Bioethics.net » Health Regulation & Law http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:19:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 A Plan to Cut Costs and Crime: End Hurdle to Job After Prison http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-plan-to-cut-costs-and-crime-end-hurdle-to-job-after-prison/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-plan-to-cut-costs-and-crime-end-hurdle-to-job-after-prison/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:35:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53018 http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-plan-to-cut-costs-and-crime-end-hurdle-to-job-after-prison/feed/ 0 Rest in Peace Mrs. Maynard http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/rest-in-peace-mrs-maynard/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/rest-in-peace-mrs-maynard/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:38:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52938 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Over this past weekend, Brittany Maynard took her own life. At 29-years-old, Mrs. Maynard took her prescription for assisted suicide to end her life before her terminal brain cancer pushed her into a quality of life that she found unacceptable. She was young, articulate, and facing a very short lifespan where she would lose control of her body and mind, becoming increasingly dependent on others to complete activities of daily living.

Mrs. Maynard had stated her intention to take her life in an internet message that she sent out into the world.…

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Dollars to Doctors: Sun Rises on Sunshine Act’s Open Payments Database http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/dollars-to-doctors-sun-rises-on-sunshine-acts-open-payments-database/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/dollars-to-doctors-sun-rises-on-sunshine-acts-open-payments-database/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:15:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52636 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Today, Tuesday, September 29, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will release most of the Open Payments database. The public will now have access to the monetary value of gifts, marketing, and payments for clinical testing made by the pharmaceutical industry to physicians. The database is being rolled out 12 days later than planned and with one-third of the 2013 data unavailable until June 2015: There have been some glitches including mix-up of names and wrong provider and license numbers entered.…

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Brain Death Is a Flash Point in End-of-Life Law, Ethics and Policy http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/brain-death-is-a-flash-point-in-end-of-life-law-ethics-and-policy/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/brain-death-is-a-flash-point-in-end-of-life-law-ethics-and-policy/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:00:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52363 by Thaddeus M. Pope, J.D., Ph.D.

The August 2014 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics includes nearly 20 articles on the status of death determined by neurological criteria (DDNC or “brain death”).  Not coincidentally, this summer, several other leading bioethics journals are also covering “brain death.”  (See recent and forthcoming articles in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, the Hastings Center Report, and the Journal of Medical Ethics.)  I have myself contributed to a multi-article examination of the topic in the imminently forthcoming Journal of Clinical Ethics 25(3).…

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California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-lawmakers-pass-bill-banning-inmate-sterilizations/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-lawmakers-pass-bill-banning-inmate-sterilizations/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:21:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52294 http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-lawmakers-pass-bill-banning-inmate-sterilizations/feed/ 0 Pot-Smoking Mom Fights to Breastfeed. What Are the Risks? http://www.bioethics.net/news/pot-smoking-mom-fights-to-breastfeed-what-are-the-risks/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/pot-smoking-mom-fights-to-breastfeed-what-are-the-risks/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:23:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52260 http://www.bioethics.net/news/pot-smoking-mom-fights-to-breastfeed-what-are-the-risks/feed/ 0 Ethical questions emerge over who gets Ebola drug http://www.bioethics.net/news/ethical-questions-emerge-over-who-gets-ebola-drug/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ethical-questions-emerge-over-who-gets-ebola-drug/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:31:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52238 http://www.bioethics.net/news/ethical-questions-emerge-over-who-gets-ebola-drug/feed/ 0 France passes sweeping gender equality law http://www.bioethics.net/news/france-passes-sweeping-gender-equality-law/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/france-passes-sweeping-gender-equality-law/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:56:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52210 http://www.bioethics.net/news/france-passes-sweeping-gender-equality-law/feed/ 0 The Ethics of Physician Drug Test: Why It’s a Bad Idea http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/the-ethics-of-physician-drug-test-why-its-a-bad-idea/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/the-ethics-of-physician-drug-test-why-its-a-bad-idea/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:09:28 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52203 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Pilots do it. Train conductors, air traffic controllers, TSA agents, police offices, fire fighters, Olympic athletes and long haul truckers do it. In eleven states, some recipients of public aid even have to do it. So shouldn’t health providers have to do it?

