Bioethics @ TIU

The Importance of Advance Directives and Power of Attorneys

Posted April 25th, 2015 by Sarah Sawicki

This week I had the privilege of job shadowing in the clinical ethics department at a hospital here in Illinois. In clinical ethics, it is impossible to know exactly what your days will look like in advance, since your schedule depends on the varying needs of others in your workplace. There may be several days in a row where no requests for consults come in,… // Read More »

Resolution on the Human Trafficking Bill

Posted April 23rd, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

Wednesday’s Wall Street Journalreports that the Senate has reached a resolution of the impasse on the human trafficking bill.  I must say I rather expected this.  The resolution clears the way for the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General.  The Senate Republican leadership had been holding that vote “hostage” as leverage for an acceptable resolution on the trafficking bill.  It was never about… // Read More »

Taking Care of Nana

Posted April 18th, 2015 by Sarah Abbey

According to the Center for Disease Control, the United States has reached an unprecedented time in its history: Americans aged 65 years or older will double in the next 25 years to over 72 million of the US population, accounting for roughly 20% of said population by 2030.[1] As Americans age the cost of medical and health care continues to rise.[2] Coupled with this is… // Read More »

A Drive-By Shot at the Concept of “Liberal Neutrality”

Posted April 16th, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

A couple of writings by Gregory Kaebnick, the editor of the Hastings Center Report, have my attention these days, and I hope to deal with them in my next few posts.  For the moment, I intend to seize on one point he makes in “Engineered Microbes in Industry and Science,” his chapter in a book he co-edited with Thomas Murray, 2013’s Synthetic Biology and Morality. … // Read More »

A Not-So-Open Discussion

Posted April 13th, 2015 by Tom Garigan

Courtney Thiele posted on March 3oth about an article in the Washington Post describing “a new push to de-stigmatize the nation’s most controversial medical procedure by talking about it openly and unapologetically.” A clinic in Maryland called “Carafem” dispenses abortion pills, and “promises a ‘spa-like’ experience for women with an open and unabashed approach to pregnancy termination.” (quotations from the Washington Post’s article) This clinic… // Read More »

(anti)Discrimination Starts in the Womb

Posted April 13th, 2015 by Courtney Thiele

During law school I had the opportunity to take many courses related to health law, including a class on disability law, as well as a class that discussed emerging medical technologies. Though these classes were taught by different professors, and focused on different issues, in each class the theme of discrimination was present. At some point in each respective class, the topic of discrimination based… // Read More »

Abortion and Children’s Books

Posted April 11th, 2015 by Sarah Sawicki

This week a friend of mine posted a link on Facebook which might be the most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen on the social media site: an article regarding a children’s book about abortion. The book itself, called “Sister Apple, Sister Pig,” can be found online here. I find it difficult to even know where to begin this post. While the book does not outright say… // Read More »

“Computers Helping Computers Help People Help Computers”

Posted April 10th, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

That was how one wag, a fellow undergrad at my college in the late 70’s, rewrote “people making computers to help people,” the “tag line” that IBM was using in its TV commercials at the time.  It got a good laugh.  Indeed, it sounded more accurate than the original. Even more so now, I was reminded last week by an interview on the Fox Business… // Read More »

Religious freedom revisited

Posted April 8th, 2015 by Steve Phillips

When I reflect on what has happened in Indiana since I wrote my post of last week I think that Mark McQuain was right in his comment that I was being overly optimistic in my statement “I hope that people will be able to see that upholding the fundamental principle of religious freedom is something that still should be important in our nation.” Since I… // Read More »

A Prayer

Posted April 6th, 2015 by Courtney Thiele

In honor of Easter Week, I decided to do something different for my post this week and share a prayer from the book of Common Prayer: O God, who for our redemption didst give thine only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection hast delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that… // Read More »