Bioethics @ TIU

Surrogacy Now Legal in DC

Posted April 24th, 2017 by Janie Valentine

As of April 7th, surrogacy is now legal in the District of Columbia.  B21-0016, the Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2015, allows surrogacy agreements to be made and enforced.  Previously, surrogacy contracts of any kind (commercial or not) were illegal, and contracting parties could be imprisoned and fined.[1]  The new law permits both gestational and traditional surrogacy.[2] DC joins 46 states in permitting surrogacy contracts…. // Read More »

How to make Nazi doctors

Posted April 21st, 2017 by Joe Gibes

Most people who go into medicine have as at least part of their motivation the desire to help other people. I’m sure this was as true in 1930’s Germany as anywhere else. So how did a cadre of Nazi doctors come not only to commit crimes against humanity, but also to defend the moral correctness of their conduct when placed on trial for those crimes?… // Read More »

Do Extended Pluripotent Stem Cells Raise Ethical Issues?

Posted April 20th, 2017 by Jon Holmlund

On April 6, the journal Cell published work (subscription or online article purchase required) from the Salk Institute in San Diego, in which scientists have created a new “reprogrammed” stem cell. These cells are called “extended pluripotent stem cells” or “EPS” cells.  They are different from embryonic stem (ES) cells, which are removed from intact embryos that arise from fertilization—typically requiring specific creation and destruction… // Read More »

The Forgotten Woman of Socialized Medicine [1]

Posted April 18th, 2017 by Mark McQuain

In Sweden, there is an ongoing battle in midwifery between conscience rights and abortion rights and abortion rights are presently winning. A recent Wall Street Journal article provides an excellent background and summary of the situation of one Ellinor Grimmarck, a 40-year-old Christian, mother of two, who quit her job in 2007 to return to school to become a midwife. In Sweden, there is an… // Read More »

Greetings and celebrations

Posted April 16th, 2017 by D. Joy Riley

and why there is no bioethics posting today . . . My Muslim friends recently celebrated the Persian New Year with many symbols of spring. My Jewish friends are in the midst of Passover celebration. Today, Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and I am numbered among them. Happy Spring! Happy Passover! Easter Blessings! D. Joy Riley, M.D., M.A.

Reining in the SHEEFs

Posted April 13th, 2017 by Jon Holmlund

Consider the human embryo… Ordinarily, it arises from the union of a sperm and egg to form a zygote, which is totipotent, that is, able to develop into a full individual.  In our time, fertilization can happen artificially, as with artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization, or naturally through the process that is accessible even to educated fleas.  But the zygote develops into a multicellular… // Read More »

Humility before the cross

Posted April 12th, 2017 by Steve Phillips

Last week I wrote about the importance of applying our understanding that every human being is created in the image of God very broadly and not apply it only to selected issues. This week as I reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus I have been thinking about another way that we can think wrongly about what it means to be made in the… // Read More »

Texas ‘Wrongful Birth’ Legislation

Posted April 10th, 2017 by Janie Valentine

On March 21st, the Texas Senate passed SB 25, which eliminates “wrongful birth” as a cause of action for malpractice suits.  The text of the bill states, “A cause of action may not arise, and damages may not be awarded, on behalf of any person, based on the claim that but for the act or omission of another, a person would not have been permitted… // Read More »

Fairness in our moral critiques

Posted April 5th, 2017 by Steve Phillips

Recently a friend sent me a statement by a group of Christians in higher education which took a stand against prejudice and mistreatment toward women, racial minorities, and immigrants. I felt there was an implied request for me to endorse this statement. The statement grounded the concerns of this group on the understanding that all human beings are created in the image of God. I… // Read More »

Six Million Dollar BCI Man

Posted April 4th, 2017 by Mark McQuain

Elon Musk is a very busy billionaire technology entrepreneur. In addition to his previous projects Tesla Motors and SpaceX, he has found time to start a new venture called Neuralink with the goal to connect human brains to computers. Beginning with an initial goal to treat intractable brain disorders such as epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease, he would like to eventually move on to “cosmetic brain… // Read More »