CBHD often receives requests from educators and other individuals for popular resources that engage bioethics through various media (fiction, film, and television). In this resource, we offer a recap of materials relevant to global bioethics that have premiered on the silver screen or television. Readers are cautioned that the films represent a wide variety of genres and may not be appropriate for all audiences. The reason for the rating classification is provided where available.
The following sources do not necessarily reflect the Center's position or values. These sources, however, are excellent resources for familiarizing oneself with the all sides of the issue.
“Global social justice.” It is an excellent but overwhelming goal. We rightly care about fellow human beings who are cut off from basic goods like clean water, basic education, and healthcare. Their needs are staggering. Yet, those who are most vulnerable to exploitation are often not those who need something, but those who have something that others desperately want. These victims are the poor and disadvantaged who are the targets of organ trafficking.
Editor’s Note: This essay is an expanded version of parallel paper that was presented at the Center’s 2009 Annual Conference, Global Bioethics: Emerging Challenges Facing Human Dignity and originally appeared in Dignitas 17(3&4): 6-9. Dignitas is CBHD’s quarterly publication and is available to members of the Center.
Consider the following end-of-life case in Thailand:
The United States notably has little federal or state regulations pertaining to the assisted reproductive technology (ART) industry. This is in contrast to other developed nations, which provide more extensive regulations on the use of ART and in many cases restrict its use for certain ends, such as reproductive cloning. While some of these regulations may not be ideal, they are steps taken to ensure the health and safety of women utilizing ART and the children resulting from these technologies, as well as the ethical use of ART by all participants.
2009 Parallel Paper Presentation, Global Bioethics: Emerging Challenges Facing Human Dignity.
An MP3 audio set containing all eight plenaries from the 2009 Summer Conference Global Bioethics: Emerging Challenges Facing Human Dignity: