Irish Euthanasia Lecture Cancelled

A curious story from the Irish Times: a lecture by Len Doyal on euthanasia had to be cancelled after disruption from protesters: he’s now complained to the President.  The protesters apparently shouted obscenities and, er, the Rosary. There are more details here.  In the meantime, I just can’t help myself:  Thanks to Richard Ashcroft and […]

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Does it Matter when Life Begins?

PZ Meyers recently blogged about his response to one of the perennial claims of pro-life advocates: that life begins at conception.  Predictably, he accuses pro-lifers of misunderstanding the question, and he does this by denying that life begins at conception because life began billions of years ago: everything else is just a part of a […]

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A Big Week for Little Cells

Stem cells have been in the news rather a lot lately.  President Obama has, it’s currently being widely reported, lifted Dubya’s restrictions on human embryonic stem-cell research, much to the chagrin of some, and the delight of others.  (Interestingly enough, among the worriers we find a surprisingly large number of British commentators who point out […]

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It’s the End of the Father as we Know Him (and I Feel Fine)

It’s another blow to fatherhood, the traditional family, and all things good and pure, squeals the Daily Heil.*  What could raise such spleen?  By the looks of it, it’s Part 2 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (2008), although the paper doesn’t have the good grace to provide a link.  This piece of legislation reduces […]

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