:58:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 11, 2014 | Jessica Valenti
    The cost of a product that half the world’s population needs multiple times a day, every month for approximately 30 years, is simply too much.When I got my first period, I was in the most embarrassing place my then-11-year-old self could have imagined: my grandparents’ house. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I just put on extra pairs of underwear and threw them away one-by-one, scrunched at the bottom of the bathroom trash bin, as I bled through them. Finally, with nary a pair of panties in sight, I was forced to tell my mother. I have never been...
  • General Assembly weighing regulation of surrogacy’s ‘Wild West’

    03/26/2014 8:40:10 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 1 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/26/14 | Maria Wiering
    Parent and child rights, abortion, and baby-selling are among issues coloring the debate among Maryland legislators over a gestational surrogacy bill passed by the Senate March 20 and awaiting action by the House Rules Committee. The Maryland Catholic Conference supports the Maryland Collaborative Reproduction Act (S.B. 208) as amended, in order to protect the parties involved – intended parents, surrogate mothers and the children surrogacy arrangements produce. As the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops, the MCC does not support surrogacy, and in past years has simply opposed similar legislation. “We would prefer a ban,” said Andrea Garvey,...
  • “Reprotech” Ushers in a New Eugenic Age

    01/15/2014 8:03:00 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 15, 2014 | Mark D. Oshinskie
    Following the devaluation of babies in the developed world in the 1970s and 80s, babies became scarce and, consequently, desirable once again. Now, any means used to make babies is seen as good, as long as pregnancy occurs at a convenient time.Some cannot conceive naturally. The prevailing view is that those who cannot do so should have free access to such reproductive technologies as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or the purchase of gametes, i.e., sperm and eggs. Yet, many do not know what occurs in IVF labs and others do not care, as long as offspring result. The zeitgeist...
  • PIV is always rape, ok?

    01/04/2014 3:58:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 131 replies
    Just to recall a basic fact: Intercourse/PIV is always rape, plain and simple. This is a developed recap from what I’ve been saying in various comments here and there in the last two years or so. as a radfem I’ve always said PIV is rape and I remember being disappointed to discover that so few radical feminists stated it clearly. How can you possibly see it otherwise? Intercourse is the very means through which men oppress us, from which we are not allowed to escape, yet some instances of or PIV and intercourse may be chosen and free? That makes...
  • Engineering Bigotry?

    09/24/2013 6:29:21 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Inside Higher Education | September 24, 2013 | Scott Jaschik
    No excerpt from IHE allowed, story here. To summarize, an engineering education magazine publishes a letter by a professor critical of homosexuality, and many are appalled.
  • Why I Froze My Eggs [Heinlein Fans, Remember "Podkayne of Mars"?]

    05/04/2013 5:23:26 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/04/2013 | SARAH ELIZABETH RICHARDS
    Between the ages of 36 and 38, I spent nearly $50,000 to freeze 70 eggs in the hope that they would help me have a family in my mid-40s, when my natural fertility is gone. For this baby insurance, I obliterated my savings and used up the money my parents had set aside for a wedding. It was the best investment I ever made. In RAH's 1963 Novel "Podkayne of Mars", the common ability of a woman to "Freeze" embryos in order to delay childbirth is the starting plot generator.
  • Mother forces 14-year-old to conceive via donor sperm

    04/29/2013 7:06:02 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 14 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 30, 2013 | The Times of India
    LONDON: A woman desperate for another child forced her 14-year-old daughter to get pregnant using syringes of donor sperm, a British judge said. In a ruling reported for the first time on Monday, high court judge Peter Jackson said the mother had behaved in "a wicked and selfish way" that almost defied belief. The judge said the woman, an American divorcee living in Britain with three adopted children, hatched the plan after she was prevented from adopting a fourth. The scheme involved getting her oldest daughter to inseminate herself with syringes of sperm purchased over the internet from a Denmark-based...
  • Women’s expectations of the opposite sex are at least as unrealistic as men’s

    04/12/2013 3:42:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Economist ^ | April 13, 2013 (Back to the future!) | The Economist
    MEN have long wondered what exactly it is that women want. Some pore over men’s magazines, with their promises of “washboard abs”, for guidance. The more scientifically minded look for experimental data. The latest evidence comes from a group of researchers led by Brian Mautz, then of Australian National University. They gathered 105 heterosexual Australian women and showed them a series of digitally generated pictures of men in which three bodily characteristics were varied—height, shoulder-to-waist ratio and flaccid penis size. The women were asked to rate the men as sexual partners.In an article just published in the Proceedings of the...
  • Huffington Post seeks people who have had sex with aliens (15 have responded)

