Surprising Surge of Egg Freezing During the Pandemic Raises Ethical Questions
Contrary to the expectations of many fertility clinics, demand for egg freezing has increased sharply during the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting longstanding ethical concerns about egg freezing clinics. The post Surprising Surge of Egg Freezing During the Pandemic Raises Ethical Questions appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 21, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care Covid-19 Ethics Resource Center Hastings Bioethics Forum human egg freezing Human Reproduction Reproduction & Technology syndicated Source Type: blogs

President Biden: Restore the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
The New York City Bar Association has urged President Biden to restore the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. "As the pandemic has tragically underscored, careful thought and deliberation are plainly needed when addre... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 21, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Nova Scotia – Now Everyone Is a Potential Organ Donor
Starting this week, eligible individuals in Nova Scotia who don’t register to be a donor or opt out will be seen as having consented to organ and tissue donation after death. This is called "deemed consent" under the new Human Organ and Tissue Don... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 20, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Motivated Ignorance: A Challenge for Science Communication and Democracy
Many people are deeply interested in the political process and awash in relevant information., but nevertheless often grossly misinformed, holding confident but unfounded opinions at odds with widely accessible evidence The recent riot at Capitol Hill is just one illustration–albeit a horrifying one–of such misinformation and its potential consequences. The anti-vaccine movement is another example. The post Motivated Ignorance: A Challenge for Science Communication and Democracy appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 19, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care Public Health Capitol Hill riot Hastings Bioethics Forum Science and Society syndicated vaccine hesitancy Source Type: blogs

Unrepresented Adults Face Adverse Healthcare Consequences
I have repeatedly called for mitigating the risks faced by unrepresented patients. A group of expert researchers in this area have just published "Unrepresented Adults Face Adverse Healthcare Consequences: The Role of Guardians, Public Guardianship Ref... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 19, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Vaccination Against COVID-19 Needs to be Mandatory
by Matthew Cote, MD, FACEP As the first two major vaccinations for COVID-19 have started to be widely distributed in the United States, a disturbing trend is emerging: many healthcare workers who presumably are educated about the vaccine, are declining to receive it.  While not unanticipated, the degree to which it is occurring among healthcare providers is concerning.  The numbers are not trivial, with up to 40% of some healthcare workers declining the opportunity to get vaccinated as reported recently in the LA Times, Forbes, and AP News. … (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 18, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: COVID-19 pandemic Featured Posts Health Care Health Regulation & Law Vaccines Covid-19 vaccine Source Type: blogs

British Courts Grapple with Terri Schiavo Type Case, Reject Continuing Challenges
In the early 2000s, Terri Schiavo's husband and parents battled across many tribunals over her treatment plan. It has been described as "easily the longest, most bitter — and most heavily litigated — right-to-die dispute in U.S. history." A simila... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 18, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

10-Episode Film Series " The End " Comes to USA
"The End" is a new 10-part film series about three generations of a family with separate but intersecting obsessions – trying to figure out how to die with dignity, live with none, and make it count.The star is an Australian-based specialist ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 17, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Proposed Rule Protecting Infants Born Alive from Discrimination on the Basis of Disability
On January 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a proposed rule promoting the fundamental human dignity of individuals with disabilities in the nation’s health care system and protecting ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 16, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics – 1st Annual Anti-Racism Student Writing Competition
The American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics has announced its 1st Annual Anti-Racism Student Writing Competition.The goal is to encourage graduate students to develop scholarly papers focused on issues at the intersection between race and law, me... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 16, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

MAID Is Now a Legal Option for 364 Million
More than 364 million individuals live in a jurisdiction where they have a right to medical aid in dying. These twenty-two jurisdictions recognize a right to either self-administered or clinician-administered MAID.USA - Oregon (4.2m)USA - Washingt... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 15, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) to Enhance Interprofessional Education
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Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 14, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: GalN Tags: Health Care syndicated Teaching Source Type: blogs

Scripting Death: Stories of Assisted Dying in America
Mara Buchbinder has a new book: Scripting Death: Stories of Assisted Dying in America. "Over the past five years, medical aid-in-dying (also known as assisted suicide) has expanded rapidly in the United States and is now legally available to ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 14, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Can a Global Vaccine Strategy Prioritizing Covid-19 Variant Hotspots be Ethical?
by Richard B. Gibson Ensuring that healthcare resources are made available to those in the greatest need of them – be that individuals, groups, populations, or countries – is not only a matter of public health but also one of ethics. A failure to implement appropriate resources allocation, reflective of a situation’s specific demands, illustrates not only an ignorance of public health factors but also betrays ethical shortcomings. In short, those stakeholders facing the toughest healthcare challenges should be afforded the greatest number of resources.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 14, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: COVID-19 pandemic Featured Posts Global Ethics Justice Public Health Social Justice Vaccines Covid vaccine Source Type: blogs

