Introducing Her Dignity Network

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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.

Podcast Episode: 
173

Clinical Ethics Dilemmas: Capitulation to a Patient’s Demands

Editor’s Note: This column presents a problematic case that poses a medical-ethical dilemma for patients, families, and healthcare professionals. As it is based on a real case, some details have been changed in the effort to maintain patient confidentiality. The intent of this presentation is to offer ethical analysis and medical recommendations that are consistent with biblical principles. In this case, we explore the weakness of professional healthcare when the patient is demanding, the medical team has weak communication, and there is subsequent capitulation.

Podcast Episode: 
172

Genetic Testing: Ethics, Regulation, and Online Accessibility

People are often uncomfortable with the unknown. This is even more the case with our health, where people want to know as much as possible about potential diseases. With the rapid advances in medical science and technologies, notably the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, people are turning to their genetic make-up to fill in some of the answers. Yet, caught up in the desire to find out all we can about ourselves, we may unwittingly create more unknowns in the process.

Podcast Episode: 
171

A Christian Framework for Engaging in Science Policy

 

Michelle Kirtley, PhD, is the Bioethics and Public Policy Associate at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. 

Podcast Episode: 
170

Clinical Ethics Dilemmas: How Does the Doctor Decide Between Cost and Care?

Column Editor’s note:  This column presents a problematic case that poses a medical-ethical dilemma for patients, families, and healthcare professionals.  As it is based on a real situation, some details have been changed in the effort to maintain confidentiality.  In this case, the community pediatric society struggles with appropriate pediatric care in the face of considerable financial constraints.

Column editor: 
Ferdinand D. (Nick) Yates, Jr., MD, MA, Acting Consultant in Clinical Ethics, CBHD

Podcast Episode: 
169

Announcing: The Christian BioWiki

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