    03/22/2013 3:38:32 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies ^ | 3/21/13 | Jim Romenesko
    Query: HuffPost journalist is doing a story about the concept of sex with aliens. Would like to speak with people who’ve had sex with aliens, UFO experts, biological experts who can discuss the potential problems of mating with a foreign species, psychological experts who have studied the phenomenon.
  • Abortion Effect: U.S. Seeing Slowest Population Growth Since 1930

    01/01/2013 5:05:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies ^ | December 31, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    After almost 40 years of legalized abortions throughout the United States — and longer in states that okayed abortions pre-Roe — the U.S. population has been decimated to the point that the nation is seeing the lowest population growth since the 1930s.Abortion has destroyed not only one generation of Americans but a second as well — people who should be boosting the fertility rate in their childbearing years now who were victims of abortions in the 1970s and 1980s. In total, more than 55 million Americans are been victimized by abortions and millions more were never born because their parents...
  • The new sexual predators

    10/18/2012 4:14:34 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 17, 2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Value depends on scarcity. In the world of human reproduction, the most valuable entity is the fertile female—specifically, her eggs and womb. The fierce politics surrounding female fecundity and women’s reproductive rights rests not only on a woman’s ability to create new life, but also on the incredible amount of commitment and risk involved when her eggs and womb are accessed for procreation. Since women are fertile for a shorter period than men, since gestation takes 40 long weeks, and since labor and delivery pose life-threatening risks, young women will always face disproportionately high demands for access to their bodies....
  • Obama HHS Mandate Could Sterilize Teen Girls Without Parental Consent

    09/21/2012 12:50:18 PM PDT · by drewh · 10 replies
    Life ^ | 9/21/12 11:39 AM | by John Stonestreet
    CNS News broke the story late last month: At a recent press conference held to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., “Obamacare”), a reporter asked former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a critical question: “One of the services that health care plans have to offer free of charge [under the HHS mandate] are sterilizations… do you agree with the federal government mandating—” At this point, Congresswoman Pelosi cut the reporter off and responded, “You know what, I told you before, let’s go to church and talk about our religion. Right here we’re talking about public policy as it...
  • Pregnancy From Sperm Frozen 40 Years Ago Highlights Problems With IVF (with a twist)

    09/03/2012 3:33:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Life News ^ | September 3, 2012 | Wesley J. Smith
    Good grief: A sperm bank is bragging that it set the record of having children born with 40 year-old sperm. From the press release, headlined “World Record Shattered:” Late in August, twin girls were born to a couple who used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to achieve pregnancy. On the surface, this may look like just another of the increasingly common success stories for the IVF industry. But this story has its own unique twist that makes it different from every other IVF pregnancy—the sperm used to fertilize the egg was frozen over 40 years ago, shattering the existing record of...
  • Gay Couples Challenge North Carolina Law

    07/17/2012 4:40:54 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 17 2012 | Susan Donaldson James
    For nearly seven years, Dale Liuzza raised his son as the caregiving parent in a gay relationship. The boy was conceived through a surrogate, a donor egg and a mixture of sperm from both his dads. "We didn't know or care about the biology," said Liuzza, 31, and a behavioral therapist who works with autistic children in New Orleans. "I pretty much raised him. As far as I was concerned, I carried him." But when the men's relationship fell apart, his partner determined he was the biological father and took the boy out of state to Texas and eventually to...
  • Lab-grown human egg cells could be fertilised

    04/07/2012 4:35:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 80 replies
    Metro ^ | April 7, 2012
    Human egg cells which have been grown in a lab could be fertilised in a landmark experiment that would completely rewrite the rules of reproduction. Scientists want to secure permission to fertilise the eggs, which have been produced from stem cells, to see whether reproduction this way is possible. Scientists are seeking permission to fertilise lab-grown human eggs Researchers are working towards generating an infinite supply of human eggs which could allow older and infertile women to become mothers, the Independent newspaper reports.Furthermore, some scientists have gone as far as to say the tests could uncover an ‘elixir of youth’...
  • Anything Goes (Reproductive medicine grows ever more disturbing)

