New Ways to Engineer the Germline

02/23/2018 10:56
Posted by Jessica Cussins   In 1998, a UCLA conference called "Engineering the Human Germline" brought together more than 1,000 people to discuss various emerging technologies and the challenges they faced. Gregory Stock, a co-organizer of the conference, told Nature at the time that, really, the goal of the event was to make the inheritable genetic modification (IGM) of humans “acceptable” to the public.  Over forty countries, and multiple international treaties, prohibit IGM due to the profound safety, social, and ethical implications of making permanent changes to the human germline. Opposition to IGM is widespread; the Center for...

Court Orders North Carolina to Pay $300,000 for Forcing Christian Magistrate to Resign

02/22/2018 10:41
by Jonathan Pincus   A North Carolina magistrate was wrongly forced from her position due to her strongly held Christian beliefs, a federal judge recently ruled. On Wednesday, the attorneys representing Gayle Myrick, a magistrate who resigned because she wouldn’t perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples, made public that their client won $300,000 in a settlement agreement. In 2017, Judge Michael Devine ruled that the state of North Carolina violated Myrick’s civil liberties when it forced her to step down from her position as a Union County magistrate due to her faith. Devine noted that the state “failed to provide an accommodation … and failed...

Advancing the Disability Rights Perspective on Bioethics Issues

02/21/2018 11:56
by Diane Coleman, Not Dead Yet   Months of work came to fruition on April 25-26, 2014 at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, VA.  Conference planning experts told us to expect a 10% no show rate, but out of our final count of 68 who signed up to attend (we had initially expected about 50), only 3 missed it.  That’s a clue about the amazing level of participation we had for the first ever Disability Rights Leadership Institute on Bioethics (DRLIB).   Before talking about the program, I first want to thank our sponsors:  National Disability Leadership Alliance, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Disability Rights Education and...
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Gender identity issue steering culture in concerning direction

Walgreens 1The strange circumstances leading Walgreens to announce a new bathroom policy leaves some to believe we are moving down a "slippery slope."

Walgreens is now allowing people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they claim to identify. The nationwide policy took effect in November, and according to the Los Angeles Times, its adoption follows an incident last year in which a biological female – who is not transgender – was told she could not use the women's restroom because she looked like a man.