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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Virginia Man's Plea Bargain Includes Vasectomy

Northern Virginia Daily (6/13): Edinburg Man's Plea Deal Includes Vasectomy, by Joe Beck:

An Edinburg man will undergo a vasectomy as part of an agreement in which he pleaded guilty to child endangerment, hit and run driving and driving on a suspended license...

Jessie Lee Herald, 27, was also sentenced to a total of one year and eight months in prison and three years supervised probation and two years unsupervised probation. . . .

July 9, 2014 in Men and Reproduction, Sterilization | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Publicly Shames Ex-Fiance for her Alleged Abortion

Jezebel: Floyd Mayweather Posts Ex's Sonogram, Accuses Her of 'Killing Babies', by Erin Gloria Ryan: 

Earlier this year, boxer Floyd Mayweather got dumped by his fiancee Shantel Jackson after he allegedly cheated on her. But Mayweather has since apparently gone batshit insane, insisting that it was he who dumped her, and that he did it because she had "a abortion." To support this accusation, he posted what he claims are images from a sonogram Jackson had in December. Holy shit.

Mayweather posted the images — complete with identifying details and measurements, which we've blurred out — to Facebook this morning . . . .

May 3, 2014 in Abortion, Culture, Men and Reproduction | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Study Finds that Men's "Biological Clock" Means Higher Risk of Mental Illness in Children Born to Older Fathers

The New York Times:  Mental Illness Risk Higher for Children of Older Fathers, Study Finds, by Benedict Carey:

Children born to middle-aged men are more likely than those born to younger fathers to develop any of a range of mental difficulties, including attention deficits, bipolar disorder, autism and schizophrenia, according to the most comprehensive study to date of paternal age and offspring mental health. . . . 

. . . Men have a biological clock of sorts because of random mutations in sperm over time, the report suggests, and the risks associated with later fatherhood may be higher than previously thought. The findings were published on Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. . . . 

March 1, 2014 in Fertility, Medical News, Men and Reproduction | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Review of "God's Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis"

Salon: The 10 strangest facts about penises, by Tracy Clark-Flory:

Simone de Beauvoir called it “a small person … an alter ego usually more sly … and more clever than the individual.” Leonardo da Vinci said it “has dealings with human intelligence and sometimes displays an intelligence of its own.” Sophocles said that having one was to be “chained to a madman.”

These great thinkers were referring so exasperatedly, so powerlessly, to none other than the penis. That’s a lot of hype for a body part that can “be seen as something the Creator doodled in an idle moment,” as Tom Hickman puts it in the new book, “God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis.”  . . .

November 4, 2013 in Books, Men and Reproduction | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 12, 2013

California Bill Prompts Question: When Does a Sperm Donor Become a Father?

The Los Angeles Times - op-ed: Assisted reproduction: When does a father become one?, by Naomi Cahn & June Carbone:

A bill in the California Senate would add to uncertainty about parenthood in cases of donated sperm.

When does a man become a father — the legally recognized parent of a child, responsible for support and eligible for custody? Historically, parenthood has involved something more than simply a biological connection. In some eras that meant the law recognized only fathers who married the mothers. Today, recognition extends to unmarried parents who raise a child together.

The new question on the table is whether it extends to a man who donates sperm to a woman and establishes a relationship with the child. . . .

August 12, 2013 in Assisted Reproduction, Men and Reproduction, State Legislatures | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Comedian Rob Delaney on Why He Cares About A Woman's Right to Choose

The Guardian UK: Why I Support Women's Access to Safe, Legal Abortion, by Rob Delaney:

I so love my kids, I can be envious of my wife for carrying them when pregnant. But I care about her right to choose just as much

I support a woman's right to safe, legal abortion because centuries of history shows us that women are going to get abortion whether they are safe and legal or not. And when they're not safe and legal, these women will often die terrible or be damaged irreparably. . . .

July 6, 2013 in Abortion, Culture, Men and Reproduction | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Reflections on a "Different Kind of Fatherhood"

The New York Times - Well blog: A Different Kind of Fatherhood, by David Tuller:

I came out long before gay men yearned for weddings, much less baby showers. In 1979, when I was 22, New York offered young men like me many freedoms, including the freedom to not have to propagate. Like many other gay men — and like many straight men — I had not been close to my own father. I could not imagine wiping runny noses, attending parent-teacher conferences or playing Candy Land.

In my 30s I moved to San Francisco and, to my surprise, found myself contemplating parenthood. . . .

