Bioethics @ TIU

Ultrasound before Abortion: Consideration of Recent Research

Posted April 22nd, 2014 by Tom Garigan

In the January edition of Obstetrics & Gynecology was an article entitled, “Relationship Between Ultrasound Viewing and Proceeding to Abortion” by Gatter et al that has already received publicity. There is no doubt that this article will be oft-cited for many years, so it merits discussion. The authors performed a retrospective review of one year’s worth of records at Planned Parenthood clinics in Los Angeles,… // Read More »

Easter, Fertility, Surrogacy

Posted April 21st, 2014 by Christian Vercler

Most of us who celebrated Easter yesterday likely took part in the tradition of the Easter egg hunt. The egg, an obvious symbol of fertility, is an essential part of our spring celebration. Interestingly, the subject of fertility and “social surrogacy” was the focus of an article in Elle magazine last week. The piece told the story of an aging professional who felt she needed… // Read More »

The Two Disciples at the Tomb

The Resurrection Body

Posted April 20th, 2014 by Cody Chambers

“Thou art gone, our precious darling, Never more can thou return, But to sleep, a peaceful slumber, Till the resurrection morn.” Today is Resurrection Sunday, the Festival of Easter, when we celebrate the raising of Christ from the dead for the sake of the redemption of humanity.  Certainly, the Resurrection is about the sacrificial Lamb of God, His purchase of redemption from sin, and His… // Read More »

Reflections on the Metaphors We Live–and Die–By

Posted April 19th, 2014 by Susan Haack

Images powerfully impact how we think and how we live. Metaphors, those images we use to describe the indescribable, to portray the unfamiliar and mysterious, are particularly so because of the identity relationships they create. In my last post, I commented on an article in the NYT entitled, “A Tumor: the Embryo’s Evil Twin,” which described the similarities between embryogenesis and the cellular behavior of… // Read More »

What’s so good about Good Friday? Good Friday and Bioethics

Posted April 18th, 2014 by Joe Gibes

“Why is it called Good Friday?” my ten-year-old son asks. “What’s good about it?” What, indeed. The day we remember a death — and not what people usually mean by a “good” death. When people speak of a good death, they usually mean either that the one dying didn’t die too young or with too much suffering, or that it was as “least-bad” as possible… // Read More »

Pediatric Euthanasia Redux

Posted April 17th, 2014 by Jon Holmlund

Today brings the online publication in JAMA (free access) of an essay, “Pediatric Euthanasia in Belgium: Disturbing Developments,” by Andrew Siegel (U. Penn), Dominic Sisti (U. Penn) and Arthur Caplan (now at NYU). In specific view is Belgium’s February 2014 amendment to its 2002 law legalizing euthanasia.  The amendment, which is now fully enacted in Belguim, extends lawful euthanasia to children with “constant and unbearable… // Read More »


Healing and the Kingdom

Posted April 13th, 2014 by Cody Chambers

By the time we get to chapter 9 of Luke’s gospel, we see Christ’s Kingdom ministry in full swing.  At the start of the chapter we see the commissioning of the twelve for kingdom work, by the middle we see the sending of messengers to make preparations in Samaria, and by the start of the next chapter (10) Christ is authorizing the seventy for the… // Read More »

More on Drug Prices and “Pay for Performance”

Posted April 10th, 2014 by Jon Holmlund

My post last week included a suggestion of “pay for performance” for expensive drugs.  That drew a comment raising concerns about paying physicians based on whether their treatments succeed. I’d like to clarify that my thoughts were limited to expensive new drugs.  The idea—which seems to be gaining currency among, to name one group, payers—is that, in the case of an expensive new drug that… // Read More »

Why should we immunize our children?

Posted April 9th, 2014 by Steve Phillips

A recent NPR All Things Considered story that is summarized on their web site talks about the large number of parents in Marin County in California who choose not to immunize their children by way of personal belief exemptions. This is in a county with a very high average standard of living, but has a high level of children not being immunized. The county recently… // Read More »

Cyber Life After Death

Posted April 7th, 2014 by Christian Vercler

In The New Yorker this week Laura Parker reports on a new internet start-up that has a technological solution to a vexing old problem: mortality. has the tagline in huge font on its site, “Simply Become Immortal.” The CEO, Marius Ursache, says he is trying to solve the “incredibly challenging problem of humanity.” Transhumanists like Ray Kurzweil have been arguing for a while now that… // Read More »