Tag: bioethics

Blog Posts (193)

April 25, 2015

The Importance of Advance Directives and Power of Attorneys

This week I had the privilege of job shadowing in the clinical ethics department at a hospital here in Illinois. In clinical ethics, it is impossible to know exactly what your days will look like in advance, since your schedule depends on the varying needs of others in your workplace. There may be several days in a row where no requests for consults come in,... // Read More »
April 22, 2015

Finding Personhood in a Burrito

Mark Wilson over at Fast Company discusses “Chef Watson” and it’s many unusual recipes. Wilson focuses on a particularly disappointing burrito and how it came to be for most of the article. When setting up how Watson works, Wilson says:

Chef Watson—IBM’s Jeopardy-robot-gone-algorithmic-recipe engine—

April 16, 2015

A Drive-By Shot at the Concept of “Liberal Neutrality”

A couple of writings by Gregory Kaebnick, the editor of the Hastings Center Report, have my attention these days, and I hope to deal with them in my next few posts.  For the moment, I intend to seize on one point he makes in “Engineered Microbes in Industry and Science,” his chapter in a book he co-edited with Thomas Murray, 2013’s Synthetic Biology and Morality. ... // Read More »
April 13, 2015

A Not-So-Open Discussion

Courtney Thiele posted on March 3oth about an article in the Washington Post describing “a new push to de-stigmatize the nation’s most controversial medical procedure by talking about it openly and unapologetically.” A clinic in Maryland called “Carafem” dispenses abortion pills, and “promises a ‘spa-like’ experience for women with an open and unabashed approach to pregnancy termination.” (quotations from the Washington Post’s article) This clinic... // Read More »
April 13, 2015

(anti)Discrimination Starts in the Womb

During law school I had the opportunity to take many courses related to health law, including a class on disability law, as well as a class that discussed emerging medical technologies. Though these classes were taught by different professors, and focused on different issues, in each class the theme of discrimination was present. At some point in each respective class, the topic of discrimination based... // Read More »
April 11, 2015

Abortion and Children’s Books

This week a friend of mine posted a link on Facebook which might be the most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen on the social media site: an article regarding a children’s book about abortion. The book itself, called “Sister Apple, Sister Pig,” can be found online here. I find it difficult to even know where to begin this post. While the book does not outright say... // Read More »
April 8, 2015

Religious freedom revisited

When I reflect on what has happened in Indiana since I wrote my post of last week I think that Mark McQuain was right in his comment that I was being overly optimistic in my statement “I hope that people will be able to see that upholding the fundamental principle of religious freedom is something that still should be important in our nation.” Since I... // Read More »
April 6, 2015

A Prayer

In honor of Easter Week, I decided to do something different for my post this week and share a prayer from the book of Common Prayer: O God, who for our redemption didst give thine only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection hast delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that... // Read More »
April 3, 2015

Some Responses Regarding PAS

I’ve posted several times on physician-assisted suicide (PAS) over the last 3+ years, including this past January 15, January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12, and March 27. Whew!  I hadn’t realized until I created that list how focused I’d been on the topic this year.  Of course, my thoughts are neither new nor my interest unique; others on this blog, for starters, have... // Read More »
April 1, 2015

The importance of religious freedom

Like Jerry Risser who recently wrote about the hysteria surrounding the passage and signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana, I am a Hoosier, having lived almost all of my life in Indiana. I agree with his concern about the unexpected hysteria involved in the passage of this legislation and I agree that we who follow Jesus Christ need to be calm and... // Read More »