• Sandra the orangutan, freed from a zoo after being granted ‘personhood,’ settles into her new home

    A 33-year-old orangutan who was granted 'legal personhood' in Argentina has been relocated to a new home in Wauchula, Florida. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes where Sandra the orangutan is now living, told CNN she has been "inquisitive, calm, engaged and... Read more
  • Cleveland Clinic performs its first in utero surgery on fetus, repairs spina bifida before baby’s birth

    CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Clinic has joined other top hospitals in North America and can now offer in utero surgery. The hospital announced Wednesday that after more than a year of preparations they have successfully completed Northern Ohio’s first ever surgery on a fetus inside the uterus... Read more
  • Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Frozen Embryos Mere ‘Marital Property’

    Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm … unites with a female gamete or oocyte…to form a single cell. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual. (p. 18) — Keith Moore and T.V.N.... Read more
  • Jewish, Christian, Muslim leaders sign declaration against euthanasia

    Representatives from the Catholic and Orthodox churches and the Muslim and Jewish faiths signed a joint declaration at the Vatican reaffirming each religion’s clear opposition to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. They also encouraged promoting palliative care so that dying patients... Read more
  • Bobby Reyes dies after UM takes him off life support

    A 14-year-old Monroe County boy who was declared brain dead died Tuesday after C.S. Mott Children's Hospital disconnected him from life support after the boy's family lost a legal battle to prevent the move. Parents Sara Jones and Jose Reyes fought the University of Michigan hospital's initial... Read more
  • Downriver mother fights to keep child on life support; facility rejects transfer

    It's been a heartbreaking few weeks for an Ash Township family. Bobby Reyes, 14, was hospitalized at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor after a severe asthma attack in September. His mother, Sarah Jones, successfully fought to stop the hospital from taking her son off life support when... Read more
  • Italy’s Top Court Approves Assisted Suicide in Certain Cases

    The Italian constitutional court ruled on Wednesday that assisted suicide is legal in certain situations, a momentous ruling on a case that has captured public attention in Italy for years. The ruling came in favor of pro-euthanasia activist Marco Cappato, a member of Italy’s Radical... Read more
  • Assisted Suicide: A Tale of Two Narratives

    Here’s a narrative recently promoted nationally, beginning in Seattle, by the Associated Press. In May, a 75-year-old man with cancer named Robert Fuller obtained a lethal drug overdose under Washington State’s “Death with Dignity” Act, and planned his suicide down to the last detail... Read more
  • Perspectives on the complex genetics of same-sex sexual behavior

    In a peer-reviewed study published in Science, researchers found evidence that many genetic variants contribute to same-sex sexual behavior, but each has a small influence. When taken together, the variants explain only a minority of a person’s likelihood of ever engaging in sexual behavior... Read more
  • Dupont: I was ‘absolutely’ unaware Seattle man was planning suicide

    A priest who was photographed blessing a man who planned to commit suicide said Friday that he was unaware of the man’s intentions, and that if he had known what the man was planning, he would have acted differently. “I believe that life is a gift. I believe that it is a gift from God and... Read more