End Third-Party Conception Arrangements

first_imgCBC Network August 2014I’m no fan of third-party reproduction. Anybody who reads my writings or who has watched any of the three documentary films I have produced on the topic knows that these arrangements in my view are fraught with medical, ethical, and legal problems that affect women and the children they produce in negative ways.Take the breaking news of Baby Gammy in Thailand: The surrogate mother was carrying twins for the intended parents and did not know until late in her pregnancy that Baby Gammy had Down syndrome; allegedly the parents did not want the disabled child and asked the surrogate mother to abort the disabled fetus; the surrogate mother refused, carried the fetus to term, and is now parenting that child. Or consider the story breaking in Italy about an embryo mix-up, in which a woman just gave birth to the twins of the wrong couple; or the case of the wealthy young Japanese businessman who has fathered 13 babies via surrogacy. These stories should wake the world up to the gross human-rights abuses of women and children in the surrogate-mother industry. Even here in America we have our own surrogacy story gone very badly wrong: The estrangement of Sherri Shepherd, a former host of The View, from her husband, Lamar Sally, has left the future of their baby, conceived using egg donation and surrogacy, very uncertain. The couple is involved in a heated dispute over whether Ms. Shepherd has a legal obligation toward the child.In the wake of the Baby Gammy scandal, industry stakeholders came forward immediately to offer their assessment of the problem as well as suggestions for its solution. To no one’s surprise, they proposed regulation as the solution to stopping these kinds of atrocities. If only Australia allowed commercial surrogacy, they say, infertile and same-sex couples would not have to go to Thailand to have a baby. Bring surrogacy home, clean it up, get rid of the extremely bad actors, and all will go well in the end. Contracts, enforceable and clearly spelled out, will deal with mix-ups and changed minds. Informed consent will be the ultimate protection. In other words, you signed up for this, so let the cards fall where they may.An Australian law professor, recognizing the unequal status of surrogates and egg donors in relation to wealthy intended parents, made this audacious statement: “Yes, there are massive disparities of wealth, and education and information, but why does that mean in a reproductive endeavour that a [third-world] woman can’t make a decision of her own?”http://www.cbc-network.org/2014/08/end-third-party-conception-arrangements/?utm_source=CBC+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ef8bd3f39a-2014_08_14_Misc&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_56f2fc828e-ef8bd3f39a-70772305&mc_cid=ef8bd3f39a&mc_eid=e458a49e38last_img read more

MBB : On the block: Position-by-position breakdown of Syracuse vs. Rutgers

first_img Published on February 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm Point guardScoop Jardine vs. Mike CoburnIt’s amazing what a little familiarity can do for a point guard. Even if Coburn is nowhere near as skilled in the passing game as Jardine, the senior from Mount Vernon, N.Y., has a weapon at his disposal that is equal to what Jardine has: a running mate he has known forever. Jardine’s childhood counterpart is SU stalwart Rick Jackson. For Coburn, the Scarlet Knights’ best player in Jonathan Mitchell grew up on the Lower Westchester playgrounds with the 6-foot point guard. Coburn rarely goes for points and will struggle more against SU’s zone. It’s what he is groomed for. It’s hard not to see Jardine having the advantage in this matchup.Advantage: SyracuseShooting guardAdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrandon Triche vs. James BeattyRick Jackson was SU’s MVP through the first 25 games. Triche has taken that title in the last two. With Jackson struggling, Triche says he finally recognized he needed to assert himself in the SU offense, and against Louisville and West Virginia he went for 41 total points. SU head coach Jim Boeheim says Triche needs to be a scorer. Against the very average Beatty (averaging 8.7 points per game), Triche will have a chance to eclipse his season average of 11.2 points per game.Advantage: SyracuseSmall forwardKris Joseph vs. Dane MillerJoseph is coming off a pretty complete performance against West Virginia, but to Jim Boeheim, Joseph’s game is still not where it should be. Miller will be a challenge in some aspects of the game. For example, he’s fifth in the Big East in blocks per game. But he has also proven the ability to not be much of an offensive threat at times, evidenced by his zero-point, one-rebound performance against Seton Hall last Saturday. He doesn’t compare with a player the caliber of Joseph.Advantage: SyracusePower forwardRick Jackson vs. Jonathan MitchellThis is where Jackson will look to exploit Rutgers’ lack of overall size, because on offense he’ll have the ability to match up against the undersized Mitchell. Rutgers will undoubtedly double- and even triple-team Jackson, so SU’s other shooters have to step up. Mitchell’s claim to fame recently has been a four-point play that won his team a game over Villanova, but he’s been lighting up the scoreboard lately with at least 20 points in five of six games.Advantage: EvenCenterBaye Moussa Keita vs. Gilvydas BirutaIt’s a matchup of two freshmen here, and it includes the freshman who should be starting at center for SU. Moussa Keita is a starter by name only. Most of the time, C.J. Fair’s subbed in for Moussa Keita in the past two games. On the other side, Biruta has impressed in his freshman season. He’s among the top three freshmen in the Big East in field-goal percentage (first), free-throw percentage (first) and rebounding (third).Advantage: RutgersBenchRutgers’ bench has some spark, including wing Mike Poole and forward Austin Johnson, who leads the team in field-goal percentage. But the biggest factor off the bench will be from SU. That would be C.J. Fair, who has played an average of 35 minutes in the past two games. He’s averaging more than 10 points per game in his last three. Will Fab Melo get some minutes here?Advantage: Syracuse Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Top of the table clash highlights KPL MW16

