DPP on Assisted Suicide, Redux

The Director of Public Prosecutions published his guidelines on assisted suicide yesterday, after consultation on the provisional guidelines that I discussed here.  The most recent publication is slightly different from the consultation version and the full list of considerations is available here.  Most of the considerations strike me as being well-intentioned, and pretty inoffensive – […]

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Nicaragua’s Abortion Law and the Moral Cost of Saving Lives

Regardless of where you stand on questions about the permissibility of abortion, the nature of the debate is much less polarised than it would seem.  Pro-choice types are perfectly capable of admitting that abortions are matters of regret in their own terms; pro-lifers, overwhelmingly, will admit that there are times when the termination of a […]

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Manchester MA/ Intercalated MSc in Health Care Ethics & Law – Open Preview Event

University of Manchester The Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at the University of Manchester has places available on its MA and Intercalated MSc in Health Care Ethics & Law programmes for the academic year 2010-11; further details can be found via the link at www.law.manchester.ac.uk/csep. There will be an open event on the 3rd […]

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Wakefield – the Cooked-up “Controversy” that Will Not Die

I didn’t pay much attention the Wakefield MMR paper when it first started generating controversy: I wasn’t bothered whether its conclusions were correct or not, because I figured that it’s in the nature of science for certain putative discoveries later to be debunked.  But the years passed, and as I paid a bit more attention, […]

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