    02/16/2012 2:50:51 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 16, 2012 | Chuck Weber, Sister Renée Mirkes
    An embryologist removes frozen embryos from a storage tank at the Smotrich IVF Clinic in La Jolla, Calif., in this 2007 photo. (CNS photo/Sandy Huffaker) In 1978, when doctors introduced Louise Brown, the first “test tube” or in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby, to the world, the international media hailed the event as something just short of the definitive answer to infertility. In Time magazine, Dr. Robert Edwards—one of the brains behind Baby Louise’s birth and the acknowledged godfather of the assisted reproductive technology (ART) industry it spawned—boasted: “This is the first time we’ve solved all the problems at once....
  • Man uses CAT scanner to copy Stradivarius

    11/30/2011 8:48:15 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Hardware ^ | 11-30-11 | Caleb Cox
    CAD, CNC kit used to knock out wood Attempts to recreate the renowned Stradivarius violin continued this week with boffins proposing an all-new approach using CAT scans and CAD software. After studying the anatomy of several instruments using a computerised axial tomography (CAT) scanner, Mora, Minnesota-based radiologist Steven Sirr managed to get hold of a Stradivarius, borrowed from the US Library of Congress, to scan. Along with two instrument makers, Sirr set about creating replicas of Antonio Stradivari's highly-sought violins. More than 1000 CAT scans were taken of the instrument, all of which were analysed and converted into 3D computer-aided...
  • Interethnic marriage between African and Native Americans produced many children

    11/30/2011 8:11:58 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 9 replies
    Human Ecology ^ | 11-30-11 | Logan, MH
    Study investigates why Indians with African ancestry were more fertile American Indians with African ancestry outdid 'full bloods' in reproductive terms in the early 1900s, despite the odds being against them, according to a new study by Michael Logan from the University of Tennessee in the US. Their increased fertility occurred at a time when things were not going particularly well for full bloods either - in social, economic and health terms. The work is published online in Springer's journal, Human Ecology. One of the major characteristics of the demographic history of American Indians is interethnic marriage. While the majority...
  • Pro Creators: Sperm Donors Are Dads to Dozens

    06/20/2011 2:46:34 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 46 replies
    Fox News & New York Post ^ | June 19, 2011 | unkonwn
    When he was a cash-strapped college student 20 years ago, Todd Whitehurst didn't think too deeply on the consequences of donating sperm. Then, when he was 41, he got an e-mail from a girl named Virginia. "She said, basically, 'I'm 14, and I think I'm your daughter,' " explained Whitehurst, now a 45-year-old medical engineer. Shortly after, he found a son, Tyler, now 14. And another, Gavin, now 16. That led to another child, and another, and yet another. "It was definitely overwhelming," Whitehurst said. "I'm not even sure how many children there are." So far he has found nine...
  • CHINA'S MOST AUDACIOUS RIP-OFF: An Entire Austrian Town Is Being Reproduced

    06/17/2011 8:35:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/17/2011 | Robert Johnson
    The 946 people in the Austrian town of Hallstatt are up in arms at Chinese efforts to replicate their entire village in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. According to der Spiegel, the Chinese government is so enamored of the UNESCO World Heritage site that it has begun a project to build its own brick-by-brick version of the town. The mayor of Hallstatt, Alex Scheutz, found out about the project when he was approached by Chinese architects eager to arrange a partnership between the two villages. "The people are not very impressed with what's happened behind their back," he told...
  • Can Japan Rise Again?

    03/15/2011 5:24:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | March 15, 2011 | Pat Buchanan
    We can thank Providence that the earthquake was not 150 miles closer to Tokyo, else Japan's dead might number in the millions. Prime Minister Naoto Kan calls it the worst crisis since World War II. Yet, horrendous as it is, it does not, thus far, compare with that. For the earthquake dead are not 1 percent of those who perished in World War II. Between 1942 and 1945, Japan was stripped naked of an empire that embraced Formosa, Korea, Manchuria, the entire China coast, all of French Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia), Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia),...
  • Media Mogul Urges Stringent Birth Control