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC players celebrating. Photo/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 1 – League leaders Bandari FC clash against Mathare United at their Mbaraki Complex stable in Mombasa this weekend in the top of the table clash that will be the highlight of the Kenyan premier League match week 16.The dockers lead the standings with 31 points, two ahead of Mathare United who picked up steam after a five-match lull, and basing on the form of the two sides, this promises to be a cracker of a match down at the coast. Bandari boss Bernard Mwalala has already warned Mathare they are meeting up with a highly charged and confident team and says his boys are eager to retain their hold on the number one spot for at least one more week.“The run we have had has really helped in pushing the confidence of the players up. The belief is there and they know they have the ability to win and challenge for the title. We lost against Homeboyz but the response from the team has been immense,” Mwalala noted.Bandari FC head coach Bernard Mwalala during a training session at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBandari saw their unbeaten start to the season halted with a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Homeboyz in Kakamega, but they have made some heavy statement of response with four wins and a draw in their last five games to scale to the summit of the standings.This, is despite the fact they have had to constantly rotate the squad due to injuries.“I have had players who are always hungry to step up and those who have come in when our first team players were injured have done an exceptional job. I am happy with the depth we have and it shows we are a team and not reliant on individuals,” Mwalala opined.History hugely favors Mathare in this tie. Bandari has beaten the slum boys only once in 16 league meetings, and that was in 2017 when they won 1-0 in Nairobi.Mathare has won seven of the 16 meetings, four of them in Mombasa while eight ended in draws, five of them in the tourist city.Mathare United midfielder Kevin Kimani wheels away in celebration after scoring the opener against Posta Rangers in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 29, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDespite the bleak history with Mathare, Mwalala still beams with some confidence his side can pick up all three points.“We know we are facing a very good team with talented players and an equally good technical bench and we know it’s not going to be easy. But we are ready and we want to get a win at home,” the tactician affirmed.Mathare bounced back from their hot and cold run with a late show against AFC Leopards, winning 2-0 with goals scored in the final five minutes.The slum boys, early league pacesetters, look to bounce back to the top as three points will lift them above Bandari with head coach Francis Kimanzi clearly stating his side want to be a league chasing force.-AFC Leopards seek western delight-AFC Leopards players hurdle together before the Mashemeji Derby against rivals Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium on February 9, 2019Meanwhile, under fire AFC Leopards look to be turning back to the spirit of their ancestors to try and lift the side off the bottom of the pile as they moved their clash against Sony Sugar to the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.The match was initially set for the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, but with a pathetic run of six consecutive losses, a change in environment, and most specifically to an area they enjoy unwavering support, was inevitable.New boss Cassa Mbungo is yet to celebrate victory for Ingwe since joining in after the sacking of Marko Vasiljevic and worse is that under his tenure, the team has only scored once, in the 2-1 defeat to Mount Kenya United.The club’s defensive record has also been one to forget as in the six losses, they have shipped in 12 goals, an average of two per game.They come up against a Sony Sugar side that sits seventh in the standings and beaming with confidence after back to back wins including their last assignment at home against Western Stima where they won 4-0.But history favors Ingwe who have beaten Sony 10 times in their last 20 league meetings, and they also won both home and away ties last season without conceding a goal.Leopards desperately need victory to move off the basement and a win will take them up max to 15th if Vihiga, Mount Kenya United and Zoo Kericho all lose.-Sofapaka look to bounce back-Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza glances at his stop watch during a training session in Ruiru on February 1, 2019. PHOTO/SofapakaOn Sunday, 2009 champions Sofapaka who saw their run of wins halted by Gor Mahia will look to bounce back to winning ways when they host KCB in Machakos.Sofapaka lost 1-0 to Gor in Nakuru then followed that up with a 2-2 draw away to Kakamega Homeboyz last weekend, Brian Magonya rescuing a point with a thunderous 92nd minute goal.Head coach John Baraza who looks to guide the team to the title this season has warned his side that a further drop in points will see them lose pace with the leaders and has urged his charges to go for maximum points against the bankers.“The good thing is that in those two matches we have been playing well just that sometimes results don’t come. But our morale is not affected at all. We have to keep fighting and in training I have been happy with what I have seen with the players,” Baraza said.He added; “KCB is a very good team with quality young players and we know it will be tough for us. But we are ready for the tie and hopefully luck is on our side and we win. Our target is to finish the first leg within the top three at least.”Sofapaka are fifth in the standings with 24 points and victory will see them jump to fourth if Tusker FC fail to win away to Nzoia Sugar.KPL weekend fixtures (All games 3pm)Saturday: Kariobangi Sharks v Chemelil Sugar (Kasarani), Mount Kenya United v Homeboyz (Machakos), Bandari v Mathare United (Mombasa), AFC Leopards v Sony Sugar (Bukhungu), Nzoia Sugar v Tusker (Bungoma), Western Stima v Vihiga United (Kisumu)Sunday: Sofapaka v KCB (Machakos), Zoo Kericho v Posta Rangers (Kericho)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more