“It,” of course is drug testing, often random and sometimes for suspicion of use. Jobs that are charged with taking care of the safety of the public (or sometimes that benefit from the public dole) are often drug tested throughout their careers to ensure that they are not using drugs.…

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San Francisco approves soda tax for November ballot http://www.bioethics.net/news/san-francisco-approves-soda-tax-for-november-ballot/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/san-francisco-approves-soda-tax-for-november-ballot/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:56:40 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52115 http://www.bioethics.net/news/san-francisco-approves-soda-tax-for-november-ballot/feed/ 0 Calif. death penalty ruled unconstitutional http://www.bioethics.net/news/calif-death-penalty-ruled-unconstitutional/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/calif-death-penalty-ruled-unconstitutional/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:06:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52050 http://www.bioethics.net/news/calif-death-penalty-ruled-unconstitutional/feed/ 0 Police Won’t Use Nude Photos of Va. Teen as Evidence in Sexting Case, Attorney Says http://www.bioethics.net/news/police-wont-use-nude-photos-of-va-teen-as-evidence-in-sexting-case-attorney-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/police-wont-use-nude-photos-of-va-teen-as-evidence-in-sexting-case-attorney-says/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:35:22 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52044 http://www.bioethics.net/news/police-wont-use-nude-photos-of-va-teen-as-evidence-in-sexting-case-attorney-says/feed/ 0 Time to Divorce Health Insurance & Employment http://www.bioethics.net/2014/07/time-to-divorce-health-insurance-employment/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/07/time-to-divorce-health-insurance-employment/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:07:31 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52010 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In my last blog, I talked about ideologically-backed corporate control of health care choices as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. That piece has led to several conversations this past week, many of which have revolved around the question of how to fix the problem of employer theology limiting or curtailing choices, because nearly half of all people in the U.S. have health insurance through their employer.

The result of these conversations is a consensus that there are two health policy moves that can be made: Changing a law and changing a system.…

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Enter the Corporate Congress: SCOTUS & FACEBOOK http://www.bioethics.net/2014/07/enter-the-corporate-congress-scotus-facebook/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/07/enter-the-corporate-congress-scotus-facebook/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 03:01:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51962 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

PART 1: SCOTUS
One of the facts that hiring managers are taught is that you can never ask a potential employee about their religion (among other protected areas) unless the candidate brings it up. But after this week, any job candidate would be wise to ask their potential employer about his/her/its (in the case of corporations) religious beliefs.

Who one works for is increasingly determining not only what health care coverage you have but also what laws you have to follow and what legal protections you have.…

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Fact vs. Fiction: Judge Upholds Barring Unvaccinated Children from Public Schools http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/fact-vs-fiction-judge-upholds-barring-unvaccinated-children-from-public-schools/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/fact-vs-fiction-judge-upholds-barring-unvaccinated-children-from-public-schools/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:31:45 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51936 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Vaccination is one of the great success stories of public health. People who receive vaccinations against disease are far less likely to contract that disease. In 1900, 30.4% of all deaths from infectious disease were to children under the age of 5 and the top three causes of death were pneumonia, tuberculosis and diarrhea-enteritis. By 2010, the only infectious disease in the top ten list was influenza and pneumonia at 9th place. In 2012, 91.4% of adolescents are immunized for measles, mumps & rubella, 92.8% for Hep B, and many others.…

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Revitalizing Informed Consent Law http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/revitalizing-informed-consent-law/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/revitalizing-informed-consent-law/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:40:53 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51719 by Thaddeus Mason Post, JD, PhD

In a few days, the Journal of Clinical Ethics will publish my seventeenth “Legal Briefing” column.  Each column reviews recent legal developments involving a particular issue in clinical bioethics.  I have covered topics from organ donation and medical futility, to home birth and conscience clauses.  This one, in 25(2):152-174, is titled “Informed Consent in the Clinical Context.”

