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February 10, 2017

Stoking the Flames of Competitiveness on an Overheating Planet

STUDENT VOICES By: Michael Aprea This essay is in response to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs video “Climate Protectionism and Competitiveness.”   Steam put the world in motion. It lit up the night, and tightened humanity’s grasp on the forces of nature. Nature, however, has eluded the human race and has forced civilization to reconsider … More Stoking the Flames of Competitiveness on an Overheating Planet
February 6, 2017

A message of hope for inclusivity and equality

For many US citizens, as well as people around the world, the last few months have been difficult and disappointing given the results of the US presidential election. As a feminist bioethicist, I am particularly concerned about how the Trump administration will treat vulnerable and oppressed groups, such as women, individuals in the LGBTQ community, people of color, individuals with disabilities, Muslims and other religious minorities in the US, and poor individuals. I am also concerned that the Trump administration will erode people’s access to healthcare and that this will disproportionately affect these vulnerable and oppressed groups. Already, we have seen that one of Trump’s first actions is to start the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act.

It is easy to be disheartened during these challenging times, but I recently attended two events that gave me hope. First, on Friday, January 20, I attended and co-organized the fifth annual Capital District Feminist Studies Consortium Conference which was held at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. When we chose the date for this conference in the summer of 2016, we didn’t realize that we had scheduled the conference for Inauguration Day. Had the presidential election turned out differently, this may have affected our turnout, but as it stands, we had approximately 80 people in attendance, which is great for a local conference. A feminist conference was the perfect place to be on this Inauguration Day. In order to address some of Trump’s antifeminist and other biased comments and actions, the organizers put together an invited panel titled "Feminist Work in Non-Feminist Surroundings: Survival in Challenging Times." I participated in this panel to discuss why I had created the Capital District Feminist Studies Consortium in the first place and why its existence is so important moving forward. The other panelists – a lawyer, an artist, and a historian – also spoke about the need for women in public spaces and for feminist resistance.

The following day, Saturday, January 21, I attended the Women’s March in New York City, which also gave me hope. Though tired from a full day of participating in and moderating the conference, I was invigorated by the large (over 400,000 people) and supportive crowds (filling the streets of New York City According to estimates. Furthermore, there were sister marches in all 50 states and around the world. Approximately 5 million people marched in around 670 marches, making this the world’s largest demonstration. That so many people came together surrounding a message of inclusivity and equality is incredible and powerful.

Inspired by these two events, I will continue moving forward with hope, which will strengthen and support me as I continue to work, both in my professional and personal life, towards justice for all people, and particularly those who are vulnerable and oppressed. I hope you will join me.

The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our website.


January 30, 2017

Bioethics and the Problem of Silent Neutrality in the age of Trump

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

One of the most contentious of all issues in bioethics has been whether as a profession, we should take a stand against issues.…

January 6, 2017

Party politics, people’s lives

As health care financing rises yet again to the top of our national legislative agenda, some fundamental questions ought to be strongly considered. First, and most fundamental: Is some level of healthcare a right, that the government is therefore obligated to protect? Is it better viewed as a common good, like roads and fire protection services, that everybody pays for through taxes and everybody benefits... // Read More »
December 14, 2016

The Ethics of Climate Change Activism: Fear vs. Reality

STUDENT VOICES By: Chelsea Zantay This essay is in response to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs video clip “Global Ethics Forum: Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Bill McKibben.”   Often when a problem is too big or too scary we throw up our hands and announce that “there is nothing we can do” … More The Ethics of Climate Change Activism: Fear vs. Reality
June 17, 2016

Best intentions, worst outcomes: Ethical and legal challenges for international research involving sex workers

Central America hosts a thriving sex work industry that is a key source and transit region for sex trafficking and undocumented migrants engaged in sex work. Sex workers – particularly those who are migrant – are at high risk for … Continue reading
March 30, 2016

Fordham Panel to Address Questions about Human Rights in Age of Fear, Violence and Scarce Resources 

By: Michael Aprea        Few realities have shaken the foundation of human rights and the inherent liberties viewed common to all as profoundly as fear. Human rights, the set of rights believed to be intrinsic to the human person, … Continue reading
August 21, 2015

Some Reflections On Summer Vacation Reading

<p style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">I love to read novels and works of non-fiction in concentrated sittings so I can really lose myself in what I am reading. Because I am so busy during the course of my work-a-day professional life I rarely have such luxury. This is why vacation for me means a time when I can find a few really interesting books on my reading list and just devour them. Having recently returned from vacation and being overdue for my AMBI Blog, I thought I would share a few thoughts on my vacation reading, and even see if there is a lesson for bioethics.</p> <p style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">This summer my reading was unusual in that it was all non-fiction, which included “The Return of George Washington” by Edward J. Larson, “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson, and “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I really didn’t plan to be reading these books together. But as it turns out, after finishing all three, I found a theme of interesting, often disturbing, questions about the past and present treatment of African Americans in the United States—questions that challenge the moral foundation and integrity of American democracy from its origins to the present.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><strong>The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a</strong> </span><strong style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="color: #000099; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://www.amc.edu/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong></p>
July 16, 2015

Dr. Gerald Koocher's Response: Comments on the Hoffman report

In response to an invitation to reply to the recent blog post by Steven Miles, Dr. Gerald Koocher sent the following attached document.  …

July 15, 2015

The American Psychological Association Interrogation Policy and Dr. Gerald Koocher, AAAS Fellow

by Steven Miles, M.D. 

A recent 542-page report describes a damning collaboration between the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) and other government intelligence agencies.…

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Published Articles (3)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 7 Issue 4 - Apr 2007

Medical Ethics and the Interrogation of Guantanamo 063

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 6 Issue 3 - May 2006

Indecent Medicine: In Defense of the Absolute Prohibition against Physician Participation in Torture

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 5 Issue 3 - May 2005

A Review of: ?George Annas. 2004, American Bioethics: Crossing Human Rights and Health Law Boundaries?