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New Zealand's referendum on end of life choice is September 19, 2020. Parliament already passed the End of Life Choice Act, but it has not come into force. The Act will come into force only if more than 50% of voters in the referendum vo...

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The best chance of bringing the Coronavirus pandemic to an end with the least loss of life and the greatest return  to normality seems to be the introduction of an effective vaccine. But how should such a vaccine be distributed? To be effective, particularly in protecting the most vulnerable in the population, it would need […]

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A fair number of videos from last month's World Congress of Bioethics are available for free on Vimeo.

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A fair number of videos from last month's World Congress of Bioethics are available for free on Vimeo.

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by Andrew Helmers, MDCM, MHSc (Bioethics), MSc, FRCPC

The Journal of Vascular Surgery (and Irony) published a rather odd piece that set Twitter ablaze even amidst the wildfire that is COVID-19. The seemingly innocuous piece was entitled “Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons”; it was first published online in advance (December 2019), and was then formally published in the August edition of the journal in question, accompanied by a laudatory commentary piece. It was quickly retracted after the resultant public outcry, but its thankfully brief existence still warrants some reflection here as a cautionary tale vis-à-vis research ethics oversight and medical professionalism.…

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A central mandate of the ADA is to make the goods of society accessible to people with disabilities and overcome their segregation in civil society through reasonable accommodation that allows them to go to work, live with their neighbors, and avoid institutionalization. But let’s not delude ourselves with historic sentimentality as disability law is placed under tremendous stress by the pandemic.

The post The Americans with Disabilities Act at 30: A Cause for Celebration During Covid-19? appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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On Friday, the Texas Court of Appeals issued such a lengthy opinion on the constitutionality of TADA that one might think (like the dissenting justice) that the question has now been definitively answered. But it has not. The appeals court ruled on on...

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DeVonte Andrews, 18, was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Detroit. But his mother claimed that his condition was improving despite doctors at Ascension St. John Hospital declaring him brain dead. The case was starting to look like other ...

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Lamar Hankins is stepping down as chief blogger at The Good Death Society Blog. Next month, Final Exit Network board member and hospice chaplain Kevin Bradley takes over.

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Coincidentally, the same day that the Texas Court of Appeals ruled that the Texas Advance Directives Act is "likely unconstitutional," the British High Court of Justice ruled that Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children similarly violated principles ...

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