FROM Debora Spar
The Baby Industry In Spain this week, the world's oldest new mother gave birth to twin babies at the age of 67, as the age of possible motherhood rises higher and higher. The fastest growing age group for motherhood is no longer 20-year olds but women in their 40's, all due to advancing fertility treatments. But the technology is developing faster than the answers to troubling questions about medicine, ethics and society as a whole. What does the high-tech fertility industry mean for a woman's health and her baby's future? What are the social and ethical consequences of a new kind of business? We talk to doctors, ethicists, an egg donor and a mother of children born from the eggs of another.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."