Bioethics @ TIU

California PAS Bill Passes State Senate Committee

Posted March 27th, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

That’s the page 1 story in my local paper this morning (Thursday, March 26).  The California State Senate Health Committee passed SB 128 by a 6-2 margin.  The debate was accompanied by the usual testimonials, including one videotaped by Brittany Maynard before her suicide. Opponents raised appropriate arguments against the bill.  Perhaps the key statement was made by Dr. Warren Fong, president of the Medical… // Read More »

Fetal homicide

Posted March 25th, 2015 by Steve Phillips

A recent AP news article posted on ABC News online about the bizarre case of a woman in Colorado who said she was pregnant then lured a pregnant woman into her house and attacked her with a knife and cut her baby from her womb, and then told her husband that she had miscarried and the dying baby was her own discusses the related issue… // Read More »

A Right to Know?

Posted March 23rd, 2015 by Courtney Thiele

As humans, we have a desire to know who we are and from where we come. Perhaps our reason for this desire is to learn our history, or to help determine our future. Perhaps we desire this knowledge to understand our current condition – be it a medical condition or simply curiosity. Whether this stems from a desire to better understand one’s own identity or… // Read More »

Rebuilding Trust

Posted March 22nd, 2015 by Cody Chambers

The Texas Tribune reported this week that legislators in Austin have proposed a bill that would forbid physicians from asking their patients about guns.  Joe Gibes has commented on this issue in this blog (“It’s Not Primarily About the Guns” on Sept. 12, 2014).  In Texas, this is set against the backdrop of Open Carry legislation, a change in rules for those licensed to carry… // Read More »

Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis and Abortion

Posted March 21st, 2015 by Sarah Abbey

The predominant purpose of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is to select those embryos that are considered healthy or normal. This inevitably means that those that have a genetic abnormality are discarded. Foundational to how one responds to PGD will be their understanding of the personhood of the human embryo. Often, the ethical debate is approached from the assumption that human life at this stage of… // Read More »

Dealing with suffering

Posted March 18th, 2015 by Steve Phillips

How we understand and deal with suffering plays a large role in how we see many issues in bioethics, particularly those involving the end of life. In his book Walking with God through Pain and Suffering Timothy Keller has some interesting thoughts on how different cultures have dealt with suffering. He suggests that that it is important for us as human beings “to learn how… // Read More »

Good Ethics Requires Bad News

Posted March 17th, 2015 by Tom Garigan

Some bad news took me by surprise this week, taking the form of an article in the Annals of Family Medicine entitled, “Why Medical Schools Are Tolerant of Unethical Behavior.”  The authors described a medical school graduation ceremony in which the speaker thanked professors and healthcare professionals not just for competent and humane care, but for providing examples of “pure unethical behavior.” I wondered if… // Read More »

When Bioethics and Politics Intersect

Posted March 17th, 2015 by Courtney Thiele

This morning the Senate voted on an anti-human trafficking bill, The Justice for Victims in Trafficking Act, that would bolster legal protections for children who are victims of human trafficking. Up until this week, the bill had received bi-partisan support and was expected to pass with little opposition. However, this week discussion arose regarding a provision in the bill that referenced the Consolidated Appropriation Act of… // Read More »

Dignity and Destiny – Part 1

Posted March 16th, 2015 by Chris Ralston

The following is the first in a two-part review of John Kilner’s new book entitled Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God (Eerdmans, 2015). This review was originally published in the Spring/Summer 2015 (Vol. 4.1) issue of the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability (JCID), for which I serve as Book Review Editor. Information on the JCID, including subscriptions and downloadable articles,… // Read More »

Feminism and Egg Donation

Posted March 14th, 2015 by Sarah Sawicki

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the troubling lack of informed consent for egg donation. Many women are completely unaware of the risks and side effects of the procedure. But what seems to be the bigger, underlying problem is that there is a lack of regulation for and research about egg donation. The lack of regulation for egg donation is alarming on multiple levels. On… // Read More »