I covered this topic in two previous “Legal Briefings”: an overview in 2010 and another in 2013 that was focused on shared decision making and patient decision aids. …

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House Committee Votes to Allow Schools to Opt Out of Nutritional Program http://www.bioethics.net/news/house-committee-votes-to-allow-schools-to-opt-out-of-nutritional-program/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/house-committee-votes-to-allow-schools-to-opt-out-of-nutritional-program/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 19:51:32 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51678 http://www.bioethics.net/news/house-committee-votes-to-allow-schools-to-opt-out-of-nutritional-program/feed/ 0 Our mental health care system is a joke — even mass murderer Elliot Rodger slipped through the cracks http://www.bioethics.net/news/our-mental-health-care-system-is-a-joke-even-mass-murderer-elliot-rodger-slipped-through-the-cracks/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/our-mental-health-care-system-is-a-joke-even-mass-murderer-elliot-rodger-slipped-through-the-cracks/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 20:36:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51657 http://www.bioethics.net/news/our-mental-health-care-system-is-a-joke-even-mass-murderer-elliot-rodger-slipped-through-the-cracks/feed/ 0 Cannabis may Help Prevent Seizures in Children with Severe Epilepsy http://www.bioethics.net/news/cannabis-may-help-prevent-seizures-in-children-with-severe-epilepsy/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/cannabis-may-help-prevent-seizures-in-children-with-severe-epilepsy/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 20:26:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51637 http://www.bioethics.net/news/cannabis-may-help-prevent-seizures-in-children-with-severe-epilepsy/feed/ 0 ‘E-cigarettes help smokers quit,’ new study says http://www.bioethics.net/news/e-cigarettes-help-smokers-quit-new-study-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/e-cigarettes-help-smokers-quit-new-study-says/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 19:16:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51630 http://www.bioethics.net/news/e-cigarettes-help-smokers-quit-new-study-says/feed/ 0 What Is This Child Doing in Prison? http://www.bioethics.net/news/what-is-this-child-doing-in-prison/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/what-is-this-child-doing-in-prison/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 23:49:14 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51626 http://www.bioethics.net/news/what-is-this-child-doing-in-prison/feed/ 0 Adults who follow exercise guidelines still gain weight http://www.bioethics.net/news/adults-who-follow-exercise-guidelines-still-gain-weight/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/adults-who-follow-exercise-guidelines-still-gain-weight/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 23:00:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51572 http://www.bioethics.net/news/adults-who-follow-exercise-guidelines-still-gain-weight/feed/ 0 New York Medical Futility Bill Highlights Wide Variation in U.S. End-of-Life Decisions Laws http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/new-york-medical-futility-bill-highlights-wide-variation-in-u-s-end-of-life-decisions-laws/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/new-york-medical-futility-bill-highlights-wide-variation-in-u-s-end-of-life-decisions-laws/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 15:55:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51494 by Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD

On May 1, 2014, New York State Senator Kemp Hannon introduced S.B. 7156, to amend the 2010 Family Healthcare Decisions Act.  It is a fine bill that will modestly improve New York law.  In this blog post, I will explain both current New York law and the changes that S.B. 7156 would make.  But my main objective in analyzing this bill is to highlight the significant variability in U.S. end-of-life decisions laws concerning medical futility.…

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Criminalizing harmful substance abuse during pregnancy: Is there a problem with that? http://www.bioethics.net/news/criminalizing-harmful-substance-abuse-during-pregnancy-is-there-a-problem-with-that/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/criminalizing-harmful-substance-abuse-during-pregnancy-is-there-a-problem-with-that/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 17:11:14 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51469 http://www.bioethics.net/news/criminalizing-harmful-substance-abuse-during-pregnancy-is-there-a-problem-with-that/feed/ 0 Senator Advances Bill To Pay Medicare Beneficiaries to Register Advance Directives http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/senator-advances-bill-to-pay-medicare-beneficiaries-to-register-advance-directives/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/senator-advances-bill-to-pay-medicare-beneficiaries-to-register-advance-directives/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:56:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51397 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) along with Senators Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced a bill to the U.S. Senate (S. 224) that would “encourage Medicare beneficiaries to voluntarily adopt advance directives guiding the medical care they receive.”  The regulations for this bill are to be created by a broad group of stakeholders.