    12/13/2010 9:15:49 AM PST · by John Semmens · 22 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 11 December 2010 | John Semmens
    Media billionaire Ted Turner urged world leaders to impose a sort of “cap-and-trade” system for live births in order to reduce the global population. Under the Turner plan, each person would be entitled to participate in procreating one child. This right could be sold or used. “There are just too damn many people,” Turner complained. “Everywhere I go there are crowds of people. A person can’t get any solitude or privacy anymore. We can’t go on like this. We’ve got to put a lid on this thing before it’s too late.” Turner argued that making the procreative right transferable “would...
  • Catholic priest urges European Christians to fight off Islam by having babies

    09/09/2010 5:53:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | September 8, 2010 | Meena Hartenstein
    A prominent Catholic priest wants European Christians to fight off Islam with a unique weapon: babies.Father Piero Gheddo, an Italian missionary priest, said Wednesday he believes a declining birth rate among Europeans combined with a rising tide of Muslim immigrants could mean that Islam will soon dominate Europe."Certainly from a demographic point of view, as it is clear to everyone that Italians are decreasing by 120,000 or 130,000 persons a year because of abortion and broken families; while among the more than 200,000 legal immigrants a year in Italy, more than half are Muslims and Muslim families, which have a...
  • A first for the first

    08/06/2010 3:19:24 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 6 August, 2010 | The Boston Globe
    She was the most famous baby in America after her birth in 1981 following in vitro fertilization. Yesterday, Elizabeth Comeau gave birth to a baby of her own. She shares her story. People have followed my life all my life. I mean, ALL my life. PBS cameras taped my birth, and I attended my first press conference at 3 days old — I yawned through the entire thing. My baby face appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and stories appeared in many newspapers worldwide, including The Boston Globe, where I now work on its website. I don’t have a...
  • Brave New World: Sex for Babies Obsolete in Ten Years, Boast Researchers

    05/18/2010 3:28:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies · 877+ views
    Life Site News ^ | May 18, 2010 | Peter J. Smith
    LONDON, May 18, 2010 ( – Researchers are bragging that within the next ten years, in vitro fertilization (IVF) technology will have advanced so far that it will perform "better than nature" and sex will no longer be necessary for human reproduction."We are not quite at that stage yet, but it's where we're heading,' said Dr. John Yovich, co-author of the study, “Embryo culture: can we perform better than Nature?” as quoted in the U.K. Daily Mail. The study was published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Reproductive BioMedicine. “Natural human reproduction is at best a fairly inefficient process,"...
  • The Guttmacher Institute Redefines 'Violence Against Women' (husbands guilty)

    05/06/2010 9:56:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 409+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | May 6, 2010 | Brian Clowes
    The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) is at it again.For those not familiar with AGI, it is a $30-million-a-year research group based in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Named for Alan Guttmacher, former president of Planned Parenthood, the mission of the organization is to "advance sexual and reproductive health" around the world. This makes sense, since it was founded in 1968 as the research arm of the largest chain of abortion mills in the United States, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), which currently carries out more than 300,000 abortions annually.In other words, a person who believes in...
  • 'Aroused' rabbits reproduced in tennis club wreckage

    05/01/2010 8:27:17 AM PDT · by llevrok · 44 replies · 1,012+ views
    Hundreds of well-bred rabbits took the opportunity to make new acquaintances and reproduce when a roof collapsed at Sweden's premier rabbit show in Nyköping in February. The Local reported at the time that the Nyköping exhibition, 100 kilometres south of Stockholm, had attracted 1,648 rabbits and their owners to the vast indoor tennis complex. When the roof collapsed in the wake of a spate of heavy snowfalls, many of the prize pets found their cages had opened and they were at liberty to roam as they pleased amid the debris. Workers tasked with clearing the fallen roof soon found that...
  • Battle over birthright: Case raises questions about role of sperm donors in children’s lives

    01/10/2010 10:38:37 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 838+ views
    National Post ^ | January 8, 2010 | Kenyon Wallace
    When a lesbian couple from Terrace, B.C., decided they wanted a child of their own, they were overjoyed that a good friend agreed to donate his sperm.They were going to have a family. Before the child was born in October 2006, the donor signed an agreement stating that the female couple would be the parents and that he would consent to an adoption of the child. But since the child's birth, things haven't gone according to plan. The donor began making frequent visits to the female couple's home and referring to the child as "his son" in the community. He...
  • U.S. bishops approve document on reproductive technologies

