For first time in Israel, court permits euthanasia for terminal patient

an suffering from ALS has life support machine switched off after lawyers submit request, Israeli daily says An Israeli court permitted a case of euthanasia two weeks ago for a sufferer of the terminal illness ALS, the first decision of its kind in Israel, Ha’aretz reported Tuesday. The Tel Aviv District Court gave the verdict

Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister announces plans to reform abortion laws

Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister has announced his plans to reform abortion laws in the region for the first time in seventy years. Minister David Ford has proposed that abortion be available in the event of a foetus suffering from a fatal abnormality meaning that they could not survive outside the womb. The proposal marks a

France Eases Abortion Restrictions in Sweeping Equality Law

By: Alexandra Stifferlin Called “historic” step in gender equality push France passed legislationthis week allowing women to get abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy with no questions asked, lifting previous restrictions as part of a sweeping and historic law meant to increase gender equality in the country. Previously, a French woman could only get

Sofia Vergara lawsuit: Who exactly owns frozen embryos?

  By Radhika Sanghani 1:39PM BST 17 Apr 2015 Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara is reportedly engaged in a legal battle with her ex-fiancé Nick Loeb over their embryos. Yep, you heard me correctly. Back in 2013, the couple underwent IVF, which resulted in fertilised eggs created from Loeb’s sperm and Vergara’s eggs. The couple then split

Wisconsin: Judge Strikes Abortion Law

A federal judge on Friday struck down a Wisconsin law requiring doctors performing abortions to get hospital admitting privileges, ruling that any benefits to women’s health from the requirement were “substantially outweighed” by the harm done by restricting access to abortion. Judge William M. Conley of Federal District Court, who had earlier put the law

Oklahoma: Governor Signs Curb on Abortion Procedure

Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation Monday making Oklahoma the second state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus. The measure prohibits doctors from using forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a live fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces. Such instruments are used in dilation

Tragic case prompts India to adopt a law permitting ‘passive’ euthanasia

By Rama Lakshmi NEW DELHI — Aruna Shanbaug was working as a nurse in Mumbai when she was brutally raped and assaulted by a co-worker — an attack that left her in a vegetative state for the past four decades. Her case inspired a best-selling book and sparked a heated debate about euthanasia in India.

Government set to allow abortions till 24 weeks

Malathy Iyer   MUMBAI: The Indian government has proposed an increase in the abortion limit from the present 20 weeks to 24 weeks and even beyond in case of fetal abnormality. A draft Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment),Bill 2014 was put up on the ministry of health website on October 29. The draft says that