The Bioethics Podcast 2006

The Bioethics Podcast is an audio resource exploring the pressing bioethical challenges of our day featuring staff, fellows, and associates of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. For more information, click here for The Bioethics Podcast FAQ

Dignidad humana: Aún desafiando la devaluación

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¿Sirve de algo el concepto de "dignidad humana" en bioética? ¿Arroja luz importante sobre toda la gama de temas bioéticos, desde la investigación del embrión y la reproducción asistida, pasando por las mejoras biomédicas, hasta el cuidado de los discapacitados y moribundos? ¿O es, al contrario, inútil; cuando mucho un vago sustituto para otros conceptos más precisos, y en el peor de los casos un simple eslogan que camufla argumentos poco convincentes y prejuicios no expresados?

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Sex and Desire: The Role of Parental Aspiration in Sex Selection (Podcast)

“Is it a boy or a girl?”

Whether after a sonogram or a new birth, the first question we have about a child is almost always about the sex of the child. For millennia parents have anxiously awaited the answer to a question that underscores the mystery and uniqueness of being created male and female. But what happens when the outcome can be decided before the child even enters the mother’s womb?

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The Sanctity of Life

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The “sanctity of life” is a phrase that in recent decades became commonplace in the moral and political debates concerning a wide range of bioethical issues: abortion, embryo research, cloning, genetic engineering, euthanasia, and others. Generally it is used by those of us who oppose technologies or practices that we believe violate the intrinsic value of human life. Some of us who use the term employ it more broadly to denote an ethical approach concerned not just with a handful of bioethical issues but the entire range of moral problems that human beings face, from abortion to poverty, from war to the death penalty, from child abuse to the environment.

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La santidad de la vida

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Traducción: Alejandro Field

 

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Veritas? Harvard's Stem Cell Initiative

Last night I read a press release announcing Harvard University's launch of a privately funded program that will create cloned embryos for the purpose of embryonic stem cell research. I wondered how the institution would handle the ethical controversy surrounding the procedure so I read an article in the Harvard Gazette.[1] Doing so left me thinking how ironic it is that the school's seal bears the Latin word for "truth."

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End of Life Legislation (or New York's Lack Thereof)

If I were to suffer from a health care crisis from which I was unable to speak for myself, who should have the right to speak for me? Common parlance suggests that the closest members of my family (spouse and adult children, in my case) should be able to speak on my behalf. This will indeed be the case for me, because I have an advance directive appointing my wife and adult children as my health care agents. For the 4 out of 5 New Yorkers who do not have an advance directive, there is no guarantee who would have the authority to speak on their behalf.

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Brain Monitoring: An Ethical Assessment (Podcast)

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What if others could literally read your mind? That's a scary prospect! We are already under scrutiny by security, traffic, and face recognition cameras; airport scanners; and other gadgets that monitor our actions and person. In the future we will need to be concerned about increasingly sophisticated devices to monitor our brains. Developments in magnetic resonance imaging and neuroscience make possible detection of brain activity patterns with ever increasing detail.

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Life's Worth: The Case against Assisted Suicide (Podcast)

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"Favoring physician-assisted suicide (hereafter PAS) is intuitive, self-evident; it is a matter of compassion." That is what one of my students recently claimed, and his view is shared by others. "After all," he went on to argue, "what else would any humane person do but assist those who are suffering and terminally ill to die if they wish such assistance?"

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Celling Out: Bioethics and the Culture of Cool

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A buddy of mine from college, one of the few with whom I still maintain regular contact, is convinced that I misplaced my brain somewhere over the course of the last eleven years. He would never say as much, of course, but I have seen it in his eyes on several occasions, especially when we're discussing politics or science. It's the  sort of look normally reserved for someone who is pontificating loudly while drunk—wry and pitying and full of mock interest.

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Fighting for David

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An interview with publicist Adrianna Wright.

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Medicine's Intrinsic Good (Podcast)

What is good medicine? Who counts as a good doctor? These are very large questions that cannot be fully addressed here. I want to focus on a basic aspect of these two questions and on the ethical idea of "the good." The term "good medicine," as I have just used it, is not intended to be contrasted with "bad medicine." Rather it is meant to bring to the fore that medicine is something good in itself, a worthwhile and honorable human activity, a "profession" with a specific object of activity, a human good, to which so many men and women devote their lives; an endeavor full of value and capable of fulfilling a person's life with interest, effort and achievement.

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Encontrar lo humano en la bioética cristiana

Traducción: Alejandro Field

¿Es esto, por cierto, amor: querer encontrarlo fuera de uno mismo? Yo pensaba que esto es amor: traer amor junto con uno. Pero quien trae amor junto con uno al buscar un objeto para su amor (en caso contrario, es mentira que esté buscando un objeto para su amor) encontrará fácilmente, y más fácilmente cuanto mayor es el amor en él, el objeto, y encontrará que es algo capaz de ser amado.

-- Kierkegaard, Las obras del amor.

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Finding the Human in Christian Bioethics

Is this indeed love, to want to find it outside oneself? I thought that this is love, to bring love along with oneself. But the one who brings love along with himself as he searches for an object for his love (otherwise it is a lie that he is searching for an object — for his love) will easily, and the more easily the greater the love in him, find the object and find it to be such that it is lovable.

-- Kierkegaard,Works of Love, 157.

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Terri Schiavo - The First Anniversary

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On March 31st 2005 a brain-damaged woman in a Florida hospice died some days after her tube-delivered food and fluid were withdrawn by court order (1). The case of Terri Schiavo may yet prove to be to end-of-life decision making what Roe v. Wade was to the abortion debate. Or it may not. A year on, with the “pro” view held out in a book just published by husband Michael Schiavo and the “anti” view argued in a book by Terri’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Schindler, where are we?

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Bioethics for Believers: The Role of the Church in Matters of Life and Health

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During the last quarter of the 20th Century, Christian thinker Francis Schaeffer and pediatric surgeon C. Everett Koop embarked on a project to equip the church on the crucial issue of abortion and warn of the looming threats against human life and dignity. Their book and video series,Whatever Happened to the Human Race, contributed to the awakening of evangelical Christians from their cultural slumber. It sounded a call to action and birthed a movement that seeks to protect human life and dignity, moved to care and act on behalf of the most vulnerable in our society.

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