    11/18/2009 1:45:26 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 572+ views
    cna ^ | November 18, 2009
    Baltimore, Md., Nov 18, 2009 / 03:41 pm (CNA).- The U.S. bishops have approved a document regarding the moral use of reproductive technologies for couples struggling with infertility yet desire to have children. The document, titled “Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology,” examines the procreative and unitive aspects of marriage which lead to the creation of children, and analyzes how technology can be used to assist infertile couples.The document  begins by declaring that “in marriage, man and woman are united to each other, body and soul, through a loving physical union.” This union, they explain, is essential to...
  • POLL: What Should the Duggars Name Baby No. 19?

    09/01/2009 9:57:27 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 146 replies · 2,692+ views
    People ^ | September 1, 2009 | Steve Helling
    As Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar prepare for baby No. 19, they have a big hurdle ahead of them: coming up with another name that starts with the letter J. Let's face it, they're probably running out of good ones! So Jim Bob told PEOPLE that the family would welcome a little assistance: "We'd love to hear from the readers at to come up with a special name for this child." While there are many J names still available, many of them might not be the right fit for the newest Duggar. And, we can't have any repeats so...
  • Fewer babies in recession

    08/15/2009 12:22:51 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 329+ views
    The Straits Times ^ | August 8, 2009
    ATLANTA - THERE aren't just fewer jobs in the US recession. There are fewer babies, too. US births fell in 2008, the first full year of the recession, marking the first annual decline in births since the start of the decade and ending an American baby boomlet. The downturn in the US economy best explains the drop in maternity, some experts believe. The Great Depression and subsequent recessions all were accompanied by a decline in births, said Carol Hogue, an Emory University professor of maternal and child health and epidemiology. And the numbers have never rebounded until the economy pulled...
  • Prisoners demand right to be fathers after landmark European ruling

    02/09/2009 3:56:29 AM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies · 417+ views
    Daily Telegraph (London) ^ | February 8, 2009 | Nick Allen
    Six prisoners in British jails have applied to have children with their partners following a landmark European court ruling that their human rights would be breached if they are prevented from becoming fathers. The inmates, all serving long sentences and including at least one murderer, claim they or their partners will be too old once they are released and should be allowed to donate sperm now for artificial insemination. It follows a long legal battle over whether their right to fatherhood is guaranteed by the Human Rights Act. The case was brought by Kirk Dickson, 34, who is serving a...
  • Octuplets' birth spawns outrage from public

    02/07/2009 5:29:41 AM PST · by Zakeet · 75 replies · 2,206+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 7, 2009 | Jessica Garrison, Kimi Yoshino and Catherine Ho
    A beaming Dr. Karen Mapes appeared on "Larry King Live" this week to discuss the epic birth of octuplets she supervised at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Bellflower, but the ticker at the bottom of the screen said it all: "OCTUPLETS OUTRAGE." The story of Whittier mom Nadya Suleman has quickly turned from medical miracle to public fury -- so much so that Suleman herself complained in an interview that aired Friday on NBC's "Today" show that society is unfairly judging her. [Snip] Suleman is an unemployed graduate student, lives with her parents and already had six children under...
  • Soy Linked to Lower Sperm Count (Tree-hugging vegan libs won't reproduce - Good thing ! )

    07/27/2008 5:40:42 AM PDT · by xtinct · 34 replies · 668+ views
    AOL ^ | 7/27/08 | Reuters' Staff
    Eating a half serving a day of soy-based foods could be enough to significantly lower a man's sperm count, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The study is the largest in humans to look at the relationship between semen quality and a plant form of the female sex hormone estrogen known as phytoestrogen, which is plentiful in soy-rich foods. "What we found was men that consume the highest amounts of soy foods in this study had a lower sperm concentration compared to those who did not consume soy foods," said Dr. Jorge Chavarro of the Harvard School of Public Health in...
  • First step towards designer babies?

    05/13/2008 5:04:35 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 5 replies · 63+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 14 May 2008, 0153 hrs IST | AP
    NEW YORK: News that scientists have for the first time genetically altered a human embryo is drawing fire from some watchdog groups that say it’s a step toward creating "designer babies". But an author of the study says the work was focused on stem cells. He notes that the researchers used an abnormal embryo that could never have developed into a baby anyway. "None of us wants to make designer babies," said Zev Rosenwaks, director of Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The idea of designer babies is that someday, scientists may insert particular genes...
  • (Baptist) Minister: Stop Having So Many Children!

