Xavier Symons

Xavier Symons is Deputy Editor of BioEdge, which is also published by New Media Foundation. He is doing a PhD in bioethics at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.

Gen X, Gen Y, Gen Z, Gen Planned Obsolescence
1 Nov 2019 | FEATURES |  
tags: CRISPR, gene-editing, human enhancement, Julian Savulescu
How will society change when parents enter gene-editing races to improve their kids?

Canada’s euthanasia law under fire after euthanasia of depressed patient
30 Sep 2019 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Canada, euthanasia, mental illness
61-year-old man was not terminally ill

Pill testing is not the answer to drug deaths at music festivals
25 Sep 2019 | FEATURES |  
tags: Millennials, music festivals, pill testing, recreational drugs
We shouldn’t support a victim culture amongst the post-Millennial generation

Disabled child abandoned in Ukraine shines light on troubled surrogacy industry
26 Aug 2019 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: commercial surrogacy, surrogacy, Ukraine
Children are being abandoned by their commissioning parents

Assisted dying bill reinforces deadly cultural assumptions
19 Jun 2019 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Victoria
Today euthanasia and assisted suicide become legal in the Australian state of Victoria

Is voluntary stopping of eating and drinking an ethical alternative?
15 Nov 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, VSED
Dying of thirst is a terrible way to die

New study casts doubt on effectiveness of euthanasia regulation in the Netherlands
9 Nov 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
Review committees struggle to judge if patients are eligible

Have Aboriginal people been consulted about same-sex marriage?
10 Oct 2017 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Aboriginal Australia, same-sex marriage
Minority voices are being ignored by Australia's Establishment

Why can’t we agree on same-sex marriage?
25 Sep 2017 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, incommensurability, rhetoric, same-sex marriage
Deep currents within our culture keep the opposing sides from communicating with each other

‘Existential distress’, not pain, drives euthanasia
31 May 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: canada, euthanasia, existential distress
Euthanasia victims in Canada tend to be white and relatively affluent

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