Specifically, the bill would:

(a) Establish an Advance Directive Certification Program
(b) Accredit vendors of online and written stored advance directives
(c)  Provide an incentive for completing an advance directive.…

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Pharmaceutical or Illegal Drug: The Bizarre Case of Marijuana http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/pharmaceutical-or-illegal-drug-the-bizarre-case-of-marijuana/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/pharmaceutical-or-illegal-drug-the-bizarre-case-of-marijuana/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:45:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51281 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

After gay marriage, one of the most controversial issues in the United States today is the issue of marijuana. Twenty-one states have passed laws or referendums legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Two states (Washington and Colorado) have legalized small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Sixteen other states have pending legislation. Some of these states allow physicians to prescribe it while others permit physicians to recommend it by certifying that a patient has a qualifying condition.…

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Smoking bans can help kids’ health, researchers say http://www.bioethics.net/news/smoking-bans-can-help-kids-health-researchers-say/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/smoking-bans-can-help-kids-health-researchers-say/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:55:12 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51005 http://www.bioethics.net/news/smoking-bans-can-help-kids-health-researchers-say/feed/ 0 If You Have Any Questions or Concerns, Please Contact… http://www.bioethics.net/articles/if-you-have-any-questions-or-concerns-please-contact/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/if-you-have-any-questions-or-concerns-please-contact/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:39:18 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=50997 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/if-you-have-any-questions-or-concerns-please-contact/feed/ 0 Hawaii police urge lawmakers to let undercover cops have sex with prostitutes http://www.bioethics.net/news/hawaii-police-urge-lawmakers-to-let-undercover-cops-have-sex-with-prostitutes/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/hawaii-police-urge-lawmakers-to-let-undercover-cops-have-sex-with-prostitutes/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:46:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50928 http://www.bioethics.net/news/hawaii-police-urge-lawmakers-to-let-undercover-cops-have-sex-with-prostitutes/feed/ 0 Planned Parenthood, Tucson gynecologist, fighting tighter regulations on abortion drugs http://www.bioethics.net/news/planned-parenthood-tucson-gynecologist-fighting-tighter-regulations-on-abortion-drugs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/planned-parenthood-tucson-gynecologist-fighting-tighter-regulations-on-abortion-drugs/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:04:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50763 http://www.bioethics.net/news/planned-parenthood-tucson-gynecologist-fighting-tighter-regulations-on-abortion-drugs/feed/ 0 Childhood secondhand smoke exposure damages arteries http://www.bioethics.net/news/childhood-secondhand-smoke-exposure-damages-arteries/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/childhood-secondhand-smoke-exposure-damages-arteries/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:51:04 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50762 http://www.bioethics.net/news/childhood-secondhand-smoke-exposure-damages-arteries/feed/ 0 China Cracks Down on DNA Testing http://www.bioethics.net/news/china-cracks-down-on-dna-testing/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/china-cracks-down-on-dna-testing/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:13:04 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50752 http://www.bioethics.net/news/china-cracks-down-on-dna-testing/feed/ 0 Smoking tied to changes in the structure of teen brains http://www.bioethics.net/news/smoking-tied-to-changes-in-the-structure-of-teen-brains/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/smoking-tied-to-changes-in-the-structure-of-teen-brains/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:20:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50750 http://www.bioethics.net/news/smoking-tied-to-changes-in-the-structure-of-teen-brains/feed/ 0 Women Still Left Out of Medical Research: Report http://www.bioethics.net/news/women-still-left-out-of-medical-research-report/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/women-still-left-out-of-medical-research-report/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:08:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50749 http://www.bioethics.net/news/women-still-left-out-of-medical-research-report/feed/ 0 Intersextion: Germany Allows Parents to Choose “No Sex” on Birth Certificate http://www.bioethics.net/2014/02/intersextion-germany-allows-parents-to-choose-no-sex-on-birth-certificate/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/02/intersextion-germany-allows-parents-to-choose-no-sex-on-birth-certificate/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:48:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50715 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In Jeffrey Eugenides Pulitzer-Prize winning novel Middlesex, readers are introduced to a protagonist, Cal Stephanides, who is male with female traits. This best seller helped to bring into the mainstream consciousness the notion of people who are born intersex—having characteristics of male and female sex organs. Or more generally, a person born with sex organs that fall outside what is considered the male or female norm. For example, a girl with a very large clitoris, or a boy with a very small penis or scrotum that looks more like labia.…

