Bioethics @ TIU

Abortion: “Loopholes” and Attitudes

Posted August 27th, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

Earlier this week, Dr. Scott Gottlieb wrote in the Wall Street Journal about “Closing the Planned Parenthood Loophole.”  In his article (which was accompanied by a photo of a 12-week fetus), Dr. Gottlieb argued that the 1993 National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act should be amended to delete the word “solely” from the requirement that the doctor performing the abortion certify that “no alteration of… // Read More »

Seeing the Horror

Posted August 24th, 2015 by Tom Garigan

A video released by The Center for Medical Progress (CMP)  about Planned Parenthood included these words: “Some viewers may find this content disturbing.” It was to warn the viewer about the images of piled fetal body parts dumped from a bag by an abortion clinic worker. What might be most disturbing…and chilling…is not the body parts, but the casual and glib attitudes of the Planned Parenthood… // Read More »

More about Doctor-Assisted Suicide—in California and Elsewhere

Posted August 20th, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

The Californian proponents of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) have repackaged their proposed law into AB 15, hoping to enact it in a special legislative session, dealing with health care costs, in which they can bypass the pesky consciences and principles of state Assembly members on the Health Committee, several of whom are Southern California Latino Democrats.  One way or another, they must silence those “dogmatic” opponents… // Read More »

A biblical view of animals

Posted August 15th, 2015 by Steve Phillips

Sarah Sawicki ended her post on 8/1/15 with the questions “How can I address injustices toward animals without promoting logic that excludes some people from personhood? Is it possible to balance these two causes, or must one fall in favor of the other?” I think she is correct in her concern about the use of a capacity definition of personhood to establish the personhood of… // Read More »

The Hippocratic Oath and #TransHealthFail

Posted August 15th, 2015 by Sarah Sawicki

Earlier this month, the Twittersphere erupted with a new hashtag that quickly reached trending status: #transhealthfail Transgender people are sharing their negative experiences with health care using this hashtag. The experiences range from health care providers suggesting their patients get help elsewhere, even if their problems weren’t related to their sexuality, to blatantly making unprofessional comments about their sexual identity, even going so far as… // Read More »

Baby, You Can’t Drive Those Genes

Posted August 13th, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

One risky aspect of the practice of gene editing—exploding because of the powerful CRISPR/Cas9 technique—is the prospect for widespread and permanent genetic alteration of whole species from a process called “gene drive.” In classical genetics, initially defined by the 19th-century Moravian cleric Gregor Mendel, frequency of the inheritance of genes is controlled by more or less simple arithmetic.  Higher organisms (animals and man) have two… // Read More »

From Binary to Countless Fragments

Posted August 10th, 2015 by Tom Garigan

In the Republican presidential debate on August 7th, former governor Mike Huckabee was asked about the federal government’s plans for inclusion of transgender people into the military. In a less-than-articulate objection, Huckabee stated, “The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things.” He did in fact then add, “The purpose of it is that we protect every American.” Indeed, the purpose of… // Read More »

Tissue Donation and Barbarism

Posted August 6th, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

Much has been written about “the Planned Parenthood videos” taken by the activist group Center for Medical Progress (CMP), far beyond my poor power to add or detract.  But I can’t help but think that, as with organ donation at the end of life, once practitioners start looking beyond the death of a human being, their mindset is on a procedure, not on humanity.   The… // Read More »

The Personhood Problem

Posted August 1st, 2015 by Sarah Sawicki

This week, a New York judge dismissed a case seeking to free and grant personhood to two chimpanzees being used in studies by Stoney Brook University. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe issued a thirty-three page document outlining the reasoning behind her decision. A higher court had ruled on a similar case last year, so she was bound to follow suite. The Nonhuman Rights Project,… // Read More »

On the Safety Argument Against Gene Editing

Posted July 30th, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

As discussed in an exchange earlier this year on this blog, one of the concerns about editing the human germline is that the risks to the next generation and future generations are not predictable, and the experiments to address those safety concerns cannot be done ethically.  Go here, and to the embedded links, to review.  Recently, Paige Cunningham and Michael Sleasman of the Center for… // Read More »