Reproductive Ethics

Paul Ramsey and Preconceptive Eugenics

 In his surprisingly prescient book entitled Fabricated Man: The Ethics of Genetic Control, the U.S. bioethicist Paul Ramsey demonstrates in 1970 an exceptional premonition of things to come. This includes developments in new reproductive procedures, such as human cloning, and other proposals such as those promoting a post-human future. On the topic of eugenics,[1] furthermore, Ramsey advances his views of possible developments though some of them may be more than a bit controversial. Indeed, he indicates that not all forms of eugenics should be seen as ethically problematic. Some may even be considered as acceptable. This is especially the case with preconceptive eugenics whereby an action takes place before an embryo is created in order to only have a healthy child.

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Adolescent Confidentiality: An Uneasy Truce

How should a physician respond to multiple-party claims of authority?

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163

The Ethics of a Brave New World: A Response to ‘Baby-Making'

The presentation offers a thought-provoking examination of the impact of science, entertainment, and social change on what it means to be human. This presentation was part of an evening event co-sponsored by CBHD and the Trinity International University Drama Department in Spring 2011. Dr. Linholm’s presentation was offered in response to a lecture by CBHD executive director, Paige Comstock Cunningham, JD, titled “Baby-Making: The Fractured Fulfillment of Huxley’s Brave New World.”

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Baby-Making: The Fractured Fulfillment of Huxley's Brave New World, Part II

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We have reviewed the legal and cultural changes that led to widespread use of ART and the creation of thousands of frozen embryos. We have examined the risks and consequences for mothers and their children. We have taken a quick look at some of the social implications. Now, I would like to return to a point I raised in the beginning . . . the Orwellian overtones of some aspects of ART. This is the part that has its rationale in the eugenics of the early 20th century.

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Baby-Making: The Fractured Fulfillment of Huxley's Brave New World, Part I

GATTACA is just one of the examples from literature and popular culture that entice us to slow down and think about some of the most serious ethical questions facing us today. Hollywood has given us The Sixth Day on human cloning, The Island on involuntary organ donors, John Q on organ transplantation, and Minority Report on neuroethics, to name just a few. These are joined in literature by works such as C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength and, of course, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

Sometimes there is an eerie immediacy to the sci-fi futuristic scenarios depicted in these works. Scripts have had to be altered when real-day science threatened to overtake the in-the-future premise of the plot. Meanwhile, the moral conversation, the bioethical reflection, has struggled to keep up. Law and policy lag even farther behind, often feebly attempting to regulate only after a catastrophe or dispute.

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159

Reproductive Ethics in an Abortion Driven Culture: Not for Women Only

This lecture was originally delivered as part of the Spring 2010 Bioethics Colloquia hosted by Trinity Graduate School.

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151

Life on Ice: The Landscape of Embryo Donation and Adoption (Part 3)

The emerging field of embryo donation and adoption presents a variety of ethical issues as an alternative to other contemporary fertility treatments. This lecture explores the landscape of options available in embryo donation and adoption, as well as raises the key ethical and legal issues related to the transfer of embryos.

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Life on Ice: The Landscape of Embryo Donation and Adoption (Part 2)

The emerging field of embryo donation and adoption presents a variety of ethical issues as an alternative to other contemporary fertility treatments. This lecture explores the landscape of options available in embryo donation and adoption, as well as raises the key ethical and legal issues related to the transfer of embryos.

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142

Life on Ice: The Landscape of Embryo Donation and Adoption (Part 1)

he emerging field of embryo donation and adoption presents a variety of ethical issues as an alternative to other contemporary fertility treatments. This lecture explores the landscape of options available in embryo donation and adoption, as well as raises the key ethical and legal issues related to the transfer of embryos.

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141

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