Bioethics @ TIU

IVF and respect for the dignity of human life

Posted June 28th, 2017 by Steve Phillips

This past Thursday through Saturday I was at the CBHD summer conference which was focused on genetic and reproductive technologies. One of the sessions that I found most interesting was the final session on Saturday in which representatives of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions of the Christian church discussed how their traditions view reproductive technology with a focus on in vitro fertilization. The… // Read More »

Samaritan Ministries and Ectopic Pregnancies, Addendum

Posted June 26th, 2017 by Janie Valentine

A couple of weeks ago, I posted this piece commenting on Samaritan Ministries’ policy regarding ectopic pregnancies.  A few days later, my husband was contacted by Samaritan representatives, who requested that he and I meet with them while they were on Trinity’s campus for the CBHD conference. We met Friday afternoon, and they took time to explain their position on treatment for ectopic pregnancy as… // Read More »

Two Random Thoughts about Health Care Policy and Justice

Posted June 22nd, 2017 by Jon Holmlund

I haven’t yet read the Senate Republicans’ draft health care bill, just out today.  Until I do I’m not going to comment about it directly. The matter is a bioethics concern solely from the perspective of justice, really.  What is the wisest, most just policy?  And here one is forced, I think, into a fairly utilitarian assessment of what approach provides the best outcome for… // Read More »

Voltaire and Alternative Definitions

Posted June 19th, 2017 by Mark McQuain

“If you wish to converse with me,” said Voltaire, “define your terms.” How many a debate would have been deflated into a paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms! This is the alpha and omega of logic, the heart and soul of it, that every important term in serious discourse shall be subjected to strictest scrutiny and definition. It is difficult, and… // Read More »

Inherent Problems with Commercial Surrogacy in India

Posted June 18th, 2017 by Philip Thompson

The degree to which financial incentives can muddle ethical deliberation and practice is evident in the commercial surrogacy trade in Indian. For years, “rent-a-womb” services to foreigners has been “big business” indeed, generating nearly $1 billion annually. Would-be Western parents, many from the U.K. and Scandinavia, argue that commercial surrogacy arrangements are a win-win situation for everyone. They get the baby they’ve longed for and… // Read More »

Single-Payer in California?

Posted June 15th, 2017 by Jon Holmlund

I’m not sure that even advocates of single-payer health care will find the spectacularly overreaching “Healthy California Act” (California Senate Bill 562) a good idea.  Follow the link and read the text yourself—I link, you decide. While the bill appears at points to read like a re-assertion of current federal programs, and perhaps some related private insurance (e.g., Medicare Advantage), in fact it looks to… // Read More »

Educating the church about how to think about bioethics

Posted June 14th, 2017 by Steve Phillips

Janie Valentine’s post on Monday about a Christian health sharing ministry considering the surgical treatment of ectopic pregnancy to be the moral equivalent of abortion points out a major concern related to the church and bioethics. This is particularly a concern regarding the evangelical Protestant church and bioethics. With its hierarchical structure the Roman Catholic Church has a way of connecting the well considered thoughts… // Read More »

Samaritan Ministries and Ectopic Pregnancies

Posted June 12th, 2017 by Janie Valentine

As I was reading Laura Turner’s Buzzfeed essay about Christian health sharing ministries this past week, I was startled to discover that Samaritan Ministries, the insurance alternative my husband uses, does not cover expenses related to ectopic pregnancies. In Section VIII of the Samaritan Ministries Guidelines, “Needs Shared by Members,” Ectopic Pregnancies is listed as the ninth item under “Miscellaneous Items Not Shared.” The guidelines… // Read More »

Health care disparities: a pro-life issue

Posted June 9th, 2017 by Joe Gibes

This month’s Health Affairs carries an article examining the correlation between one’s income and one’s perceptions about one’s own health and health care. Worldwide, those with the lowest incomes feel that their health is worse than those with the highest incomes do. They also are more likely than those with higher incomes to skip necessary treatment because they can’t afford it, and are more concerned that if… // Read More »

Most pressing bioethics issue

Posted June 7th, 2017 by Steve Phillips

In yesterday’s post Mark McQuain asked the readers of this blog what they consider to be the most pressing bioethics issue in the context of a call for our president to establish a bioethics council. He referred to my recent post on reproductive ethics and the manufacturing of children. I think that is important. I also think that abortion including the aborting of children with… // Read More »