First published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and then the Washington Post, Glenn McGee makes the provocative claim that American Catholics aren’t any more likely to follow the most recent edict from the Vatican that Catholics should not use IVF for reproduction than they are heeding admonitions against using birth control.
The statistics say that only 4% of married Catholic couples use natural family planning–so what do you think the rest of them are using? So to extrapolate, what do you think that Catholic couples having trouble with fertility are going to do? Listen to Rome and not have a child or go see a fertility specialist and use reproductive technologies?…
At last we’ve found a few minutes to assemble the archive of The American Journal of Bioethics Editors’ blog through 2007 and publish them in an accessible venue. If you get nostalgic for the days when we translated documents about the Korean stem cell scandal, or those glorious years of the neocon bioethics movement, drop by and shuffle through thousands of posts on every topic in bioethics. Especially the “this didn’t really happen, did it?” chapter in the history of bioethics: who can forget, for example, that sunny morning when the President’s Commission on Bioethics’ chairman lobbied in the Senate Chambers bearing a paper copy of “the Bush 2nd term agenda for bioethics?”
Back then, everyone else had to identify that they weren’t an editor, except, um, the editor.…
Texas nurse Anne Mitchell has won a victory for whistleblowers everywhere after being sued under Texas law for reporting the physician she worked for as being malpracticable using confidential information.
He said that she had ruined his reputation, that she was malicious and had inappropriately used records to which she had access. I mean, how dare she? She’s a nurse! What is she doing looking through those medical records?
Apparently this doctor wouldn’t know a lot about medical ethics and records. He had previously been dinged by the Texas Medical Board in 2007 for $1,000 and “continuing medical education in the area of ethics, medical records and the treatment of obesity.”
Mitchell in her letter had claimed a set of 6 additional, more recent violations.…
What do you do when you are a Catholic hospital in value conflict? Ignore the Pope or ignore the indigent, the needs of American Catholics for birth control and abortions, and healthcare generally in conflict with the edicts of Rome?
It’s a tough call, but according to Jacob Appel today on the Huffington Post the saving grace is that doctors in these hospitals are still bound by the same ethical guidelines regardless of the kind of hospital they are working in, Catholic or not.
And thank goodness, I would really hate to have the Pope governing my healthcare decisions. So if you have to go to a Catholic healthcare institution, be glad that there are medical ethics guidelines for your healthcare professionals.…
Well, your first answer chould be, “Doesn’t everyone?”
But if the actual answer is, “I haven’t a clue”, then click on this link.
McGee, the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics, will discuss how science is giving us an opportunity, if not to actually live forever, to live an additional 25, 50, or 100 years in his inaugural lecture on February 24th at 6 PM.
But before you grab for that stem cell smoothie, McGee will ask his audience to grapple with many of the questions, not only of can we but of ought we extend our lives.…
As Arthur Caplan tells us in this week’s MSNBC column, one bad study and a zealot’s pursuit of a theory can lead an entire movement and entire generation of parents astray. This is, in effect, what Andrew Wakefield did with his now thoroughly debunked theory about the link between MMR vaccines and autism.
To read the column on the web, click here or read it in its entirety below.
Summer Johnson, PhD
How a zealot’s word led us astray on autism
A dozen years ago, a British physician named Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a paper in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet that did immeasurable harm to children.…