by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.
No other area of philosophy has captured my interests like bioethics. Thinking about the ways that we can use health care to justly distribute opportunities and what those opportunities are is my greatest interest. My specific interest in biomedical enhancement stems from my interests in the relationship between health care and opportunities. As health is essential to living the kind of lives that we want to live, I’m always thinking about how traditional practices and advances in health care can help us lead better lives, even when there is nothing medically abnormal about or minds or bodies.…
This sad story in the Chicago Tribune powerfully illustrates why one grandmother could not consent to comfort care only for her grandson.
The grandmother’s daughter had been shot by a gang member while still pregnant. ”To Jefferson, the baby looked just like her daughter — her face, her color, her hands. But doctors told her [the baby] would remain in a persistent vegetative state, unable to see, hear or breathe on his own.” Clinicians “urged her to remove him from life support, telling her his condition would never improve.”
The grandmother “set the date to pull the plug — Oct. 20, 2011, what would have been her daughter’s 18th birthday. But she had a change of heart as she entered Advocate Christ Medical Center that day.
“I couldn’t see turning the machine off on him . . .. Who am I to judge whether he lives or dies, OK? I think at (the hospital) a lot of them were kind of disappointed with me because they thought actually I was
going to turn the machine off. . . . But my faith didn’t allow me to do it.”
Law, & Society Critical Research Network
and Society Association Annual Meeting
May 28 – May 31, 2015
The Aging, Law, and Society Critical Research
Network (CRN) invites scholars to participate in a multi-event workshop
sponsored by the CRN as part of the Law and Society Association’s 2014 Annual
Meeting. The Aging, Law & Society
CRN brings together scholars from across disciplines to share research and
ideas about the relationship between law and aging, including how the law
responds the needs of persons as they age and how law shapes the aging
At this year’s
meeting, the CRN will sponsor two primary types of panels at the annual
meeting: (1) themed panel presentations
on topics selected by the programming committee; and (2) workshops in which
scholars present works-in-progress and receive commentary from an assigned
Accordingly, the CRN encourages paper proposals on a broad range of issues
related to law and aging. However, we
especially encourage proposals on the following topics:
approaches to elder law and old age policy;
interaction between elder law and labor and employment law;
and empirical methodologies for studying law and aging;
conference theme: law’s promises and law’s pathos in
domestic and transnational contexts.
addition to paper proposals, we also welcome:
Ideas and proposals for themed panels: In particular, please email Nina Kohn at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are already planning a
panel that you would like to have featured as part of the Aging, Law, and
Society CRN; and
Volunteers to serve as commentators on works-in-progress.
If you would like to present a paper as part of a the CRN’s
programming, please send a 400-500 word
abstract, with your name, full contact information, and a paper title to
both Nina Kohn (email@example.com) and Nancy
Knauer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please indicate the stage at which the paper
will be, or is expected to be, in May of 2014.
If you wish to present a paper showcasing a research methodology, please
send additional copies to Israel Doron (email@example.com) and Daphna Hacker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
submit all proposals for paper presentations by no later than October 1, 2014.
Earlier submissions are highly
encouraged and will be given priority.
In study after study after study, researchers bemoan
persistently mediocre rates of advance care planning.
So, I was delighted to hear the Medical Director or Honoring Choices Minnesota, Ken Gephart, announce at a recent conference that…
The slow and cumbersome nature of litigation often means that the status quo is preserved for a long time, until judgment. In the context of end-of-life medical treatment, this usually means that the patient’s biological existence is perpetuated …
At a recent conference held for the leadership of state veterinary medical associations, I had the opportunity to listen to the sobering economic statistics that veterinary medicine faces. These are not, by the way, altogether new or shocking (I’ve listened to them and read them well before the average new graduate entered the profession with the 2.7:1 debt to income ratio of the Class of… // Read More »
Brian Goldman recently published The Secret Language of Doctors. In 330 pages, Goldman exposes the clandestine phrases that doctors use to describe patients, situations and even colleagues they detest. This book reveals modern medical c…
Last weekend, I quickly summarized a futility case now pending before the Supreme Court of Maine: In re A.P. [Aleah Peaslee], KEN-14-192.
This is not a traditional futility conflict, because it is not between the patient’s surrogate and the pati…
Not surprisingly, a number of disability groups have expressed concern to the Disability Rights Legal Center about its recent hiring of Kathryn Tucker.
For example: ”We wish to engage in dialogue with you about the serious concerns we have over Ms. Tucker’s work in her previous position at Compassion & Choices that has placed members of the disability community in significant danger.”
I really hope that this dialogue happens. I hope that it will be productive in softening disability groups opposition to aid in dying. Or at least this dialogue might clarify that there are at least two distinct camps among disability rights advocates: those who support AID and those who oppose it.