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Morning-after pill to be delivered by courier in London

17 April 2012

A London medical practice is to deliver morning-after pills by courier. Women wanting the pills will fill out an online form, to be assessed by a doctor, and the pills will be delivered within two hours. Norman Wells of the Family Education Trust condemned the plan, saying: “[Y]oung people have been lulled into a false sense of security ... and become exposed to an increased risk of sexually transmitted infections” by easy access to morning-after pills. [Evening Standard, 16 April]

Parents can have a duty to use IVF, say bioethicists

Two American bioethicists have argued that some parents have a moral obligation to use IVF and embryo testing to create only disease-free children. In a piece in The American Journal of Bioethics, Janet Malek of East Carolina University and Judith F. Daar of Whittier Law School in California, support "a duty on IVF-reproducing parents to maximize the well-being of their future offspring by all reasonable means". [BioEdge, 13 April] Anthony Ozimic of SPUC said: "This is just the latest version of the age-old barbarism of eugenics, stretching from the exposing of disabled infants in ancient Greece to the Nazi euthanasia programme. We must not be weak in condeming it simply because it appears in an academic journal."

Other stories:

Human egg cells grown in lab could be fertilised [Telegraph, 17 April]

British man may have fathered 600 children at own fertility clinic [Telegraph, 8 April]

Hong Kong to ban pregnant mainlanders from giving birth in city [Telegraph, 17 April]

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