Tag: moral status

Blog Posts (4)

July 13, 2015

The Physician’s Imprimatur

In a previous blog response about physician-assisted suicide (PAS), Mark McQuain asked, “Why involve physicians at all?” That question gets too little attention. There are some easily discernible (and perhaps expressed) reasons why physicians are chosen to be the agents of assisting suicide. First, they have access to pain- or consciousness-relieving pharmacologic measures that also have the (in this case) desirable effect of stopping breathing... // Read More »
February 10, 2015

“Grace” as a principle for the medical profession

The other day I was speaking to another physician about grace. This was at church, not surprisingly, but later I wondered why such discussions don’t occur in the hospital. When I recall the more remarkable physician-patient encounters I have seen, the word that comes to mind as the common theme is grace. We can see it in the physician calmly and pleasantly treating the irascible... // Read More »
May 28, 2014

Abortion and the personhood of the fetus

In my post last week I addressed the idea that uncertainty about the personhood of a human embryo or fetus should lead us to think that we should refrain from causing harm to any entity that might be a person. Therefore, if we are uncertain about whether a human embryo or fetus is a person we should protect that embryo or fetus in case it... // Read More »
May 21, 2014

The implications of uncertainty about personhood

Many times the different parts of my life conflict with each other, but sometimes they come together in interesting ways. Susan Haack’s recent post on the article “The Fetus, the “Potential Child,” and the Ethical Obligations of Obstetricians” from the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology contained a quote that connected with a reference to an article by Christopher Tollefson by one of my students in a... // Read More »

Published Articles (3)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 2 - Feb 2012

Review of 'Human Capacities and Moral Status' by Russell DiSilvestro

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 7 - Jul 2008

The Scourge: Moral Implications of Natural Embryo Loss

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 7 - Jul 2008

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on ?The Scourge: Moral Implications of Natural Embryo Loss?