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Partial Birth Abortion Ban Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

The news: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,,-6567831,00.html. Some background on partial-birth abortions, also known as D&X, intact D&X, intact dilation and evacuation, and intrauterine cranial decompression (there is plenty of confusion over terminology in this area). The cases are named Gonzales v Carhart (05-380) and Gonzalez v Planned Parenthood (05-1382).

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Filed under: Bioethics, Uncategorized

Should Incest Be Legal?

A Time Magazine story from April of 2007. It summarizes some of the state laws in areas of personal sexuality (incest, the sale of sex toys, sodomy, prostitution, same-sex marriage, and others).

The link: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1607322,00.html.

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Should Incest Be Legal?

A Time Magazine story from April of 2007. It summarizes some of the state laws in areas of personal sexuality (incest, the sale of sex toys, sodomy, prostitution, same-sex marriage, and others).

The link: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1607322,00.html.

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Ending Life Support for Infants

Texas is currently going through this decision yet again. The state has a law permitting hospitals to cut off futile medical treatment to certain patients. The idea behind the law is to prevent treatment that does not have a chance to succeed and which only serves to prolong suffering. The decision-making process takes the decision out of the parents’ hands in some cases, allowing hospitals to set a deadline for final termination of life support even in opposition to the parents’ wishes.

Some resources:

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Prosecuting Intentional HIV Transmission

In the U.S., these cases are sometimes prosecuted as attempted murder cases, though at times nothing or little is done. You might recall WNY’s own case — the case of Nushawn Williams. Williams infected 13 teenage girls with HIV/AIDS and received a 4-12 year sentence on statutory rape charges (apparently, Williams was a rather well-liked crack dealer — several of his victims refused to cooperate with police).

Below you’ll find some resources on that case as well as a new case from Italy.

I assume Williams is out of prison by now. I haven’t been able to find an update on his case.

Filed under: Bioethics, Uncategorized

Quarantining People with Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

This is a story in today’s wire reports. It summarizes some of the debate and laws over how to deal with patients with infectious diseases. Some states and nations are in the practice of isolating those patients, even without consent.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070403/D8O8QVCO0.html

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British Team Grows Human Heart Valve From Stem Cells

Interestingly, the team used adult bone marrow cells, not embryonic stem cells.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/medicine/story/0,,2048062,00.html

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