June 16, 2013 in Men and Reproduction, Parenthood | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Glenn Cohen and Travis Coan on Mandatory Sperm Donor Identification

I. Glenn Cohen and Travis G. Coan (both of Harvard Law School) have posted Can You Buy Sperm Donor Identification? An Experiment. Here is the abstract:

In the United States, most sperm donations are anonymous. By contrast, many developed nations require sperm donors to be identified, typically requiring new sperm (and egg) donors to put identifying information into a registry that is made available to a donor-conceived child once they reach the age of 18. Recently, advocates have pressed U.S. states to adopt these registries as well, and state legislatures have indicated openness to the idea. This study re-lies on a self-selected convenience sample to experimentally examine the economic implications of adopting a mandatory sperm donor identification regime in the U.S. Our results support the hypothesis that subjects in the treatment (non-anonymity) condition need to be paid significantly more, on average, to donate their sperm. When restricting our attention to only those subjects that would ever actually consider donating sperm, we find that individuals in the control condition are willing-to-accept an average of $$43 to donate, while individuals in the treatment group are willing-to-accept an aver-age of $74. These estimates suggest that it would cost roughly $31 per sperm donation, at least in our sample, to require donors to be identified. This price differential roughly corresponds to that of a major U.S. sperm bank that operates both an anonymous and identify release programs in terms of what they pay donors.

June 7, 2013 in Assisted Reproduction, Bioethics, Men and Reproduction | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, May 20, 2013

In Midst of Plan B Uproar, Availability of Condoms Isn't Questioned

The Los Angeles Times - op-ed: A birth control double standard, by Meg Waite Clayton:

Condoms are readily available without identification. Why not Plan B?

In the uproar about making the morning-after contraceptive known as Plan B available to our daughters, there has been no similar outcry about condoms and our sons. Anyone of any age can walk into a drugstore — as well as most grocery and big-box stores — and buy condoms. . . .

May 20, 2013 in Contraception, Culture, Men and Reproduction, Teenagers and Children | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Kara Swanson on the "End of Men"

Kara Swanson (Northeastern Univ. School of Law) has posted The End of Men, Again on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

The current attention to the “end of men” is occurring as men’s role as biological fathers is becoming radically deemphasized through assisted reproductive technologies and alternative family formation. As other historians have noted, since the nineteenth century, there have been serial crises of masculinity in the United States, in which the perceived loss of power by white middle-class heterosexual men has been decried. This essay, written for an on-line forum considering Hanna Rosin's The End of Men, analyzes the current crisis in the context of earlier explorations of the biological end of men, from early twentieth century feminist utopian fiction to lesbian dreams of virgin birth in the 1970s.

May 13, 2013 in Assisted Reproduction, Men and Reproduction, Scholarship and Research | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Medical Groups Encourage Screening for Reproductive Coercion

Medical News Today:  Reproductive Coercion Common in Abusive Relationships, by Kelly Fitzgerald:

Adolescent girls and women should now be screened for reproductive coercion, a form of abuse that occurs when male partners sabotage their contraception intentionally.

This form of abuse, known as reproductive coercion, can manifest in several ways, such as deliberately giving a partner a sexually transmitted disease (STIs), forcing a partner to have an undesired abortion or pregnancy, or seizing control of a woman's contraceptive pills. . . .

January 27, 2013 in Abortion, Contraception, Medical News, Men and Reproduction, Reproductive Health & Safety, Sexually Transmitted Disease | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Udo Schuklenk on European Debate Over Male Circumcision

Udo Schuklenk (Queen’s University) has posted Europe Debates Circumcision...And What About the Child's Best Interest? on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Image1

This Editorial discusses the ethics of male circumcision on the background of current debates within various European countries about this practice.

 

December 17, 2012 in International, Men and Reproduction, Scholarship and Research, Teenagers and Children | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Restaurateur Charged with Murder for Attempting to Cause Girlfriend's Miscarriage by Poisoning Her

The Los Angeles Times: Restaurateur accused of poisoning girlfriend to cause miscarriage, by Andrew Blankstein:

Joshua Woodward, an investor in Los Angeles and Miami restaurants, pleads not guilty to four counts of attempted murder.

A prominent restaurateur pleaded not guilty Wednesday to multiple counts of attempted murder after prosecutors said he tried to cause his pregnant girlfriend to miscarry by poisoning her with a substance known to induce labor. . . .

H/T: Amanda Zoda & Carol Sanger

October 18, 2012 in Abortion, In the Courts, Men and Reproduction, State and Local News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

New York Times Op-Ed Contributor Asks, "Does “Mankind” Really Need Men?

