Bioethics @ TIU

Atul Gawande’s Look at Mortality, Part 2

Posted July 26th, 2015 by Jerry Risser

I was invited to write a review of the book, Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande recently. While not a Christian book, it addresses end of life issues of interest to all involved with bioethics. This is the second half of the review, the first of which can be found here. Nearly half of Gawande’s book reflects on final things, on letting go of life in… // Read More »

Responding to the “Dogma” charge

Posted July 23rd, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

From time to time, conservative positions on bioethical issues—e.g., opposition to physician-assisted suicide—are met with a charge that religious “dogma” is asserting itself, sometimes successfully, against the dictates of reason.   This charge merits response, although I find it pretty weak.  I personally find it necessary to resist the temptation to be nothing more than a haughty moralist in responding.  Perhaps I am not alone in… // Read More »

Planned Parenthood and the moral standing of the medical profession

Posted July 22nd, 2015 by Steve Phillips

Last week I wrote about the idea that the acceptance of a set of objective moral standards is essential to physicians being members of a profession rather than simply being technicians. I discussed how violation of the long-standing Hippocratic prohibition of euthanasia leads to a degradation of medicine as a profession. This week Planned Parenthood has been in the news because of the distribution on… // Read More »

Physicians, the morality of euthanasia, and the Hippocratic Oath

Posted July 15th, 2015 by Steve Phillips

In his post on Monday, Tom Garigan suggested that one of the primary reasons that those who favor physician-assisted suicide propose that physicians be the ones providing the means of death is that the involvement of physicians gives moral certification to what is being done. I think this is a very important insight. As I have thought about what he wrote I have been thinking… // Read More »

The Physician’s Imprimatur

Posted July 13th, 2015 by Tom Garigan

In a previous blog response about physician-assisted suicide (PAS), Mark McQuain asked, “Why involve physicians at all?” That question gets too little attention. There are some easily discernible (and perhaps expressed) reasons why physicians are chosen to be the agents of assisting suicide. First, they have access to pain- or consciousness-relieving pharmacologic measures that also have the (in this case) desirable effect of stopping breathing… // Read More »

PAS Shelved (For the Moment) in California

Posted July 9th, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

California Senate Bill 128, the “End of Life Options Act,” has stalled in the state Legislature, and appears to have no prospects for passage this year.  The bill, which is modeled on Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide (PAS) law, had passed the state Senate 23-15, largely on party lines.  (There are 26 Democrats and 14 Republicans in the state Senate; all Republicans had opposed the bill and… // Read More »

Conversations Regarding End of Life Decisions

Posted July 7th, 2015 by Courtney Thiele

Talking about end of life decisions and death can be uncomfortable. Talking about death and end of life care decisions with the ones we are closest to can be paralyzing. Maybe the difficulty comes from the desire to avoid any thoughts of losing the ones we love. Perhaps it is an expression of denying the reality of death. Even though death is a reality everyone… // Read More »

Atul Gawande’s Look at Mortality

Posted July 5th, 2015 by Jerry Risser

I was invited to write a review of the book Being Mortal by Atul Gawande recently. While not a Christian book, it addresses end of life issues of interest to all involved with bioethics. This is part one of two. Evidence of humankind’s tendency to avoid the inevitable surrounds us in our culture. Burgeoning numbers of technological and surgical enhancements, from Botox to Nano therapy,… // Read More »

Sexual morality and the goodness of God

Posted July 1st, 2015 by Steve Phillips

Last week I wrote about Robert George’s presentation at the CBHD summer conference. He expressed very clearly how important the difference is between seeing human beings as a unity of spirit and body and seeing human beings as non-bodily persons who inhabit and use non-personal bodies. We have seen one of the implications of that difference play itself out this week in the Supreme Court… // Read More »

Bioethics and Gnosticism

Posted June 24th, 2015 by Steve Phillips

I am continuing to reflect on the ideas presented at the CBHD summer conference this past week. The talk that impacted me the most was given by Robert George on Thursday evening. His topic was Bioethics and Gnosticism. His focus was the distinction between different concepts of who we are as human beings. One way to think about who we are which is present in… // Read More »