Europe

2016 Winners and Losers

Thumbnail image for 2016 Winners and Losers

Each year at this time we look back over the past twelve months with an eye toward identifying those whose lives and work actively promoted and affirmed a truly human future, and those who did not. Winners: Stephanie Packer is more than a winner; she really is a hero. Sitting down with her while making […]

Read the full article →

It’s a Family Affair

Thumbnail image for It’s a Family Affair

A recent news story reports of four sisters who live in Tabasco, Mexico, who are making a living serving as paid gestational surrogates, mostly for European gay couples. Milagros, the eldest sister, heard about the ‘rent-a-womb’ business in 2013, and thought it would be a good way to make a living. She felt her only […]

Read the full article →

Do We Need Global Laws Prohibiting Trafficking in Human Eggs?

Thumbnail image for Do We Need Global Laws Prohibiting Trafficking in Human Eggs?

I say Yes! And it is partly because of stories like this, which highlight the growth of reproductive tourism. Let’s face it. Reproductive technologies are expensive and the industry is a multi-billion dollar worldwide enterprise. In order to keep the consumers costs low, people in need of eggs are willing to travel in order to […]

Read the full article →

EU Court Won’t Impose Euthanasia

The European Court of Human Rights has refused to impose euthanasia on the EU based on the right to family life. From the Reuters story: The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that it’s up to individual countries to decide on euthanasia. It also decided, however, that the German courts should not have thrown […]

Read the full article →

UK Disabled Man Asks Court Permission to be Murdered

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The UK is currently in one of its periodic outbreaks of assisted suicide advocacy. It just turned into euthanasia advocacy as a completely paralyzed man is asking for permission to be murdered without legal consequence to the murderer. From the AP story: Former rugby player […]

Read the full article →

Austrian Law Banning Egg and Sperm Donation In a Single IVF Procedure Upheld

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The European Union’s right to “family life” is being used for potentially pernicious purposes. For example, as we discussed several months ago, the European Court of Human Rights (UCHR) has taken a case that will decide whether the right includes to make a family member […]

Read the full article →

EU Bans Patents on Embryonic Stem Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Good. As anticipated, the EU’s top court has banned patents on embryonic stem cells as EU law prohibits patenting products that came from destroying embryos. From the France International News story: Europe’s top court on Tuesday banned researchers from patenting any process to extract stem […]

Read the full article →