The New York Times op-ed: Men, Who Needs Them?, by Greg Hampikian:

Mammals are named after their defining characteristic, the glands capable of sustaining a life for years after birth — glands that are functional only in the female. And yet while the term “mammal” is based on an objective analysis of shared traits, the genus name for human beings, Homo, reflects an 18th-century masculine bias in science.

That bias, however, is becoming harder to sustain, as men become less relevant to both reproduction and parenting. Women aren’t just becoming men’s equals. It’s increasingly clear that “mankind” itself is a gross misnomer: an uninterrupted, intimate and essential maternal connection defines our species. . . .

August 25, 2012 in Assisted Reproduction, Men and Reproduction | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Experimental Cancer Drug Shows Promise as Male Oral Contraceptive

CBS News – Healthpop.com: Experimental cancer drug makes mice infertile without side effects, scientists claim male birth control discovery, by Ryan Jaslow:

Image1 (CBS News) A male birth control pill advanced one step closer to reality, a team of cancer and fertility researchers announced Thursday after their latest discovery. . . .

August 23, 2012 in Contraception, Medical News, Men and Reproduction | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

German Court Bans Religious Circumcisions of Boys Too Young To Consent

The Chicago Tribune/Reuters: German court bans circumcision of young boys:

Jewish and Muslim groups protested on Wednesday after a German court banned the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons in the first ruling of its kind in the country.

The court in the western city of Cologne handed down the decision on Tuesday in the case of a doctor prosecuted for circumcising a four-year-old Muslim boy who had to be treated two days later for post-operative bleeding. . . .

June 27, 2012 in In the Courts, International, Men and Reproduction, Religion, Religion and Reproductive Rights | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Supporters of Male Contraception Still Waiting

Salon.com: Stop our sperm, please, by Irin Carmon:

Meet the men who want better male birth control -- and want it badly

Lenny Smalls, whose Facebook page says he lives in Chicago and works as a transportation analyst, is very interested in long-acting, reversible male contraception. According to his posts on a fan page for one form being tested — known as RISUG or Vasalgel — Smalls is sufficiently frustrated by the pace of such drugs coming to the U.S. market to have begun personally testing an Indonesian herbal product called gandarusa. . . .

June 15, 2012 in Contraception, Men and Reproduction | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Female Legislators Protest Restrictions on Women's Reproductive Health By Focusing on Men

NPR Health blog: In Protest, Democrats Zero In On Men's Reproductive Health, by Teresa Tomassoni: 

For perhaps the first time in recent history, male reproductive health is at the forefront of political debate.

In at least six states, lawmakers — all women and all Democrats — have proposed bills or amendments in the last few weeks that aim to regulate a man's access to reproductive health care. It's their way of responding to the ongoing debate around contraception and abortion, said Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University.

Some would prohibit men from getting vasectomies, such as Georgia's House Bill 1116, which states:

"Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies.". . . 

March 18, 2012 in Abortion, Contraception, Men and Reproduction, Politics, State Legislatures | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Wilmington City Council Passes Satirical Sperm Personhood Resolution

The Huffington Post: Wilmington City Council Passes Resolution Urging 'Personhood' Rights For Sperm, by Luke Johnson:

The Wilmington City Council has a message for men -- sperm are people, too.

The council for Delaware's largest city passed a resolution by an 8-4 vote Thursday calling on the Delaware legislature, other state legislatures and the U.S. Congress to pass laws granting "personhood" rights to eggs and sperm. The resolution was authored by councilwoman Loretta Walsh as a protest in the current battle over women's health care access. . . .

March 2, 2012 in Fetal Rights, Men and Reproduction, State and Local News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Time for Men to Speak Up for Women’s Reproductive Rights

Huffington Post: Where Are the Men?, by Robert Walker:

All across America, women are responding to the latest attacks on their reproductive health and rights. Female legislators, leading feminists and concerned women everywhere are fighting back. Good for them, but where are the men?

On the other side of the reproductive divide, there is no shortage of men. There was no shortage of men when a U.S. House oversight committee last week pulled together a panel of "expert" witnesses to testify against requiring health insurers to cover contraceptives for women who work for religiously-affiliated organizations. The majority on the committee called 11 witnesses. They were all men. That's why women on the committee walked out in protest. . . .

February 29, 2012 in Anti-Choice Movement, Congress, Men and Reproduction, State Legislatures | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)