» Politics Where the World Finds Bioethics Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:10:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blowing Up Bioethics: A Response to Atrium’s Bad Girls and Head Nurses Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:46:33 +0000 Rachelle Barina, MTS and Devan Stahl, MDiv

Northwestern Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program recently published its 2014 issue of Atrium, titled “Bad Girls.” In the issue, William Peace writes an article about “Head Nurses,” which is accompanied by an overtly sexual image (see page 20). “Head nurses” were women who gave young paralyzed men like himself blowjobs in the late 1970s. Peace describes “shapely young women” giving “world-class blowjobs” to men who were worried their “dicks” did not work and they could not “fuck.” Peace describes his own despair and his anticipated encounter with a “head nurse.” Peace nostalgically claims, “This woman was able to provide me a level of care and a connection that no longer exists.” “She reaffirmed my manhood and masculinity in a way I will forever appreciate.” “[T]he nurse injected a compassionate eroticism that made me a better man,” and ultimately, “…gave me myself”

Peace’s narrative is a worn-out and objectifying trope.…

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I recently saw a subspecialist for a medical procedure.  I had never met this physician before so as he sat down to review what was going on in the monitor in front of him, the first thing he asked me was what I did for a living.  I promptly informed him that I was a bioethics professor at Loyola University Chicago.  This immediately piqued his interest.  He asked me what this entailed, and I told him that I taught graduate and medical students, did ethics consultations, did my own research and writing, gave presentations, etc. …

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Thank The Pill For Abortion Rate Drop Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:49:45 +0000 0 Obama Says Easing Marijuana Restrictions a Job for Congress Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:42:07 +0000 0 Wombmates in Wisconsin Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:58:21 +0000 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 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:39:46 +0000 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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The Supreme Court’s terrible—and dangerous—ruling this week on the Fifth Amendment. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:58:30 +0000 0 Wealth Disparity As A Bioethics Concern Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:48:52 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

How much money do you need to live on? $60,000 per year? $40,000 per year? $20,000? Could you live on $11,000 per year? If you made the U.S. Federal minimum wage ($7.25 since 2009) and worked 30 hours per week (the most a large number of employers will permit because anything over and they have to provide health care under the Affordable Care Act) and including no paid vacation or sick time, then you would be earning about $10,875 per year .…

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U.S. directed medical professionals to ignore ethics, abuse detainees, report says Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:37:38 +0000 0 Ban on Gay Bias Gains Ground in Senate Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:23:27 +0000 0 An Unhealthy Shutdown Thu, 10 Oct 2013 06:45:55 +0000 by Craig Klugman, PhD.

It’s week 2 of the government shutdown with no end in sight. In fact, some people are saying this is a good thing because it achieves their aim of shrinking government. Some Congressmen want the country to go off the deep end of the fiscal cliff, not believing that it would have negative repercussions for the population. The problem is that it turns out the government actually helps protect our health.

Thinking about having some meat for dinner?…

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William Seidelman, MD
Arthur Caplan, PhD

A recurring assertion in the ongoing debate on abortion in the United States is the statement that pregnancy is an uncommon consequence of rape. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., has recently argued on the floor of the House of Representatives that an exception for rape wasn’t necessary in a proposed law banning abortions after 20 weeks because “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

Why do so many Americans believe this claim?…

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Doctors Who Torture: Why No Punishment? Thu, 25 Jul 2013 03:42:06 +0000 Maurice Bernstein, MD

Torture has been in the United States’ “backyard” for a number of years. The forced feeding of Guantanamo detainees who are on “hunger strike” is a current example.  One issue beyond the ethics of forced feeding anyone, detainee or not, is what role a physician plays in such an activity and whether such participation should be part of the profession of medicine. Physicians have been used both in the United States and around the world to lend their “professional expertise” when it comes to virtually facilitating and monitoring the process of torture.…

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Human Rights and Human Wrongs Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:04:24 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This has been an exciting week in the world of public policy in the United States. During the last week of its session, the U.S. Supreme Court often releases rulings on its biggest cases. And this year is no exception. In the last two days the Court has ruled on voting rights, gay marriage in California, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The theme that ties all three of these high profile cases together is civil rights and liberties.…

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Lung Transplants and the Bandwagon Bioethics Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:43:22 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In case you have not heard, the big bioethics story this week comes out of Philadelphia where a 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis is in need of a lung transplant to survive. Sarah M has been on the transplant list for a while but her chances of getting a lung are slim. According to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) rules, children under 12 can only get lungs from child donors and can only be offered adult lungs after all potential adult donors have been approached.…

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Data Aggregation and the Medical Marketplace Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:47:37 +0000 Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Big brother is watching you. And calling you. And selling your medical information to a pharmaceutical corporation.

In the modern age of information as commodity, drugmakers buy database that tell them how much of what drug each doctor prescribes, which patients fill those prescriptions, and whether renewals are filled. They know your medical conditions, test results, insurance data, age, ethnicity, and income level.

Several companies have developed with the express purpose of tracking patients and their medical habits.…

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Vermont Passes Physician-Assisted-Suicide Thu, 16 May 2013 19:52:12 +0000 Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Awaiting the governor’s signature, Vermont is poised to become the fourth state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. While Oregon and Washington legalized physician-aid-in-dying through public referendum and Montana through a court decision, Vermont’s is occurring through the legislative process.

The first U.S. aid-in-dying law was the Oregon 1994 Death with Dignity Act. The law faced a referendum to appeal it in 1997 and a Bush administration court challenge was ruled on in 2006.

The Vermont law mirrors those of Oregon and Washington.…

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Carbon, Bioethics and Planetary Health Tue, 14 May 2013 21:50:05 +0000 Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

On May 9, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography independently reported measurements of mean concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels of nearly 400 parts per million (it was actually 399.89 ppm).  For the last 800,000 years, the Earth has not broken 300ppm. This is significant because it shows that despite weak international efforts, atmospheric carbon levels are increasing on an exponential curve.

The number 400ppm is arbitrary but was chosen as a milestone to draw attention to the continuing scientific concern over the increase of atmospheric carbon.…

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Magical NC Bill Builds Obstacles to Teen Health Thu, 09 May 2013 20:40:13 +0000 Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

If you’re a teen in North Carolina, a new bill before the legislature may make it more difficult for you to get sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, mental health counseling, pregnancy care or even substance abuse treatment. To receive any of those, a teen would need written, notarized parental consent. A parent could not simply give permission on the phone, via a note, or even by signing a consent form. No, the parent has to use a notary to give permission.…

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