Author Archives: Genevieve Plaster

Assisted Suicide in International Spotlight: Swiss Society Numbers Up, Australia Suspends Physician

Genevieve Plaster, M.A.  

Last week, an assisted suicide organization in Switzerland named Exit made the news with a report of an anomalous growth in membership. According to its vice president, a record number of about 60 to 100 new applicants poured in daily this July and August, instead of the expected lag in applications due to summer travel.  All told, […]

Thailand Moves to Reform Law following Surrogacy Cases Gone Awry

Genevieve Plaster, M.A.  

Last week, Thailand officials announced a reform of its surrogacy legislation by way of a newly drafted bill that would ban commercial surrogacy. This move to tighten restrictions comes after two widely-reported and controversial surrogacy cases gone wrong in the nation – the now-famous story of Gammy, a twin abandoned by his intended parents due […]

Center for Bioethics and Culture Founder Releases Documentary on Harmful Effects of Surrogacy

Genevieve Plaster, M.A.  

Jennifer Lahl, founder of the Center for Bioethics and Culture and an award-winning film director, recently released her latest documentary entitled Breeders: A Subclass of Women? The new film examines the harmful consequences of surrogacy.  Breeders concludes her three-part film series on sexual reproductive technologies.  The first installment, Eggsploitation (California Independent Film Festival Best Documentary, 2011), highlighted the risks for […]

OH House of Representatives Passes Comprehensive Adoption Reform

Nora Sullivan, M.P.A  

This week the Ohio House of Representative passed landmark adoption reform legislation with a significant bipartisan majority vote. The legislation will now head to the Ohio State Senate.  The ultimate passage of this legislation will make adoption a much more accessible and affordable choice for Ohio families.  Additionally, these reforms will streamline and safeguard the adoption process.

Federal Exchange Plans Still Obscure Abortion Information

Genevieve Plaster, M.A.  

On December 11, 2013, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, in response to a question from Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), testified on Capitol Hill that abortion coverage information in insurance plans is “available for every customer,” and that “it is on the website.”  After the testimony the Charlotte Lozier Institute undertook to research […]

European Parliament Again Rejects Abortion as a Human Right

Nora Sullivan, M.P.A  

This Tuesday, December 10, which is interestingly enough Human Rights Day, the European Parliament once again voted on the controversial Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, which would classify abortion as a fundamental human right.  Despite the intense lobbying of the proposed legislation’s supporters, the measure was once again rejected by Members of the European […]

Anniversaries and Obamacare

Keiren D. Smith, M.D.  

Today is the one-year anniversary of the big surgery: 78-pound, five-foot-tall “M’, 87 years old and a feisty New York native, was operated on for tongue cancer. The surgery meant removal of half her tongue followed by its reconstruction using the long muscle of her forearm. It included removing all the lower teeth on one side and […]

A Human Right to End Life?

Nora Sullivan, M.P.A  

On Tuesday of this week, the European Parliament will vote on a measure that classifies abortion as a fundamental human right.   The measure was scheduled for a vote after the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality issued a draft report last month discussing sexual and reproductive health and rights.

ObamaClarity at Day 9: Abortion Coverage Still Opaque

Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan, Genevieve Plaster, M.A.   

More than a week into the enrollment period for health insurance via the federal-state insurance exchanges, whether existing plan options include elective abortion remains anything but clear.  Under Obamacare, a cluster of Multi-State Plans (MSPs) are likely to include elective abortion coverage in 27 states.  In each of those states, at least one MSP is […]

Texas Filibuster a Life Decision

Elizabeth Ann M. Johnson, M.D.  

In a scene familiar to many, the young senator passionately defends his state constituents through a 24-hour filibuster while the older senators refuse to listen, but as he grows weary there is a sudden change in perspective and his cause is accepted as the right choice for America.  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a piece […]

There’s a Life at the Heart of the Matter

Andrea Mrozek  

*Editor’s Note:  Last week Dr. Henry Morgentaler, whose medical practice and activism led to the legalization of abortion in Canada, died at age 90.  Andrea Mrozek reflects on Morgentaler’s impact on Canadian women and families.   There’s some irony in the passing away of Dr. Henry Morgentaler.  Regrettably, Morgentaler, whose name will forever be connected […]

Plan B: Abortifacient and Other Risks

Teresa A. Donovan, M.P.H.  

The Food and Drug Administration announced on April 30 that it has approved a drug maker’s application to make Plan B One-Step available over the counter, without a prescription, to girls age 15 and over.  This decision marks a retreat from the previous policy, endorsed by senior Obama Administration officials and President Obama himself, to continue requiring minor […]

UK Government Panel Approves Genetically Engineered “Three-Parent” Embryos

Eugene C. Tarne, Private: Jennifer Lahl, R.N., M.A.   

Great Britain’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which oversees fertility treatments and embryo research in that nation, recently approved fertility procedures that would amount to the genetic engineering of children through cloning (nuclear transfer) technology and germ-line modification, resulting in a “three-parent embryo” that would have genetic material from two mothers and one father.

Unsafe Abortion: More Information Needed for True Informed Consent

Elizabeth Ann M. Johnson, M.D.  

The Maryland Office of Health Care Quality is investigating the tragic death of 29-year-old Jennifer Morbelli, who died after a suspected late-term abortion procedure performed at a controversial abortion clinic in Germantown, Maryland.  They are right to do so.  However, a more comprehensive response is warranted from the wider obstetrical and medical community.  Americans should be outraged […]