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Just Say No To These 11 Outrageous Arguments Against Legalizing Marijuana http://www.bioethics.net/news/just-say-no-to-these-11-outrageous-arguments-against-legalizing-marijuana/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/just-say-no-to-these-11-outrageous-arguments-against-legalizing-marijuana/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:21:47 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50687 http://www.bioethics.net/news/just-say-no-to-these-11-outrageous-arguments-against-legalizing-marijuana/feed/ 0 Unusual Iowa abortion rule has surprising result http://www.bioethics.net/news/unusual-iowa-abortion-rule-has-surprising-result/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/unusual-iowa-abortion-rule-has-surprising-result/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:40:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50656 http://www.bioethics.net/news/unusual-iowa-abortion-rule-has-surprising-result/feed/ 0 New York State to Limit Use of Solitary Confinement http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-york-state-to-limit-use-of-solitary-confinement/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-york-state-to-limit-use-of-solitary-confinement/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:15:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50613 http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-york-state-to-limit-use-of-solitary-confinement/feed/ 0 Freedom for the corporation, religious servitude for the individual http://www.bioethics.net/2014/02/freedom-for-the-corporation-religious-servitude-for-the-individual/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/02/freedom-for-the-corporation-religious-servitude-for-the-individual/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:16:49 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50602 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Many women in this country gained insurance coverage for their contraceptive costs under the controversial Affordable Care Act (ACA). One of the many challenges that have been levied against this law is the so-called contraceptive mandate, a requirement that all employer-sponsored plans cover the costs of contraceptives.

When it was announced, this mandate caused uproar from religious communities that believe contraception is immoral. In response, the Obama Administration altered the ACA to exempt health plans sponsored by religious employers, mostly houses of worship, from using their funds to pay for contraception.…

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LIBERTY AND WHERE NOSES BEGIN–AN OPEN LETTER TO: The ACLU of Rhode Island Concerning Mandating Flu Vaccinations for Very Young Children Entering Daycare and Kindergarden http://www.bioethics.net/2014/02/liberty-and-where-noses-begin-an-open-letter-to-the-aclu-of-rhode-island-concerning-mandating-flu-vaccinations-for-very-young-children-entering-daycare-and-kindergarden/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/02/liberty-and-where-noses-begin-an-open-letter-to-the-aclu-of-rhode-island-concerning-mandating-flu-vaccinations-for-very-young-children-entering-daycare-and-kindergarden/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:00:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50587 From: Arthur Caplan and Dorit Reiss

SUBJECT: requiring the vaccination of children and workers in daycare and pre-K against the flu

In recent testimony submitted to the Public Health Department of Rhode Island, a representative of the Rhode Island ACLU spoke against the requirement to vaccinate Rhode Island’s children age six months to 5 years of age against the flu in order to enter daycare or pre-kindergarten. Under the rule, annual influenza vaccination would be mandatory for all children between 6 months and 59 months before entering preschool or day care programs.…