    05/09/2008 7:39:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 72 replies · 760+ views
    CMR ^ | May 10, 2008 | matthew archbold
    'Might our religion be killing us?' That's what a Baptist minister was asking recently in an editorial in USA Today. Rev. Oliver "Buzz" Thomas writes: Be fruitful and multiply," says the book of Genesis, and Lord knows we have. To the tune of more than 300 million at home and more than 6 billion abroad. But as we go about the heavenly task of multiplying, a poignant question arises: Might our religion be killing us? Insert the deep dark foreboding music. We all remember the Aztecs. Some say their religion, with its penchant for violence and human sacrifice, played a...
  • Envisioning a World Without Men Scientist Says Female-Only Reproduction Is Only a Few Years Away

    04/28/2008 8:58:28 PM PDT · by Westlander · 25 replies · 76+ views
    ABC ^ | 4-28-2008 | NICK WATT
    This could be reality, according to Bryan Sykes, an eminent professor of genetics at Oxford University and author of "Adam's Curse: A Future Without Men."
  • Artificial Reproduction Could Soon Take Place With Pill in Women's Bodies

    04/21/2008 1:06:16 PM PDT · by julieee · 38 replies · 147+ views ^ | 4/21/08 | Steven Ertelt
    London, England ( -- A new report indicates artificial reproduction could take place with a capsule inside a woman's body rather than using traditional treatment at a fertility clinic. Pro-life groups are concerned that the "progress" in fertility treatment continues to commodify human life. The Invocell technique involves the mixing of eggs and sperm in a pill-like container that is placed inside a woman's vagina for three days. Full Story at
  • Failing to love is killing Europe

    03/13/2008 7:08:42 PM PDT · by jdm · 32 replies · 937+ views
    The Anchoress ^ | March 13, 2008 | Staff
    Over at the Corner, they’re quoting Bruce Thornton: [Europe is not reproducing because] “children are expensive. They require you to sacrifice your time and your interests and your own comfort. If your highest good is pleasure, if your highest good is a sophisticated life, then children get in the way. Why would you spend so much money and so much energy on children if your highest good is simply material well-being? That’s sort of the spiritual dimension of the problem.” Read Dr. Melissa Clouthier on the news that she was pregnant with twins at challenging time of her life H/T...
  • UK scientists create embryo with three parents

    02/05/2008 11:24:18 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 16 replies · 122+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 6 Feb 2008, 0005 hrs IST | The Times of India
    For procreation, it has always taken two to tango. But scientists from the UK's Newcastle University have taken reproductive biology where it has never gone before - creating a human embryo from three parents, two women and a man. The scientists believe the technique will help prevent women with diseases of the mitochondria - tiny batteries within each cell that provide energy - from passing on the defects to their children. Mitochodrial DNA is carried from mother to offspring and faults in it can cause about 50 known diseases, some of which lead to disability and death. Researchers from Newcastle...
  • Giving birth the latest job outsourced to India ("Rent-A-Womb")

    12/30/2007 1:06:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 274+ views
    MSNBC ^ | December 30, 2007 | Ajit Solanki
    ANAND, India - Every night in this quiet western Indian city, 15 pregnant women prepare for sleep in the spacious house they share, ascending the stairs in a procession of ballooned bellies, to bedrooms that become a landscape of soft hills. A team of maids, cooks and doctors looks after the women, whose pregnancies would be unusual anywhere else but are common here. The young mothers of Anand, a place famous for its milk, are pregnant with the children of infertile couples from around the world. The small clinic at Kaival Hospital matches infertile couples with local women, cares for...
  • When 3 Really Is a Crowd

    07/16/2007 12:41:33 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,079+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 16, 2007 | ELIZABETH MARQUARDT
    SOMETIMES when the earth shudders it doesn’t make a sound. That’s what happened in Harrisburg, Pa., recently. On April 30, a state Superior Court panel ruled that a child can have three legal parents. The case, Jacob v. Shultz-Jacob, involved two lesbians who were the legal co-parents of two children conceived with sperm donated by a friend. The panel held that the sperm donor and both women were all liable for child support. Arthur S. Leonard, a professor at New York Law School, observed, “I’m unaware of any other state appellate court that has found that a child has, simultaneously,...
  • Female sharks don't need males to reproduce, study finds

