26 Letters

posted May 18, 2017, 7:41 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 18, 2017, 7:41 AM ]

Ethical Issues in IVF

Sir, An insignificant Australian company, Baby Bee Hummingbirds, is converting discarded IVF embryos into keepsake jewellery!

"This is so undignified that it has hit rock-bottom! The solution is to stop creating surplus embryos and freezing them, so that parents aren't left with these ethical dilemmas," said Dr Jennifer Lahl, founder and president of the California-based Center for Bioethics.

"It loses sight of the fact that children are gifts and blessings from God, and not something that we have a right to do as we please." However, Lahl stressed the need for compassion for those who have used IVF to treat infertility. "We need to understand that infertility is a real grief."


Nuns rehabilitate sex workers

Sir, This refers to "Adorers nuns to rehabilitate sex workers" (Examiner dated May 13-19). At the outset, it is commendable for the Sisters Adorers to open a house for sex workers and victims of human trafficking in the state of Punjab. "God bless these holy women for their commitment!" As per reports, The United Nations Population Fund estimates that between 700,000 and 2 million women are trafficked annually across International borders. This apart, our religious have always tackled large social problems, and human trafficking is the new call. Most of us will agree that this type of work is not pretty, not rosy, but women religious have an advantage in understanding the situation, since they are approached by victims in dire need who see a religious sister as someone to trust!


A Tribute to a Living Mother

Sir, Mother's Day is celebrated worldwide on the second Sunday of May every year. This is the day many like me turn to God and say a big "Thank You" for blessing us with such a wonderful mother. I can understand the feelings, and my heart goes out to those many people who have lost their mothers at a very young age. I am sure they have missed out the very essence of living and loving which only a mother can provide. Of course, there are quite a few fathers who step into the shoes by playing the dual role of both father and mother in giving the best to their children. But a mother is a mother. Your life is incomplete to a great extent, if you have missed a mother's love and her gentle touch.

For over a year, I was thinking of this tribute to a 'Living Mother'. We generally have the tendency of always keeping it to the last, and expressing our gratitude when that person is no more. It is improper when the person is dead and gone, by offering a tribute at the funeral, rather than expressing your concern and affection when they are living.

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Dangers of Oral Contraceptives

Sir, A Swedish study reported on May 4, 2017, that women on the 'pill' are more likely to feel decreased vitality, mood swings and depression! They responded that they feel poorly overall and have a reduced sense of well-being – from a double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trial that was published in the journal, Fertility and Sterility.

This new research also comes from a 2016 Danish study of more than a million women, which found that birth-control pills were also linked to 'depression' and anti-depressant use, particularly among teenagers!

"An estimated 100 million women globally medicate these pills which make up $23 billion of the oral contraceptive market! Yet, surprisingly little is known of the pills' effects on women's health," said professor Angelica Hirschberg, one of the study's authors.
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Pranab's (parting) Tribute

Sir, Releasing a book "India's Indira: A Centennial Tribute" President Pranab Mukherjee, said (and I quote): Indira Gandhi is the "most acceptable ruler, Prime Minister of a democratic country even today."

Further, he hailed Indira as "one of the most remarkable personalities of the 20th Century."