Medical miracles or tools of objectification?
Assisted reproductive therapies were presented as miraculous rays of hope for the infertile. This theme-based issue looks at how they may have become agents of the further objectification of women, whether as surrogate mothers or intending mothers; whether these problems are likely to be solved by the Surrogacy Bill; and from a wider perspective, how the ART industry seeks to arrest age and halt – and at times, reverse – the biological clock. Two authors from Nigeria analyse the preparedness of the country’s laws for the changing concept of parentage and the need for revision. A related letter describes the ‘three-parent baby’ experiment and its possible consequences.
With public anxiety over privacy and security concerns at its height, an author looks at the ethics of public health surveillance. The capacity for decision making among psychiatric patients and their relatives is examined in a study. Two commentators trace parallels between New Zealand’s infamous historical carcinoma cervix trials and unethical studies in India. An author questions the silence of the international medical associations on the anointing of Ketan Desai as president of the International Medical Association while under criminal investigation on serious charges.
In an obituary, we mourn the loss of Dr Jonathan Fine, a staunch humanist and fighter for the oppressed everywhere.
Cover credit: “I am here” by Dr Uma Kulkarni
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