    05/23/2007 7:30:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies · 1,053+ views
    AP ^ | May 23, 2007 | Shawn Pogatchnik
    DUBLIN -- Female sharks can fertilize their own eggs and give birth without sperm from males, according to a new study of the asexual reproduction of a hammerhead in a US zoo. The joint Northern Ireland-US research, published today in the Royal Society's Biology Letter journal, analyzed the DNA of a shark born in 2001 in the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha . The shark was born in a tank with three potential mothers, none of whom had had contact with a male hammerhead for at least three years. Analysis of the baby shark's DNA found no trace of any...

    04/19/2007 4:11:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies · 1,478+ views
    Grasstops USA ^ | April 18, 2007 | Don Feder
    An article in The Wall Street Journal (April 12) breathlessly informs us of the latest fad on the Incredible Shrinking Continent -- "As Religious Strife Grows, Europe's Atheists Seize Pulpit: Islam's Rise Gives Boost To Militant Unbelievers; The Celebrity Hedonist," the headline teases. The "Celebrity Hedonist," isn't geriatric frat-boy Hugh Hefner, but Michel Onfray, a 48-year-old author dubbed "France's high-priest of atheism" in the Journal piece. Reporter Andrew Higgins describes the doyen of disbelief -- commander of the faith-less -- strutting onto the stage of Caen's 500-seat Alexis de Tocqueville auditorium, dressed in black from head to toe, to deliver...
  • Mother wins a grandchild from tomb of soldier son

    01/26/2007 3:06:33 PM PST · by gallaxyglue · 13 replies · 610+ views
    The Times ^ | 01/18/2007 | David Sharrock
    January 26 2007 The Times January 18, 2007 Mother wins a grandchild from tomb of soldier son David Sharrock in Ramat Gan Rachel Cohen was praying at her son’s grave when a call on her mobile phone brought news that she had been awaiting for four years. An Israeli court had cleared the way for her to become a grandmother. The legal decision is unprecedented because her son, Keivin, who was shot dead by a sniper in Gaza in 2002, never knew the woman who will become the mother of his child. She was selected by a family charity and...
  • not fatherless by choice (how it feels to be the offspring of a sperm donor)

    12/22/2006 12:22:14 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies · 684+ views
    Off the Record ^ | December 18, 2006 | Diogenes
    In a remarkable op-ed appearing in the Washington Post, a young woman named Katrina Clark explains what it's like to know that you are the child of an anonymous sperm donor. It's not fun. The essay could be Exhibit A in any argument about the morality of artificially assisted human reproduction. The child of a loveless, sterile union between gametes speaks with authority when she reminds us that nobody asked for her opinion on the circumstances of her birth. Her mother (whom she still admires) got the baby she wanted. But the baby didn't get a father she could know....
  • The Biggest Story Of Our Time: Self Extinction (Mark Steyn: Its The Demography, Stupid Alert)

    12/24/2006 4:11:13 AM PST · by goldstategop · 115 replies · 3,656+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/24/2006 | Mark Steyn
    Suppose for a moment that the birth in Bethlehem that Christians celebrate this week never happened --that it is, as the secularists would have it, mere mumbo jumbo, superstition, a myth. In other words, consider it not as an event but as a narrative. You want to launch a big new global movement from scratch. So what do you use? The birth of a child. If Christianity is just a myth, then it is, so to speak, an immaculately conceived one. On the one hand, what could be more powerless than a newborn babe? On the other, without a newborn...
  • THE VERDICT: Filming your neighbour having sex is legal (at least in lutheran Sweden)

    11/18/2006 10:51:24 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 54 replies · 2,413+ views ^ | 11/14/2006 | TT/Paul O'Mahony
    Filming your neighbour having sex is legal As long as you are not caught in the act it is legal to film your neighbours naked, or even having sex. That is the conclusion reached by prosecutor Bo Birgersson, who has just dropped the charges against a 20 year old man accused of filming 20 of his neighbours in various states of undress. "It is not possible to be molested without one's knowledge. And even if you find out after the act that somebody has been peeping at you it is not enough to bring about a conviction," Birgersson told Sydsvenskan....