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The Paradigm of the Paradox: Women, Pregnant Women, and the Unequal Burdens of the Zika Virus Pandemic
Lisa H. Harris, Neil S. Silverman & Mary Faith Marshall

The inequalities of outcome are, by and large, biological reflections of social fault lines (Paul Farmer, 1999, 5) Three paradoxes characterize the Zika virus pandemic and clinical and policy responses to it: Zika virus has been shown to cause severe developmental anomalies in the fetuses of infected women. As a result, both women and men in endemic areas are asked to avoid or delay pregnanc...

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Biases and Heuristics in Decision Making and Their Impact on Autonomy
J. S. Blumenthal-Barby

Cognitive scientists have identified a wide range of biases and heuristics in human decision making over the past few decades. Only recently have bioethicists begun to think seriously about the implications of these findings for topics such as agency, autonomy, and consent. This article aims to provide an overview of biases and heuristics that have been identified and a framework in which to think...

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Aboriginal Health Care and Bioethics: A Reflection on the Teaching of the Seven Grandfathers
Jaro Kotalik & Gerry Martin

Contemporary bioethics recognizes the importance of the culture in shaping ethical issues, yet in practice, a process for ethical analysis and decision making is rarely adjusted to the culture and ethnicity of involved parties. This is of a particular concern in a health care system that is caring for a growing Aboriginal population. We raise the possibility of constructing a bioethics grounded in...

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