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cmf file 35 (2007) - consequences of abortion ()

In 2003 we considered abortion in CMF File 23, but we concentrate here on the consequences of abortion. It is timely to review these. First, the total number of abortions in the UK continues to rise, reaching the highest level ever in 2006 at 201,173 in England and Wales...

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Human-animal hybrids - Government must maintain its proposed prohibition (triple helix - spring/summer 2007)

In 2005 the Department of Health consulted widely on the future of the Human Fertilisation Embryology (HFE) Act, and CMF made a substantial Submission.[1] One of the many questions asked concerned creating human hybrid and chimera embryos, which would contain genetic material from both humans and non-human animals. Of the...

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Mad, Bad or Sad? (triple helix - spring/summer 2007)

At my medical school more than thirty years ago, psychiatry viewed religious faith as a sign of mental illness. William Sargent had just retired, but I once heard him lecture on his famous book, Battle for the Mind, and had to watch film of a Pentecostal service intercut with African...

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Education (CMF news - spring/summer 2007)

e-newsletter launched The first edition of a new electronic newsletter went out in late March to all 3,000 or so members whose email addresses we hold. We had about 20 very encouraging responses. We resonate with: 'Don't make it too long or too frequent'. We won't! We are aiming to...

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Ethics (CMF news - winter 2007)

2007 opened with every probability there will be even more controversial ethics debates than in 2006. We all suddenly became aware of the little American girl, Ashley, born with 'static encephalopathy', whose Seattle parents sought medical intervention to keep her size and weight down to facilitate their future care of...

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Going West - should Britain introduce physician-assisted suicide (triple helix - summer 2005)

‘Gone west’ is a quaint description of death - the setting sun ‘goes west’ and then sinks below the horizon and expires. The phrase may now acquire new meaning as some in Britain look to the US west coast state of Oregon and seek physician-assisted suicide (PAS) here. Lord Joffe’s 2004...

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Euthanasia: end of the phoney war

The report on Lord Joffe's Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill bill was finally released on Monday. For those of us arguing that Britain is 'sleepwalking into euthanasia' the content was less concerning than it might have been, and the...
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Euthanasia - arguments from autonomy (triple helix - spring 2005)

There are concerns that the Mental Capacity Bill might let euthanasia in by the back door. [1] Intense interest also surrounds the Report of the House of Lord’s Select Committee considering Lord Joffe’s Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill, [2] which if ever enacted would allow ‘front door’ physician...

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Why we shouldn’t legalise euthanasia (nucleus - spring 2005)

J was a patient of mine in general practice. He had been action man personified in work and sport, but several years of progressive multiple sclerosis with no remissions had left him almost tetraplegic. He was well looked after, with maximum nursing and homecare input, and despite no specific treatment...

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Four reasons derived from respect for autonomy why euthanasia should not be legalised:

1) Following the patient's autonomy impacts that of the doctor It is self evident that where a patient's autonomy is followed to the extent of their receiving a prescription for lethal medication or being put to death at the end...
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