Hot Topics: Justice
by Craig Klugman
In a startling whistleblower report, Dawn Looten who is a licensed nurse practitioner at the Irwin County (GA) Detention Center (ICDC) stated that patients were denied COVID tests, medical records were altered and destroyed, and most disturbingly, that a very high number of hysterectomies were performed on detained immigrant women who may not have understood what was being done to them.…Full Article
by Sweta Dubey MBBS & Siddhesh Zadey BSMS
For the first time in human history, over 3.9 billion people in about ninety countries around the world were contained in lockdowns as of the first week of April.…Full Article
Keisha Ray, Ph.D.
Recently the term black bioethics has been having its moment. With the world’s recently increased attention to racial justice, institutional racism, and medical racism, there has been more attention to the relationship between black people and health and health care. …Full Article
by Daniel Du Pont, MD, MBE and Jill Baren, MD, MS, MBA, FACEP, FAAP
The novel coronavirus outbreak, like any pandemic, has brought with it many difficult choices.…Full Article
by Nneka Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM
In my previous article, Unblinded, I challenged the actions of using the crisis standards of care scoring systems to allocate scares resources like ventilators and argued against a color-blind ideology.…Full Article
In honor of Juneteenth, the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education gathered articles and other resources for understanding and celebrating Juneteenth. ARTICLES “The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth” National Museum of African American History & Culture “How to take action on Juneteenth to celebrate Freedom Day” Mashable “Why celebrating Juneteenth is more important now than ever” Vox […]Full Article
by Nicole Martinez-Martin, JD, PhD
Many organizations that are working to end police brutality (the #BlackBioethics Toolkit provides a list of many relevant resources) advise that just reforming police policy is insufficient to address police violence– there need to be sustained efforts for cities to restructure and reprioritize how social services and crime are addressed.…Full Article
by David Magnus, Ph.D.
The past three months have witnessed this country (and the world) go through the most serious pandemic since 1918; the greatest economic collapse since the great depression; and the murder of George Floyd has set off a protest movement across the country that has arguably not been seen since 1968.
Pox Parties for Grannies? Chickenpox, Exogenous Boosting, and Harmful Injustices
Reassessing the Ethics of Molecular HIV Surveillance in the Era of Cluster Detection and Response: Toward HIV Data Justice
Ambulance Charters during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Equitable Access to Scarce Resources
Ethics Lessons From Seattle’s Early Experience With COVID-19
Positive Public Health Ethics: Toward Flourishing and Resilient Communities and Individuals
Should Extremely Premature Babies Get Ventilators During the COVID-19 Crisis?
Eliminating Categorical Exclusion Criteria in Crisis Standards of Care Frameworks
Yesterday’s Child: How Gene Editing for Enhancement Will Produce Obsolescence—and Why It Matters
Impartiality and infectious disease: Prioritizing individuals versus the collective in antibiotic prescription
“Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has agreed to plead guilty to three federal criminal charges for its role in creating the nation’s opioid crisis and will pay more than $8 billion and close down the company.” What harm has already been done? The opioid crisis has been a big obstacle to tackle in recent years due to those that struggle with its addiction and the interests of many pharmaceutical companies.Full Article
The United States has seen a dramatic rise in social unrest drawing large gatherings of protesters at a time when public health officials and physicians are urging people to socially distance to limit the spread of a deadly pandemic. Two distinct protest movements, anti-lockdown and Black Lives Matter, have garnered remarkably different responses from physicians and their professional organizations.Full Article
Racism kills. Whether through force, deprivation, or discrimination, it is a fundamental cause of disease and the strange but familiar root of racial health inequities. Yet, despite racism’s alarming impact on health and the wealth of scholarship that outlines its ill effects, preeminent scholars and the journals that publish them routinely fail to interrogate racism as a critical driver of racial health inequities.Full Article
Three doctors say the pandemic revealed enduring racial inequity — and medicine alone cannot fix it.Full Article
The unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, amplified by the health disparities of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ethnic disparities of the political climate, have shined a spotlight on historical and ongoing institutional racism in America. Many professional scientific organizations have published statements opposing it. But statements have little impact unless actions result from them.Full Article
An academic strike is planned for this week, alongside marches and demonstrations worldwide.Full Article
The inequitable racial landscape of the United States is hardly deniable. The effects of racism on health status and on access to health care are well documented. Comprehensive race/ethnicity data relevant to Covid-19 will likely affirm inequitable patterns in exposure, testing, and treatment, patterns that are already being observed by practitioners in some facilities and officials in some states.Full Article
It’s a moment that people with disabilities have long feared: there’s a shortage of life-saving equipment, like ventilators, and doctors say they may be forced to decide who lives and who dies. People with disabilities worry those judgments will reflect a prejudice that their lives hold less value.Full Article