Bioethics @ TIU

Refusing to Acknowledge the Human Dignity of Refugees

Posted November 27th, 2015 by Joe Gibes

One useful method to try to deny the fact that someone possesses basic human dignity is to cultivate an “us vs. them” mindset. To do this we must ignore the individual in front of us and instead see only the class of people they represent to us. This helps us to forget that the other person possesses the same human dignity that we have, and… // Read More »

Body Integrity: Choice vs Design?

Posted November 26th, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

In my search for new topics I ran across the obscure “Body Integrity Identity Disorder,” or BIID.  This is described as a condition—if, indeed, it is a legitimate diagnosis—in which a person is troubled by the presence of a perfectly healthy body part, nominally a limb, and wants it amputated to restore a sense of personal wholeness.  One 2009 review argues that this is a… // Read More »

Are we losing the concept of objective moral truth within the church?

Posted November 25th, 2015 by Steve Phillips

I participated in two discussions in the past few weeks that have me concerned. The first was a discussion with the members of the Advisory Council that works with the Center for Ethics that I am involved with at Taylor University. We were discussing how we as Christians should live in a society that is rejecting Christian moral values more and more. One member of… // Read More »

A View from the Other Side: Roboticized Care

Posted November 21st, 2015 by Susan Haack

After years of disillusionment with regard to the bureaucratization of medicine and dissatisfaction with my increasing inability to care for patients appropriately (issues I wrote about frequently on this site), I retreated, retiring from the practice of medicine in 2014. Having lived a healthy life-style, I hoped to avoid contact with the system, an intention made more possible by the recent trend towards elimination of… // Read More »

So are “reprogrammed” stem cells “just as good” as those from embryos?

Posted November 5th, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

There is considerable enthusiasm for the use of “reprogrammed” pluripotent stem cells, or iPSCs, for use in the laboratory and as possible cellular treatment for people with certain injuries or diseases.  This enthusiasm is warranted; human iPSCs (hiPSCs) are readily obtained, and without the destruction of a human embryo as is needed to obtain a “natural” human embryonic stem cell (hESC).  Therefore, iPSCs are often… // Read More »

Bias and the safety of IVF

Posted November 4th, 2015 by Steve Phillips

An article last week on Medscape reported that the results a new study on IVF were announced at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2015 Annual Meeting. The president of the ASRM was reported as saying the study findings “provide a lot of reassurance that the kinds of treatment that some couples need to conceive, including in vitro fertilization, are not risky.” However, this statement… // Read More »

Babies and unnecessary pain in research

Posted October 15th, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

A Reuters news service article this week reported that many babies are subjected to excessive or unnecessary pain in the course of medical research.  The article provided a link to an online report from the journal Acta Paediatrica. The authors of the article in question (freely available through the link above) summarized their review of 46 recent (previous 2 ½ years) clinical trials testing analgesic… // Read More »

Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God

Posted October 14th, 2015 by Steve Phillips

The idea that human beings are made in the image of God is foundational for all of Christian bioethics. Sometimes such a foundational idea becomes so much a part of how we think that it is easy to forget that it could be misunderstood in ways that are quite harmful. In his book, Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God, John Kilner has… // Read More »

Caring for people and animals

Posted October 7th, 2015 by Steve Phillips

Last night the Taylor University Center for Ethics that I work with sponsored a Conversation on Animal Welfare and Christian Ethics that focused on the Evangelical Statement on Responsible Care for Animals which was just recently released and can be found on the Every Living Thing web site. To read the statement you can click on the “sign the statement” button which gives you the… // Read More »

PAS and Conscience?

Posted October 1st, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

Wesley Smith offers this link to a Dutch story about a family considering legal action against the general physician who declined to support a family member’s wish for assistance in dying. The article, which I was able to read only after Google toolbar translation from the Dutch, describes the case of a person who apparently was 19 years old and wanting to end her life… // Read More »