"What are the moral implications of genome editing?" is the question that has been posed by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics regarding the new CRISPR-Cas9 mediated germ-line genome editing technique, which allows targeted modification of DNA sequences at the level of the germ-line, i.e. gametes (eggs and sperm).
Last Wednesday, Mississippi petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision that is keeping the state's only remaining abortion clinic open--for now. The clinic is under threat of closure, thanks to a 2012 state law that requires abortion clinic doctors to gain admitting privileges at local hospitals.
"Shame", "hurt" -- the emotional trigger words are being used to turn the clock back to the dark ages when women had no voice, no power, no control of their own lives. As one who has been hurt, not by abortion but by powerlessness, and who strenuously objects to shaming, I declined the invitation. Women deserve better.
Conservatives just love the Constitution -- or at least they say they do. The thing is that they don't seem to have any idea how it works. At least that's a more charitable explanation than saying they don't care how the Constitution works and merely use it as a fig leaf while they undermine the rights it guarantees.
Planning and preventing pregnancy is not only a personal choice; it's a human right that saves lives, combats poverty, and helps to close the inequality gap. But more than that it's a crucial requirement for slowing population growth and, in turn, saving the planet from its greatest threat--climate change.
Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.