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03/17/2015
France passed legislation on Tuesday giving doctors new powers to place terminally-ill patients in a “deep sleep” until they die, sparking controversy over whether euthanasia should be fully legalised. Eight out of 10 French people are in favour of allowing euthanasia and almost all – 96 per cent – back the “deep sleep” law, polls show. It will apply to patients who are conscious but in “unbearable” pain, whose treatment is not working or who decide to stop taking medication. France legalised “passive euthanasia” in 2005, where treatment, needed to maintain life is withheld or...
03/11/2015
by Souhail Karam and Caroline Alexander (Bloomberg) -- Morocco’s Islamist-led government has asked a panel of clerics, doctors and legislators to look into relaxing a five-decade-old abortion law that activists say is pushing more and more women into back-street terminations. The health ministry will convene a first meeting on Wednesday to discuss changes to the law. Under consideration will be allowing procedures within six weeks in cases of rape and incest, and before the end of the fourth month if birth defects or genetic diseases are found. At the moment, abortion is...
03/10/2015
WARSAW, March 10 (Reuters) - Poland's government approved a draft bill to regulate in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment on Tuesday, in a move aimed at attracting voters ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections later this year. IVF has been performed in Poland for the last 25 years, but traditionally Roman Catholic Poland has so far not passed legislation regulating the treatment, remaining the only European Union member not to have done so. The Roman Catholic Church opposes in-vitro fertilisation, saying it divorces marital sex from procreation and could result in the...
03/08/2015
The Canadian Press   Quebec is slowly but surely moving toward officially recognizing contracts drawn up between surrogate mothers and couples looking to conceive. If it happens, it could mean the dawning of a small revolution in family law in the province. Born to surrogate, child has no legal mother, Quebec judge rules Quebec to reimburse gay men for surrogacy costs Paid surrogacy driven underground in Canada: CBC report Greg and Elaine Smith issued birth certificates for surrogate-born twins Currently, contracts drawn up between couples and surrogates have no...
02/26/2015
  Amnesty calls for reform of ‘draconian’ NI abortion law Legislation in North breaches Britain’s ‘international human rights obligations’ Former Progressive Unionist Party leader Ms Purvis said the Northern Assembly “forces” any woman who is pregnant as a result of rape or incest, and wants an abortion, to continue with that pregnancy against her will. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire. Gerry Moriarty   First published:Thu, Feb 26, 2015, 11:17   Abortion law in Northern Ireland is draconian and in need of...
02/25/2015
By Scott Macnab     More than 10,000 people have now signed a petition opposing proposals to introduce state assisted suicide in Scotland. The Care Not Killing (CNK) umbrella group which is spearheading the campaign against the controversial legislation says opposition is “growing every day.” The change will allow Scots who are dying and find their quality of life “unacceptable” to request a lethal cocktail of drugs from a pharmacist to end their own lives. CNK has called on their supporters to make their views known to their MSPs who will vote on the Assisted...
02/24/2015
Sarah Knapton, Science Editor    Peers have approved historic legislation which would see Britain become the first country in the world to create three-parent babies, despite fears children could be born sterile. Health minister Lord Howe urged the House of Lords to pass the amendment to the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act and permit controversial IVF techniques which are aimed at preventing serious inherited mitochondrial diseases. MPs, including all three main party leaders, voted earlier this month in the Commons to legalise the...
02/23/2015
By Michael Cook    The assisted suicide of American woman Brittany Maynard on November 1 may have tipped Colombia into legalising euthanasia. Euthanasia has been in legal limbo in the South American nation since a decision by its Constitutional Court in 1997 that “mercy killing” was constitutional and that doctors who cooperated should not be prosecuted. It urged the government to pass a law to regulate the procedure. The government did nothing. Even sympathetic doctors were afraid to test the law and refused to have anything to do with euthanasia. However, the issue...
02/21/2015
  Dominican Republic moves to ease abortion ban, challenges remain: rights group By Anastasia Moloney January 27, 2015 12:42 PM   BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A presidential decision to ease the Dominican Republic's ban on abortion is a landmark victory for women's rights, but ensuring women can access legal and potentially life-saving abortions remains a challenge, a rights group has said. President Danilo Medina recommended that lawmakers amend the criminal code to allow abortion in cases of rape, incest, a deformed fetus or when a...
02/20/2015
Thailand has passed a law banning foreigners from paying Thai women to be surrogates, after two high-profile cases sparked debate last year. The legislation also bans the use of agents, or any promotion of women willing to carry babies for others. Last year the case of a little boy born with Down's syndrome put Thailand's surrogacy industry in the spotlight. His Thai surrogate mother said his Australian parents abandoned the boy but took his healthy twin sister home. Under the new law, only married Thai couples or couples with one Thai partner who have been married at least three...

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