transplants

Interesting speculation.

Feminists, get ready: pregnancy and abortion are about to be disrupted

Hold onto your ovaries folks, womb transplants are here. Ten UK women have been approved for the procedure, and babies born from donated uteruses could crawl among us as early as next year.

Leaving aside the ethical considerations of womb transplantation, our ability to gestate humans in novel locations is developing so quickly that it’s worth looking ahead to the next development: artificial wombs, or ectogenesis.  

What would it mean for the uterus – and therefore, the biological necessity of women’s reproductive labour – if it were to become obsolete?

Unlike other contested biotechnologies like human cloning, the demand for surrogacy speaks to a natural community of probable supporters for ectogenesis.

This baboon with a pig heart could save your life

A pig heart has been beating away in the body of a  baboon for 945 days — and it could be the key to saving human lives with animal parts. Xenotransplantation, the process of transferring an organ from one species to another, is nothing new. But thanks to a regime of immunosuppressive therapy drugs, five genetically modified pig hearts put into different baboons stayed alive. It’s exciting, but potentially dangerous.

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Amelia, who has a rare genetic condition called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, does have intellectual disabilities, along with various physical problems. But the Riveras found it shocking and unacceptable that her mental capacity could determine whether she lived or died.
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Disabled N.J. girl thrives, inspires after transplant. Amelia’s story shines light on medical care gap for people with intellectual disabilities.

Amelia Rivera was denied a kidney transplant because she was deemed “mentally retarded,” but her parents advocated for her, and she’s now doing well with her mother’s transplanted kidney. 

Having an intellectual disability - or any kind of disability - does not mean you should be denied access to the same health care that a nondisabled person would have.