Ideology or evidence?  The battle over abortion pills

The debate about the use of abortion pills at home is one of a number of controversial issues where I believe that we are increasingly seeing the triumph of ideology over evidence. I’ve explained elsewhere what the current practice is but, briefly, medical abortions (as […]

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Conway assisted suicide case – autonomy is not absolute and this appeal should be dismissed

Watch my previous Sky News interview on the Conway case here. A 67-year-old Shropshire man with motor neurone disease (MND) who wants help from doctors to kill himself has been granted permission to appeal an earlier decision rejecting his case. The judgement was handed down today […]

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A Christian framework for medical ethical decision-making

How should Christians make ethical decisions? Should we use secular decision-making systems that are deontological (rule-based) or consequentialist (outcome based)? Or can we derive an ethical framework from the Bible? Christians are called to imitate God (Ephesians 5:2), imitate Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1) and to […]

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Reshuffling health and social care – finding models that work

Monday’s cabinet reshuffle has opened up some interesting possibilities. With Jeremy Hunt not only staying on as Secretary of State for Health, he has now widened his official remit / title to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with the current Department of Health […]

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Some Big Public Policy Challenges in Bioethics we can expect in 2018

As we look forward to the challenges that 2018 will bring I am struggling to think of a time when we have faced more major public policy challenges in bioethics in so many areas all at once. This is perhaps inevitable given the march of […]

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