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The human who may have secretly parent 200 infants

Published in Odd and Fun on 22nd July 2017

When Esther-Louise Heijs son asked if she could trace his genetic parent, she began a battle to find out whether she was deceived by her late doctor, Jan Karbaat, who is suspected of fathering up to 200 of his patients children Twenty five years ago, when she was 35, Esther-Louise Heij induced two decisions that […]

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My fertility problems stimulated me feel like a failing | Sarah Fletcher

Published in Odd and Fun on 22nd July 2017

After two years of struggling to conceive and an ectopic pregnancy, I eventually became pregnant. Women must not be made to feel that infertility is their fault When I started trying to conceive aged 26, I knew it wouldnt be easy I had endometriosis, polycystic ovaries and periods so infrequent that if everyone were like […]

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‘We felt cursed’: how altruistic surrogacy can give hope after years of heartache

Published in Odd and Fun on 19th July 2017

Jessie Thomas tells while she would recommend altruistic surrogacy to others, there should be room for some commercialisation of the industry Giving back is something Jessie and Marty Thomas have done their fair share of. Between them they have volunteered at various roles within their childrens sporting clubs and school surroundings and they help out […]

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UN recurs criticism of Ireland’s ‘cruel and inhumane’ abortion statutes

Published in Odd and Fun on 19th July 2017

Human rights committee finds in favour of Siobhn Whelan, who was denied abortion despite fatal foetal syndrome diagnosis The United Nations has again ruled that Irelands abortion statutes have subjected a woman to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. It is the second time in 12 months that the UNs human rights committee has denounced the […]

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David LaChapelle: can the monarch of hyper-real photography assist heal the world?

Published in Odd and Fun on 18th July 2017

The fashion photographer who defined the 90 s is back working with Diesel. In this age of greed and bullies, hes all about positivity David LaChapelle is sitting on a black leather sofa in a studio in Shoreditch, east London, rattling through a mind-boggling scope of subjects: the fall of Rome, the 1966 Texas University […]

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Brad and Angelina proved there’s no such thing as the perfect matrimony: so why do we feign?

Published in Odd and Fun on 18th July 2017

Recent research shows the number of exceedingly unhappy couples has doubled in the UK, but popular culture still clings to the fairytale ending Pretty much all the cliches of the fairytale( the noble prince, the helpless princess) have long been satirised, in everything from The Princess Bride to Shrek to the Zog volumes by the […]

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From dream to nightmare: when your sperm donor has secrets

Published in Odd and Fun on 14th July 2017

Having a baby by sperm gift is an intensely personal and emotional process. So what happens when you discover that the donor has a genetic health disorder? Sperm donor 9623 looked good on paper. An IQ of 160. A bachelors degree in neuroscience, a masters in artificial intelligence, en route to a PhD in neuroscience […]

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The bond between cancer survivors is strong. That’s why it’s so hard when we lose each other | Kira Goldenberg

Published in Odd and Fun on 12th July 2017

When youve had cancer, you make friends with people who share your experience of changed priorities. But theres a cost: fresh heartbreak is never far away Im taking a weekend trip to Canada next month. While Im there, Im staying with my friend who has cancer. I was supposed to have lunch the other day […]

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Experience: I regret transitioning

Published in Odd and Fun on 9th July 2017

I saw that it wasnt being female that was stopping me from being myself; it was societys perpetual oppression of women When I was a little girl living in the Midlands, I used to say, When I grow up, I want to be a boy. I even used to wee standing up. I loved playing […]

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‘We felt cursed’: how altruistic surrogacy can give hope after years of sorrow

Published in Odd and Fun on 8th July 2017

Jessie Thomas tells while she would recommend altruistic surrogacy to others, there should be room for some commercialisation of the industry Giving back is something Jessie and Marty Thomas have done their fair share of. Between them they have volunteered at various roles within their childrens sporting clubs and school surroundings and they help out […]

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