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Breastfeeding Is Now Required By Law In The United Arab Emirates http://www.bioethics.net/news/breastfeeding-is-now-required-by-law-in-the-united-arab-emirates/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/breastfeeding-is-now-required-by-law-in-the-united-arab-emirates/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:25:35 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50465 http://www.bioethics.net/news/breastfeeding-is-now-required-by-law-in-the-united-arab-emirates/feed/ 0 ‘Miscarriage Management': The Next Front in the Abortion Wars http://www.bioethics.net/news/miscarriage-management-the-next-front-in-the-abortion-wars/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/miscarriage-management-the-next-front-in-the-abortion-wars/#comments Sat, 01 Feb 2014 19:53:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50452 http://www.bioethics.net/news/miscarriage-management-the-next-front-in-the-abortion-wars/feed/ 0 Obama Says Easing Marijuana Restrictions a Job for Congress http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-says-easing-marijuana-restrictions-a-job-for-congress-read-more-barack-obama-says-marijuana-classification-change-job-for-congress/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-says-easing-marijuana-restrictions-a-job-for-congress-read-more-barack-obama-says-marijuana-classification-change-job-for-congress/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:42:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50396 http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-says-easing-marijuana-restrictions-a-job-for-congress-read-more-barack-obama-says-marijuana-classification-change-job-for-congress/feed/ 0 What’s at issue in Texas battle over brain-dead pregnant woman http://www.bioethics.net/news/whats-at-issue-in-texas-battle-over-brain-dead-pregnant-woman/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/whats-at-issue-in-texas-battle-over-brain-dead-pregnant-woman/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:02:31 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50309 http://www.bioethics.net/news/whats-at-issue-in-texas-battle-over-brain-dead-pregnant-woman/feed/ 0 Obama: Marijuana No More Dangerous Than Alcohol http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-marijuana-no-more-dangerous-than-alcohol/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-marijuana-no-more-dangerous-than-alcohol/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:01:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50293 http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-marijuana-no-more-dangerous-than-alcohol/feed/ 0 Wombmates in Wisconsin http://www.bioethics.net/2014/01/wombmates-in-wisconsin/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/01/wombmates-in-wisconsin/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:58:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50270 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Women of Wisconsin better make some room as they are about to have some visitors: Their  in-laws may come to spend time in their uterus. Wisconsin bill SB201 (companion to AB217) allows a mother, father or grandparent to seek compensatory damages from the person who performed an abortion. The relatives may also seek money for emotional and psychological harm. If the damages are awarded, the provider would pay further damages of $10,000 and attorney fees. If injunctive relief is sought, then the court may prevent the physician from performing abortions in the future.…

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In Guns We Trust http://www.bioethics.net/2014/01/in-guns-we-trust/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/01/in-guns-we-trust/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:39:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50213 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In a Florida movie theater a father was texting his daughter. Admittedly this action is annoying: You are in a dark theater engaged in a film and suddenly blinded by this little bright light. Many of us groan and a brave person might even say something to the offending texter. But on this particular day the texting father and a 71-year-old retired police officer got into a scuffle. At the end, the retired officer pulled the gun and shot the father dead.…

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Sensible on Weed http://www.bioethics.net/news/sensible-on-weed/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/sensible-on-weed/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:55:45 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50063 http://www.bioethics.net/news/sensible-on-weed/feed/ 0 Death, brain death, and life support http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/death-brain-death-and-life-support/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/death-brain-death-and-life-support/#comments Wed, 25 Dec 2013 18:26:04 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50050 by Arthur Caplan Ph.D.

Concepts matter in doing the right thing in medicine.  This could not be more obvious then the utter confusion on display over the concepts of ‘brain death’ and ‘life support technology’ that has resulted in two dead people being kept on artificial life support in California and Texas.

In Oakland, California 13 year old Jahiu McMath has been maintained on machines since an elective tonsillectomy went horribly wrong on December 9.  She has been in the ICU on life-support at the Children’s Hospital since then.…

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The Supreme Court’s terrible—and dangerous—ruling this week on the Fifth Amendment. http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-supreme-courts-terrible-and-dangerous-ruling-this-week-on-the-fifth-amendment/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-supreme-courts-terrible-and-dangerous-ruling-this-week-on-the-fifth-amendment/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:58:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50042 http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-supreme-courts-terrible-and-dangerous-ruling-this-week-on-the-fifth-amendment/feed/ 0