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May 20, 2014

What we are forgetting in the case of Jahi McMath: Culture and its impact on medical decision-making

by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

Like many others, I followed the very unfortunate case of Jahi McMath. McMath is a 13 year-old black child who went into cardiac arrest and suffered irreparable brain damage after undergoing a tonsillectomy to relieve sleep apnea.…

February 18, 2014

Freedom for the corporation, religious servitude for the individual

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Many women in this country gained insurance coverage for their contraceptive costs under the controversial Affordable Care Act (ACA).…

July 19, 2013

Dangerous Catholic Attack on POLST

Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD PhD

The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) program is proving to be a highly effective mechanism for assuring that the life-sustaining treatment seriously ill patients want is the same treatment those patients get. …

April 27, 2012

BS claims by Chopra, nothing new, but I’m compelled to reply

Deepak Chopra has moved into the domain of the brain… and it should come as no surprise that what he claims is not only laughably erroneous, but also deeply misleading and ignoring the vast amounts of data for the view he so eagerly wants to discard. Why do I even bother? Because I care! I […]
April 3, 2012

In Memoriam: Fr. Kevin O'Rourke

From the Loyola University Chicago Neiswanger website:

Kevin O’Rourke, O.P., J.C.D., S.T.M., Dominican priest, canon lawyer, and health care ethicist died on Wednesday.  …

March 25, 2011

Religious Belief Makes You Fat?

According to a story in the L.A. Times Booster Shots blog, it would appear that religious belief is strongly correlated with packing on the pounds.…

October 27, 2010

On Pro-Life Bioethicists

Rarely do I ever find myself reading USCatholic.org, but in this particular case, I could not help but be drawn in the train wreck of bad argumentation put forth by “Guest Blogger Father Joseph Tham, L.C., M.D., Ph.D.” in his post “Pro-life academics means pro-life ideas“.…

November 6, 2009

The November Issue of AJOB Is Now Online!

With H1N1 and flu vaccines on everyone’s minds, the November issue of The American Journal of Bioethics couldn’t be more timely.…

December 15, 2008

Who Cares if the Vatican Weighs in on Bioethics?

No one. At least that’s my view. Certainly not American Catholics who use birth control, IVF, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, and a wide range of other reproductive technologies previously and even more so now get a Holy finger wagging from Rome.…

July 16, 2008

Where's the Beef...or Should I Say Pork?

With the Food and Drug Administration’s most recent approval of an antiwrinkle injectible that will keep a person’s face expressionless, an important question must be asked: can the new Evolence, made from the stuff of food-grade pigs, be used by Jews without violating the Rabbinic laws?…

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Published Articles (10)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 3 - Mar 2010

The Secret of Caring for Mr. Golubchuk

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 3 - Mar 2010

The Case of Samuel Golubchuk and the Right to Live

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 11 - Nov 2009

A Jewish Response to the Vatican's New Bioethical Guidelines

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 11 - Nov 2009

Assessing Social Risks Prior to the Commencement of a Clinical Trial

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 10 - Oct 2008

The Ethical Elephant in the Death Penalty Room

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 11 - Nov 2008

Review of David Novak, The Sanctity of Human Life

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 10 - Oct 2008

Review of Ronald Cole-Turner, ed., Design and Destiny: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Human Germline Modification

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 10 - Oct 2008

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on The Ethical Elephant in the Death Penalty Room

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

Review of Daniel P. Sulmasy, The Rebirth of the Clinic: An Introduction to Spirituality in Healthcare.

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 7 Issue 12 - Dec 2007

Clash of Definitions: Controversies About Conscience in Medicine

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News (4)

September 20, 2012 8:38 pm

Can Female Genital Mutilation Be Surgically Undone? (Time)

As a young child Aïssa could not understand how she could conjure up such horrific images. No one had ever explained to Aïssa what her parents had allowed to take place. “All I could remember was being in a bath full of blood,” she says grimacing. “I thought I had made it all up in my head”. Like millions of women all over the world, Aïssa was a victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) – her clitoris was cut off, and her labia sewn up, all before she could even talk.

August 14, 2012 7:47 pm

End-of-Life Care for Kids Raises Ethics Issues (MedPage Today)

Healthcare providers should have rapid access to legal remedies for end-of-life disputes involving children whose parents resist withdrawal of aggressive therapy on the basis of religious beliefs, authors of a review concluded.  Over a 3-year period, 17 of 203 cases could not be resolved after lengthy discussions with parents. Subsequently, most of the cases were resolved, but five remained undecided, each because of the parents’ belief in a miracle for their children, according to an article published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

August 14, 2012 7:45 pm

Deeply Religious Parents Often Reluctant to Cease Medical Care (ABC News)

Arthur Caplan, the head of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, recalls a case of a man who had beaten his six-month-old child to death. It was a horror the mother simply could not accept.  A deeply religious woman, she pushed the doctors to do more, telling them that God would intervene and allow her daughter to make a miraculous recovery. For several hours there was a tense standoff between caregivers and parent.

July 26, 2012 4:20 pm

Circumcision for Non-Medical Reasons Is Wrong (Spiegel Online)

As the debate over the medical ethics of circumcision rages in Germany, some have argued that the practice provides health benefits. But many in the medical community disagree. Circumcision is not in the best interest of boys who undergo the procedure.