Women's Health

The Rights and Responsibilities of Pregnant Women

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Is it ethically permissible for a woman to forego potentially life-saving treatment for her unborn child?

Podcast Episode: 
106

Discount Babies, Discounting Dignity

Violations against human dignity, sadly, abound in many of forms. The problem of mass labor exploitation is one that has not gone unnoticed, yet it seems little progress is being made to correct this wrong. Adults and children in all parts of the world are victims of societies that have elevated economic prosperity over human dignity. Poor working conditions, long hours, and low wages are just the tip of the iceberg. A recent set of allegations reported by ABC News confirms what we already knew.

Podcast Episode: 
76

The Costs of Technology in Women's Health, Part II

Our technological society, ruled as it is by the technological imperative, is actively engaged in the pursuit of progress regardless of the cost.  This progress is often ill-defined; we are “committed to the quest for continually improved means to carelessly unexamined ends.”  While cost-benefit analyses are frequently performed to ascertain the efficiency of progressive techniques in terms of monetary value, seldom do we truly count the immaterial costs of progress.  One area of medicine where these changes are vividly portrayed is the arena of women’s reproductive health where to the goals of life, health, and happiness, “a perfect child of our own” is added.  Here, too, we have failed to count the immaterial costs of such a project.  We’ve failed to see how our blind pursuit of elusive but noble goals is threatening not only the profession of medicine, but the very nature of our humanity as well.  This paper will explore some of the costs of technology in women’s reproductive health—costs to the art of medicine as well as the nature of marriage, reproduction, and children.

Podcast Episode: 
62

The Costs of Technology in Women's Health, Part I

Our technological society, ruled as it is by the technological imperative, is actively engaged in the pursuit of progress regardless of the cost.  This progress is often ill-defined; we are “committed to the quest for continually improved means to carelessly unexamined ends.”  While cost-benefit analyses are frequently performed to ascertain the efficiency of progressive techniques in terms of monetary value, seldom do we truly count the immaterial costs of progress.  One area of medicine where these changes are vividly portrayed is the arena of women’s reproductive health where to the goals of life, health, and happiness, “a perfect child of our own” is added.  Here, too, we have failed to count the immaterial costs of such a project.  We’ve failed to see how our blind pursuit of elusive but noble goals is threatening not only the profession of medicine, but the very nature of our humanity as well.  This paper will explore some of the costs of technology in women’s reproductive health—costs to the art of medicine as well as the nature of marriage, reproduction, and children.

Podcast Episode: 
61

Overseas Surrogacy: How Far May We Go?

In early February 2007, Reuters news service reported on a practice that has become much more visible during the past year: using a surrogate mother in India.[1] People in various parts of the world who cannot (or, at least potentially, prefer not to) undergo a pregnancy are providing their eggs and sperm to produce embryos that can be transferred into a surrogate mother’s womb in India for the duration of the pregnancy.

Podcast Episode: 
39

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