Tag: Discrimination

Blog Posts (9)

October 23, 2014

Fear and Loathing in Liberia

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Two weeks ago, I wrote a commentary decrying the current hysteria in the US over Ebola. It was ironic, I argued, that so many people were demanding the federal government take immediate steps to address the perceived threat of Ebola while simultaneously ignoring […]
August 29, 2014

The Boys in the Ban

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership For over 30 years now, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned blood donations from gay and bisexual men. It is a lifetime ban. Currently, no man who has ever had sex with another man can donate blood in the US. […]
July 17, 2014

She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Brother

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Actress Laverne Cox made history last week when she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress for her role on the hit show “Orange is the New Black.” Ms. Cox is the first openly transgender actress to receive an Emmy nomination. While […]
June 19, 2014

You Can’t Fix What Ain’t Broke: Combating the Dangers of Reparative Therapy

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Earlier this week, the New York State Assembly overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill that would ban the use of so-called “reparative” or “conversion” therapy – treatments that aim to change sexual orientation – on minors. During the time I wrote this commentary, the […]
June 19, 2014

You Can’t Fix What Ain’t Broke: Combating the Dangers of Reparative Therapy

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Earlier this week, the New York State Assembly overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill that would ban the use of so-called “reparative” or “conversion” therapy – treatments that aim to change sexual orientation – on minors. During the time I wrote this commentary, the […]
June 6, 2014

Living With HIV/AIDS Should Not Be A Crime

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership It went largely unnoticed by the public and the press, but last month Iowa’s Senate and House of Representatives did something groundbreaking. With broad bipartisan support, that state became the first in the country to repeal and replace its existing HIV criminalization law. Prior […]
June 6, 2014

Living With HIV/AIDS Should Not Be A Crime

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership It went largely unnoticed by the public and the press, but last month Iowa’s Senate and House of Representatives did something groundbreaking. With broad bipartisan support, that state became the first in the country to repeal and replace its existing HIV criminalization law. Prior […]
April 15, 2014

Sorry Kid, But Your Mom’s in Jail for Having You

by Patricia Mayer, MD, Bioethics Program Alumna (2009) Last week the Tennessee legislature voted to approve a bill that criminalizes drug use in pregnancy. Mothers can now be charged with criminal assault if a child is born addicted, harmed or dies as a result of pre-natal use of narcotics. The bill, amended to preclude charges […]
April 15, 2014

Sorry Kid, But Your Mom’s in Jail for Having You

by Patricia Mayer, MD, Bioethics Program Alumna (2009) Last week the Tennessee legislature voted to approve a bill that criminalizes drug use in pregnancy. Mothers can now be charged with criminal assault if a child is born addicted, harmed or dies as a result of pre-natal use of narcotics. The bill, amended to preclude charges […]

Published Articles (5)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 6 - Jun 2011

Fat Chance Getting an Obstetrician in South Florida? Ethics and Discrimination in Obstetrics and Gynecology

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 12 - Dec 2010

The Encompassing Ethics of Bariatric Surgery

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 12 - Dec 2010

Stuck in the Middle: The Many Moral Challenges With Bariatric Surgery

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 2 - Feb 2010

A Response to Commentaries on ?Blood Donation, Deferral, and Discrimination?

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 2 - Feb 2010

Blood Donation, Deferral, and Discrimination: FDA Donor Deferral Policy for Men Who Have Sex With Men

News (9)

June 19, 2013 3:05 pm

Pregnant Workers Face Routine Discrimination, Report Says

Many workers are routinely fired or forced to take unpaid leave in the U.S. after asking for basic accommodations during their pregnancy.

July 2, 2012 3:32 pm

The IOC's superwoman complex: how flawed sex-testing discriminates (The Guardian)

This is not science. It is a gender witchhunt, and it is foul play. This is why experts in sports, gender, and bioethics – and those battling discrimination against female and LGBT athletes – have been mobilizing against this policy ever since its basic shape was announced last year.  What’s really driving these policies is suspicion of women perceived as gender “deviant”. We see this all too often in women’s sports when women athletes monitor and denigrate their peers who “play like men” or look too masculine.

June 18, 2012 6:51 pm

'Shocking discrimination' in mental health services (BBC News)

The Mental Health Policy Group from the London School of Economics said three-quarters of people with depression or anxiety got no treatment. The committee of senior academics and medical professionals described this as a “real scandal”. Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said mental health should be treated as seriously as physical health issues.

May 9, 2012 10:21 am

The Unintended Consequences of the NCAA Sickle Cell Screening Policy (UChicago Science Life)

At least 20 deaths of football players with sickle cell trait have been reported since 1974. As part of a settlement with Lloyd’s family in 2009, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) agreed to screen all athletes for sickle cell trait. But does this policy make good medical sense, or does it discriminate against athletes with sickle cell trait and unnecessarily exclude them from sports? Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD, the Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics, recently surveyed pediatricians and sports medicine providers about the NCAA policy and found conflicting responses to these questions.

May 4, 2012 1:35 pm

Can a Hospital Say, "Only Thin Doctors Can Work Here"? (Medscape)

To put it bluntly, should hospitals hire employees who are overweight? A hospital in Texas, Citizens Medical Center, has said that it is not going to hire anybody — doctors, health staff, nurses — who is overweight. For them, that means a body mass index of over 35 kg/m2; or in other words, for a 5’10” man, if you weigh more than about 250 lb, you wouldn’t get hired at this particular Texas facility.

April 30, 2012 2:19 pm

In UK survey, doctors support denying treatment to smokers, the obese (MSNBC)

A majority of doctors in a United Kingdom survey supported measures to deny non-emergency medical services to smokers and the obeseThe Observer newspaper reported Sunday. Although the survey by the networking website doctors.net.uk was a self-selecting poll, the site’s chief executive called the response “a tectonic shift” for the profession. The results feed into a British debate about “lifestyle rationing” by the National Health Service, the Observer reported.

April 30, 2012 10:31 am

Does Medicine Discourage Gay Doctors? (New York Times)

During my surgical training, whenever the conversation turned to relationships, one of my colleagues would always joke about his inability to get a date, then abruptly change the subject. I thought he might be gay but never asked him outright, because it didn’t seem important. But one morning, while we working at the nurses’ station with several of the other doctors-in-training, I realized it was important, because at the hospital, he really couldn’t be himself.

April 24, 2012 10:45 am

Kidney Transplant Donor Debbie Stevens Fired From Job After Donating Kidney To Boss (Huffington Post)

After giving the gift of life, a New York mom received her worst nightmare in return. To help her boss move up the transplant waiting list, Debbie Stevens, 47, donated her kidney to a man in Missouri, enabling her employer to secure a perfect match from someone in San Francisco, the New York Post reported Monday in an exclusive story. Stevens told the New York Post that her boss, Jackie Brucia, 61, put the pressure on for her to return to work soon after the procedure even though she didn’t feel well enough.

April 10, 2012 11:06 pm

Too Fat to Work as a Health Professional? (The Takeaway)

Citizens Medical Center is, by most measures, a respected and respectable hospital. A non-profit, their mission is to serve their community of South Texas. And in their mission, they’ve been mostly successful, appearing on Thomas Reuters’ list of top 100 American hospitals three times over the past decade.