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.
What Has Culture Really Decided about Emergencies and Euthanasia?
The United States has the most affluent and technologically advanced healthcare system in the developed world, offering increased life-expectancy and quality of life to many. Yet it is also the most inequitable system in the developed world, with many of its own residents lacking access to this system of care—a fact which weighs heavily on our national conscience. Consequently, healthcare reform is again an urgent political issue, with the most recent reform package estimated to cost over $3 trillion to institute.
2009 Parallel Paper Presentation, Global Bioethics: Emerging Challenges Facing Human Dignity.
A recent article1 reported on research showing harmful bacteria can linger on computer keyboards and provide a means of spreading infection. The bacteria were deliberately placed on the keyboards, rather than transmitted by users’ hands, but the point was made that contaminated keyboards can pass on pathogens to later users. The authors recommended frequent disinfection of computer keyboards accessed by multiple users and hand washing after using keyboards and before contact with patients.
In the last half-century, childhood vaccines have been a great blessing, greatly decreasing death and disability due to infectious diseases. Most grandparents today are old enough to recall the scourges of polio, whooping cough, and other childhood infectious diseases. Visions of children languishing in iron lungs in institutions and of the braces and wheelchairs of victims of paralytic polio come to mind.