Epigenetics/Life as Commodity/Spurning Biology/Gene Patents/Eggsploitation/Disorders (2014-2012)

NEW!  Alana Newman asks, "Are There Ethical Considerations Using Third Party Reproduction Methods?" A Person is a Person No Matter How Small: Dealing With IVF’s Ethical Questions What are the Rights of Sperm-Donor or Egg-Donor-Conceived People? Three Parent Embryos for Mitochondrial Disease – Unsafe, Unethical and Unnecessary Transhumanism:  A New Spin on an Old Notion Time Lapse Imaging of Embryos – IVF Improvement or Eugenics? Woman With First Womb Transplant Ends Pregnancy, Baby Had No Heartbeat Exploitation in the Making? California Considers Bill that Would Allow Researchers to Pay Women for Harvesting Their Eggs As Yet Unknown:  Myriad Implications The Need for Informed Consent: The Risks of IVF are Becoming Clearer Gene Patents Finally Make It to the Supreme Court Reproduction Without Sex… or, From Sterile Sex to Sterile Reproduction Baby, or Your Money Back: Fertility Doctor Mass Produces, Then Sells Embryos for $9,800 Company Set to Launch Celebrity Sperm Donor Program Sperm-Donor Father of 43 Children Passed on Genetic Disorder Epigenetics: Today’s Brave New World Spurns Biology for Parental Choice   CLONING Human Cloning: The Unethical Manufacturing of Human Life …   Alana Newman asks, "Are There Ethical Considerations Using Third Party Reproduction Methods?"     Alana S. Newman, the daughter of a sperm-donor and once an egg-donor herself, is now one of the most outspoken critics of 3PR (Third Party Reproduction) and a relentless advocate for the rights of the children created using these methods.  Her passion for this issue inspired her to found AnonymousUS.org, a website providing a safe outlet for people to voice their opinions and experiences with 3PR.       Alana has also taken her...

Prenatal Hospice / Perinatal Hospice

Perinatal Hospice http://perinatalhospice.org  Hospice care serves patients of all ages…even those yet to be born. Last year, Mary Gravina, a social worker at the nonprofit Hospice Care Network, received a call from a pregnant mother of three in Merrick. Donna Dobkowski told the social worker that she had been informed by her doctor that the fetus growing in her womb would not survive long after birth. The child was developing without kidneys, which is fatal. Her doctor advised that she terminate the pregnancy at 14 weeks, when the abnormality was first noticed. She had her own plan. Dobkowski wanted to give her child life, even if that meant only a few good minutes. She continued the pregnancy, despite the concern of her doctor and other doctors she saw for confirmation of her child's grave disease — Potter's syndrome. During her sixth month of pregnancy, she was referred to Gravina at the care network, who helped her devise a birth plan for her child and her family. Gravina was invited into the labor and delivery suite when Jonathan Dobkowski was born in May. After an emergency cesarean section, mother and father held their newborn son. The baby's first cries sounded normal, and the boy looked healthy.  But his lungs were not fully developed because of the missing kidneys, and he died after an hour in his mother's arms. But during that time, with Gravina at their side, the couple was able to name their baby, gaze into his eyes, hold him, baptize him, kiss him and introduce him to his three siblings. Gravina bought each of the children a camera to take...