Bioethics @ TIU

Pain-Capable Abortion Bans

Posted June 26th, 2016 by Philip Thompson

More than three decades ago, I went to visit a friend who was hospitalized at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. On the way from the parking lot to her room, I encountered a group of animal rights activists protesting the use of animals in medical research. To this day I vividly remember the chant they repeated again and again: “A cat is a rat is a… // Read More »

Balancing the benefits and harms of advances in medical technology

Posted June 22nd, 2016 by Steve Phillips

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the annual summer conference of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. This year’s conference was titled Transformations in Care, and it was focused on how medical care is changing and the ethical challenges that go along with those changes. As usual, the conference was excellent with thought-provoking speakers and interesting workshops and paper presentations. One of… // Read More »

Organ Harvesting in China

Posted June 20th, 2016 by Neil Skjoldal

On June 13, 2016 the House of Representatives passed HR 343, “Expressing concern regarding persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.” )  In part, the bill “calls on the United States Department of State to… // Read More »

Gender Indiscrimination

Posted June 15th, 2016 by Mark McQuain

Steve Phillips has recently written in this blog about gender dysphoria and our culture’s struggle to respond consistently to it. Please see here for that discussion. North Carolina recently passed a law requiring individuals to use the bathroom of their biologic sex rather than their self-identified gender. This has resulted in claims of gender discrimination and gender phobia against those who do not wish to… // Read More »

The Gift: a Parable for Our Time

Posted June 11th, 2016 by Susan Haack

Once upon a time lived a woman who loved to garden and care for creation. Her home was a cottage, handed down through the generations, which she had surrounded with the beauty and fragrance of flowers of every variety. While not wealthy, she was content and at peace surrounded by the splendor of creation. One day, while digging in a far corner of her yard,… // Read More »

Testing, testing: Prenatal genetic screening

Posted June 10th, 2016 by Joe Gibes

The June 2016 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology includes a study of the conversations between patients and “Health Care Providers” about prenatal genetic screening (PGS). The objective of the study was to “assess how obstetric health care providers counsel patients regarding prenatal genetic screening and how these conversations influence patients’ screening decisions.” PGS refers to blood and ultrasound tests performed early in pregnancy to determine… // Read More »

Mitochondrial replacement boosterism

Posted June 9th, 2016 by Jon Holmlund

A new Viewpoint article (available for free, without a prescription) from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) asserts that the United States is acting too slowly to advance mitochondrial replacement techniques (MRTs), the so-called “3-parent baby” approach that would seek to prevent mitochondrial DNA disease, which is transmitted maternally.  The authors approve of the recent recommendations by the afore-named Institute of Medicine (IOM),… // Read More »

The ACA and Professional Autonomy

Posted June 6th, 2016 by tuser

by Andrew Kaake At the end of April, the governor of Tennessee signed into law a bill that allowed mental health professionals to refer clients in cases in which treating them according to the standard of care would conflict with “deeply-held beliefs.” Since the passage of this law, the American Counseling Association (ACA) has militated against the state, sending email blasts condemning the law as… // Read More »

An Olympic-Sized Decision

Posted June 6th, 2016 by Neil Skjoldal

Every four years, the nations of the world come together to celebrate sport and sportsmanship in the Olympic games.  The beauty and pageantry of the Olympics make it a quadrennial spectacle that is viewed by billions of people around the world.  Little-known sports gain international attention for a few days and unknown athletes burst into our living rooms with demonstrations of strength, speed, and endurance. … // Read More »

Upcoming Update on Human Gene Editing

Posted June 2nd, 2016 by Jon Holmlund

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will hold a workshop on gene editing July 14-15, 2016 in Washington, D.C.   I regret I will not be able to attend, but interested parties may at least glean some information about the scope of the meeting by following the link to review the program. The information there is necessarily limited, but it looks like most of the presentations… // Read More »