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11/23/2016

Christian ethics and the powerless

The recent political campaign and election week have had many of us thinking about politics and government. For those of us who look at bioethics from a biblical perspective we have had to think about how our perspective on moral issues affects public policy and how we as a people govern ourselves. What do we do when no one seems to support a public policy... // Read More »

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11/23/2016

Ethically Sound podcast: Full series now available

Since the Bioethics Commission was established by Executive Order by President Obama, the Bioethics Commission has released 10 reports on a variety of ethically challenging topics, and has provided recommendations on topics ranging from synthetic biology and neuroscience to whole genome sequencing and public health preparedness. Over the last 10 weeks, the Bioethics Commission has released its 10-episode podcast series Ethically Sound, based on the work produced by the Bioethics Commission. Each episode in the series focuses on a particularly salient ethical challenge that was addressed by the Bioethics Commission, and illustrates how these ethical challenges impact our society. All 10 episodes of Ethically Sound are now available on our website.

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11/23/2016

Drawing The Line Healthcare Rationing and the Cutoff Problem

Coming next month from Oxford University Press:  Drawing The Line Healthcare Rationing and the Cutoff Problem. Philip M. Rosoff discusses how to decide what should and should not be covered in a generous benefits plan for all. He considers a vari...

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11/22/2016

Avoiding Determination of Brain Death by Refusing Consent for Diagnostic Tests

Once clinicians have determined that a patient is dead by neurological criteria (DNC), they generally have no ongoing duty to "treat" that patient.  Accordingly, clinicians will stop physiological support like mechanical ventilation either im...

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11/22/2016

Seeing Red, Feeling Blue: Fordham Historians Discuss the 2016 Election

Following the 2016 election this month, a panel of historians at Fordham University discussed the results and President-Elect Trump through the lenses of different historical perspectives on November 22, 2016. The panelists discussed several issues including, but not limited to, Latino/hispanic votes, immigration, fascism and the “alt-right,” mistrust of the United States government, misogyny, white … More Seeing Red, Feeling Blue: Fordham Historians Discuss the 2016 Election

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11/21/2016

Ethically Sound Episode 10: Charting a Path Forward

The tenth and final episode of the Bioethics Commission’s podcast series, Ethically Sound, is now available. Today’s episode, “Charting a Path Forward,” focuses on the Bioethics Commission’s two most recent public meetings, during which the Bioethics Commission reflected on the impact of past, present, and future of national bioethics advisory bodies.

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11/21/2016

Behavioral Science Of Eating – In One Picture!

The Journal of the Association for Consumer Research (yes, there is such a thing!) had an outstanding issue dedicated to eating behavior recently. Here is a picture from that issue worth sharing:

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11/21/2016

Medical Ethics at Minnesota Children’s Hospital

I was delighted to be part of an ethics symposium, on Friday, at Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota.   I am not sure that we made much progress on resolving medical futility conflicts.  But it was pretty exciting to see such a b...

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11/20/2016

73% of Minnesotans Support Medical Aid in Dying

Derek Humphry blogs about a new Greenberg Quinlan Rosner survey that finds broad and deep support for medical aid in dying in Minnesota.

In principle, Minnesotans believe that medical aid in dying should be a legal option for terminally ill individuals by a margin of 53 points, 73 percent – 20 percent, including 55 percent who strongly believe so.

The breadth of the support for this legislation is striking. There is bi-partisan support for this legislation and support across generations, geography and religious faiths.

Finally, the survey also found that 61 percent of voters would be more likely to support a candidate who supports legislation providing a legal option for medical aid in dying while just 21 percent would oppose a candidate who does. 

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11/19/2016

Honing the Emerging Right to Stop Eating and Drinking

Norm Cantor analyzes the legal right to VSED at Bill of Health. I am also excited to see that after the first national VSED conference at Seattle University in October 2016, a second VSED conference is already scheduled. The Charlotte Friends Chapter...

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