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Last week, the Department of Homeland Security  announced the final public charge rule, which revises the interpretation of “public charge” in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under the Final Rule, DHS may find applicants ineligible for a visa for admission to the U.S. or a green card granting legal permanent resident status if it determines… Read more

The post The Public Charge Rule is a Eugenic Policy appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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What would it take for the first case of gene editing of a human embryo, egg, or sperm to proceed in the U.S.? Many legal and ethical hurdles involving clinical trials, for starters.

The post Why Human Germline Editing Might Never Be Legal in the U.S. appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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Kathy Brandt, a leader in the hospice and palliative care movement in the United States, died on August 4. She was 53 and had been diagnosed with a rare, highly aggressive form of ovarian cancer in January. Brandt and her wife regularly posted on social media about their family's end-of-life experiences.

The post Live-Tweeting About Dying: Last Lessons from Kathy Brandt appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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Daniel Callahan's final interview was with an undergraduate eager to learn about bioethics. "I could tell that bioethics was far more than a job to him," she writes.

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There is a strange but charming tradition in the world of classical music of citing musical pedigrees. It’s not unlike the familiar parlor game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but carried out with far greater seriousness. For instance, the renowned American pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher, still performing in his 90s, was a student of… Read more

The post Daniel Callahan – A Remembrance appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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I have been leading a weekly ethics class for middle- and early-high school-aged youth. My preconceived assumptions about the abilities of adolescents to discuss bioethics issues have been dispelled by the depth and nuance of their insights.

The post Teaching Ethics to Adolescents appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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The U.S. government is using dental scans to determine if migrant youths are over age 18. The scans are inaccurate for this purpose, and yet they determine if children are sent to adult detention centers.

The post It’s Unethical to Use Dental X-Rays to Send Migrant Children to Adult Detention Facilities appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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What does it mean to live well on a warming planet? And as the climate changes, how might health care, education, and other sectors support, or obstruct, our ability to respond? The answers to these profound, and profoundly bioethical, questions will critically influence human well-being in this century and beyond. A group of scientists, educators, and bioethicists convened at The Hastings Center recently to consider these questions and begin an interdisciplinary conversation on how bioethics might address the challenges posed by climate change.

The post Living Good and Healthy Lives on a Changing Earth: What Should Bioethics Do? appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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Another June. Another public outcry about cruelty as policy harming migrants in United States custody. This summer, the photo of a drowned family, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter, Valeria, of El Salvador, shocks the conscience. Reporters are documenting the inhumane conditions in a Border Patrol facility where hundreds of children have been held. How should our field respond?

The post From Outcry to Solidarity with Migrants: What Is the Good We Can Do? appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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As the opioid crisis reaches a fever pitch, public perception often lumps chronic pain patients and opioid abusers under the stigma-tainted umbrella of drug user. But the full picture of human interaction with pain, pain management, and addiction is far from black and white. In its most recent narrative symposium, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics published personal stories from those living with chronic pain or opioid abuse disorder. Both groups comment on their need for medical treatment and ethical care.

The post Living with Pain and Opioid Addiction: Bioethics Narratives appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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