By: Michael Menconi
On November 24th, Erick Munoz discovered his 33-year-old wife, Marlise Munoz, unconscious on the floor of their Texas home. A tragic consequence of a pulmonary embolism, Marlise was rushed to John Peter Smith Hospital and declared brain dead in the emergency room. She was moved to the intensive care unit where she remained on life support for six weeks against the wish of her husband, who maintained she would not wish to live in this incapacitated condition if she were given the choice. Significantly complicating the situation and simultaneously launching the case to the forefront of national debate, however, was the fact that Marlise was 14 weeks pregnant at the time of her clinically diagnosed brain death.
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By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.
Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives, in what was the first large-scale experiment to determine whether this procedure could someday result in pregnancy. Was this experiment ethical, and if so, should it continue?
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Three-Parent Embryos: Mitochondrial Transfer IVF is Worth Pursuing
Even though it is technically possible to create an embryo using the genetic material of three parents, is it ethically desirable?
The Abortion Issue Returns
With the Supreme Court hearing cases on various contentious issues, they are likely to return to one of their most enduring controversies: abortion.
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