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Out of Bounds? A Critique of the New Policies on Hyperandrogenism in Elite Female Athletes
Katrina Karkazis , Rebecca Jordan-Young, Georgiann Davis & Silvia Camporesi

In May 2011, more than a decade after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) abandoned sex testing, they devised new policies in response to the IAAF’s treatment of Caster Semenya, the South African runner whose sex was challenged because of her spectacular win and powerful physique that fueled an international frenzy quest...

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Ethical Dilemma of Mandated Contraception in Pharmaceutical Research at Catholic Medical Institutions
Murray Joseph Casey, Richard O’Brien, Marc Rendell & Todd Salzman

The Catholic Church proscribes methods of birth control other than sexual abstinence. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes abstinence as an acceptable method of birth control in research studies, some pharmaceutical companies mandate the use of artificial contraceptive techniques to avoid pregnancy as a condition for participation in their studies. These requirements are...

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On the Cutting Edge: Ethical Responsiveness to Cesarean Rates
Sylvia Burrow

Cesarean delivery rates have been steadily increasing worldwide. In response, many countries have introduced target goals to reduce rates. But a focus on target goals fails to address practices embedded in standards of care that encourage, rather than discourage, cesarean sections. Obstetrical standards of care normalize use of technology, creating an imperative to use technology during labor and ...

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