Preserving Patient Dignity (Formerly Patient Modesty) Volume 116
Let's get started on Volume 116 with this video from YouTube.  It's about 4 minutes or so in length but clearly shows a potentially upsetting relationship between a patient and his physician and physician's office.  On completion of the ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 14, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Maurice Bernstein, M.D. Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

The Bioethics of Built Health Care Spaces
Around the world, an alarming percentage of Covid-19 deaths occurred in long-term care facilities. Some of these deaths may have been avoided by changes in design. It's time that bioethicists to take a closer look at the built health care environment. The post The Bioethics of Built Health Care Spaces appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 13, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care COVID-19 Hastings Bioethics Forum Health and Health Care health care architecture syndicated Source Type: blogs

Lessons to Learn From The Slow Vaccine Rollout
by Arthur Caplan, PhD There is general agreement that the rollout of vaccines in the United States has been a dismal failure. Too many doses are in warehouses, not nearly enough in arms. And too much confusion exists about prioritizing those in need versus allowing institutions and vaccination sites discretion to decide how best to use their supplies. Given these challenges, what lessons can be drawn about vaccination policy going forward? Drawing up priority lists without attention to logistics—where vaccine is being given– is confusing in terms of maximizing protection, vaccines in arms or following ...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 13, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Arthur Caplan Tags: COVID-19 pandemic Decision making Featured Posts Public Health Vaccines Covid-19 vaccine Source Type: blogs

Amendments to Washington Death with Dignity Act – More Accessible MAID
A few days ago, I blogged about how New Mexico MAID legislation is designed to be more accessible than the traditional Oregon model. New Washington State legislation (H.B. 1141) is similarly designed to be more accessible. Waiting Period: The Wash... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 13, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Dementia Directives for Stopping Eating and Drinking – Important Alternative to MAID
Once a patient loses capacity from dementia, medical aid in dying is usually no longer a last resort option. This is exemplified by the case of Christine Bregnard profiled in the Swiss media this week. Only in the Netherlands can one (while capaci... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 13, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Dementia Directives for Stopping Eating and Drinking – Important Alternative to MAID
Once a patient loses capacity from dementia, medical aid in dying is usually no longer a last resort option. This is exemplified by the case of Christine Bregnard profiled in the Swiss media this week.Only in the Netherlands can one (while capacitated)... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 13, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Black Bioethics, Black Health, And White Mobs
by Keisha Ray, PhD In the past I have written on the concept of Black bioethics and when a mob of White domestic terrorists attacked the US Capitol last week I couldn’t help but think of the health of Black people watching these attacks. I thought of the psychological effects, such as mental anguish and anxiety they would cause for Black people. I thought of the stress these attacks must cause Black people and the very real adverse biological effects of stress on Black people, a population who already has disproportionate rates of...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 12, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Keisha Ray Tags: Cultural Ethics Featured Posts Health Disparities black bioethics government regulation Source Type: blogs

Vaccines and Ventilators: Need, Outcome or a Right to a Fair Go?
Written by Julian Savulescu and Jonathan Pugh The current UK approach to allocating limited life-saving resources is on the basis of need. Guidance issued by The General Medical Council states that all doctors must “Make sure that decisions about setting priorities that affect patients are fair and based on clinical need and the likely effectiveness […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 12, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Julian Savulescu Tags: Health Care Jonny Pugh's Posts Julian Savulescu's Posts Pandemic Ethics syndicated Source Type: blogs

Pandemic Ethics: Saving Lives and Replaceability
Written by Roger Crisp Imagine two worlds quite different from our own. In Non-intervention, if a person becomes ill with some life-threatening condition, though their pain may be alleviated, no attempt is made to save their lives. In Maximal-intervention, everything possible is done to save the lives of those with life-threatening conditions. Our world lies […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 12, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Roger Crisp Tags: Health Care Public Health bioethics COVID-19 End of life decisions impersonality Pandemic Ethics person-affecting views Rationing/ Resource Allocation Roger Crisp's Posts syndicated Triage Source Type: blogs

9th International Association for Education in Ethics Conference
The 2021 International Association for Education in Ethics Conference Advisory & Planning Committee invites ethics educators and students to highlight their research or scholarly work through oral presentation or poster display.The virtua... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 12, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review Constitutionality of Texas Advance Directives Act
In July 2020, the Texas Court of Appeals declared the dispute resolution provisions in the Texas Advance Directives Act unconstitutional. In this morning's Order List, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in COOK CHILDREN'S MEDICAL C... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 11, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Michigan Enacts New Statutes for Pediatric DNR Orders
While most legislatures are just getting ready to start a new session, this week, the Governor of Michigan signed three prior session bills into law. The new statutes allow parents and guardians to execute a Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) order on behal... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 10, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

New Mexico Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act – More Accessible MAID
The New Mexico legislature is again considering the Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act. As I suggested in a thorough review and comparison of state MAID laws, New Mexico's legislation is innovative and departs from the traditional Oregon... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 10, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs