abortion

The Limits to Conscience

January 22, 2018
Last week the Trump administration created a new entity within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) called the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. It was one of several steps the President has taken recently to expand religious freedom protections for health care workers who object to performing procedures like abortion and gender reassignment surgery. Is there a place for conscientious refusal in medicine? What is the danger of this new division?
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Silence = Death

May 18, 2017
On Monday, Trump announced a new policy called Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance. That policy expands the scope of the Global Gag Rule. Also known as the Mexico City Policy, the restrictions of the Global Gag Rule now apply to nearly $9 billion in global health funding provided annually by federal agencies like the State Department and the Department of Defense, in addition to the $600 million in family planning support that is provided by USAID. By denying funds to family planning clinics that provide information or referrals for abortions, the Global Gag Rule already leaves millions of poor women without access to reproductive health and family planning services. Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy will make that already tragic situation worse.
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If Hobby Lobby Wins, We All Lose

April 9, 2014
No corporation should make health care decisions for its employees. Hobby Lobby should abide by the provisions of the ACA, or get out of the way of its employees by paying the “penalty” tax, increasing wages if it must, and allowing employees to select their own plans from the insurance exchanges.
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Would Marlise Munoz’s Fetus Have Survived? Should It Have?

January 27, 2014
It is not the case that a situation like the Munoz case (at least “like” it in terms of gestational age at onset of maternal brain death) has never resulted in the birth of a healthy child; nor is it the case that, had the hospital and the Munoz family only allowed Marlise’s body to remain hooked up to the ventilator for a few more weeks, all would necessarily have been well. We would do well to be more epistemically modest the next time such a case arises.
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Fetuses, Organs and Brain-Death

January 26, 2014
Our reasons for such conscription in the case of organs’ harvesting are much more compelling than in the case of Marlise Muñoz if we take into account the fatal prognosis of the fetus, the experimental character of the continuation of pregnancy in a brain-dead woman, and the better expectations that we might nowadays have when we transplant organs.
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The Munoz Tragedy: A First Step in the Right Direction

January 25, 2014
Judge Wallace was right to reject the application of the TADA and order the withdrawal of the machinery. Whatever the political climate on the abortion issue may be in Tarrant County, perhaps the DA can decide that given the hospital’s concession that the fetal isn’t viable, he doesn’t have to appeal the district court’s ruling.
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Marlise Munoz and Medical Decisions After Death

January 25, 2014
New Jersey permits people to reject brain death on the basis of their religious beliefs and insist that death be declared only upon the loss of all cardiac function. Other states also should allow people to make the same choice and to reject brain death for non-religious reasons as well. In Ms. McMath’s case, her parents should be able to choose between brain death and cardiac death on her behalf.
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Introducing an Online Symposium on the Munoz and McMath Cases

January 25, 2014
Two high-profile, rapidly evolving cases involving death by neurological criteria — better known as “brain death” — raise vexing and sometimes novel legal, ethical, and medical questions at the edges of life and death.
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Stripped for Parts

April 8, 2013
By changing the conversation and making adoption a decision to be praised and honored in our society we could decrease the overall number of abortions and fix a bit of the confusion in our society about life.
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