Tag: bioethics

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April 21, 2014

Easter, Fertility, Surrogacy

Most of us who celebrated Easter yesterday likely took part in the tradition of the Easter egg hunt. The egg, an obvious symbol of fertility, is an essential part of our spring celebration. Interestingly, the subject of fertility and “social surrogacy” was the focus of an article in Elle magazine last week. The piece told the story of an aging professional who felt she needed... // Read More »
April 20, 2014

The Resurrection Body

“Thou art gone, our precious darling, Never more can thou return, But to sleep, a peaceful slumber, Till the resurrection morn.” Today is Resurrection Sunday, the Festival of Easter, when we celebrate the raising of Christ from the dead for the sake of the redemption of humanity.  Certainly, the Resurrection is about the sacrificial Lamb of God, His purchase of redemption from sin, and His... // Read More »
April 19, 2014

Reflections on the Metaphors We Live–and Die–By

Images powerfully impact how we think and how we live. Metaphors, those images we use to describe the indescribable, to portray the unfamiliar and mysterious, are particularly so because of the identity relationships they create. In my last post, I commented on an article in the NYT entitled, “A Tumor: the Embryo’s Evil Twin,” which described the similarities between embryogenesis and the cellular behavior of... // Read More »
April 18, 2014

What’s so good about Good Friday? Good Friday and Bioethics

“Why is it called Good Friday?” my ten-year-old son asks. “What’s good about it?” What, indeed. The day we remember a death — and not what people usually mean by a “good” death. When people speak of a good death, they usually mean either that the one dying didn’t die too young or with too much suffering, or that it was as “least-bad” as possible... // Read More »
April 17, 2014

Pediatric Euthanasia Redux

Today brings the online publication in JAMA (free access) of an essay, “Pediatric Euthanasia in Belgium: Disturbing Developments,” by Andrew Siegel (U. Penn), Dominic Sisti (U. Penn) and Arthur Caplan (now at NYU). In specific view is Belgium’s February 2014 amendment to its 2002 law legalizing euthanasia.  The amendment, which is now fully enacted in Belguim, extends lawful euthanasia to children with “constant and unbearable... // Read More »
April 15, 2014

Concussion Cases Inspire New Course at George Washington’s Law School

[The New York Times] The revelations that hits to the head may lead to long-term brain damage have rocked the football world at all levels, alarming coaches, players and their parents and forcing the N.F.L. and the N.C.A.A. to tighten safety standards. Given the consequences of the injuries, lawyers, too, have taken note, including those […]
April 14, 2014

For the working poor, new health premiums can be a burden

[Los Angeles Times] For nearly two decades, Barbara Garnaus maintained a modest, delicate life balance: keeping her part-time Orange County school district job and juggling her bills and credit card debt. Now 63, living alone, she counts every dollar, has no cellphone and commutes an hour in traffic so she can keep an affordable apartment […]
April 13, 2014

Healing and the Kingdom

By the time we get to chapter 9 of Luke’s gospel, we see Christ’s Kingdom ministry in full swing.  At the start of the chapter we see the commissioning of the twelve for kingdom work, by the middle we see the sending of messengers to make preparations in Samaria, and by the start of the next chapter (10) Christ is authorizing the seventy for the... // Read More »
April 10, 2014

Artistic Inquiry: Obesity on Stage in Boston

BEI Young Professionals member Betsy Campbell covers artful media around the world that touches upon topics in bioethics. In 2013 a Hastings Center article, bioethicist Dan Callahan proposed an “edgier” approach to America’s obesity epidemic. His views in that article — particularly his point about the power of public disapproval — proved to be controversial, […]
April 9, 2014

Why should we immunize our children?

A recent NPR All Things Considered story that is summarized on their web site talks about the large number of parents in Marin County in California who choose not to immunize their children by way of personal belief exemptions. This is in a county with a very high average standard of living, but has a high level of children not being immunized. The county recently... // Read More »

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American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 1 - Jan 2013

100th Issue Anniversary Editorial David Magnus