Ethics & Medicine

Ethics & Medicine is a magazine focusing on Law

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 3, Fall

A Theologians' Brief: On the Place of the Human Embryo within the Christian Tradition & the Theological Principles for Evaluating Its Moral Status
On behalf of an ad hoc group of Christian theologians from the Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox and Reformed traditions and endorsed by: Cardinal Cabal B Daly, BA MA DD, Peritus at Vatican II, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh, Primate Emeritus of All Ireland....
A Thirty-Year Perspective on Personhood: How Has the Debate Changed?
Introduction The concept of personhood remains the central and enduring focus of any intelligent discussion of bioethical norms. Whether the perspective is secular or religious, couched in theological discourse or philosophical verbiage, any theory that...
Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics
Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics J. P. Moreland and Scott B. Rae Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000 ISBN 0-8308-1577-5, 384 pp., paper $22.99 What is a human person, and what follows from the metaphysics of personhood when...
Exit Ramp
EXIT RAMP1 If lost in County Rockingham, A North Carolina mystery Distorts one northbound exit ramp Which enters highway two-twenty. Don't lessen pressure on your brake Or leave your car unoccupied, For gravity reversed may make Your unattended auto...
Guest Commentary: Polygamy and Autonomy
Christians believe that the marital union is to involve a man and a woman in lifetime fidelity. Following this longstanding conviction, Western society has always disallowed polygamy, the practice of a man having more than one wife, or polyandry, a woman...
Old MacDonald Had an Embryo Pharm, E, I, E, I, Oh?
Imagine hearing the following financial news: "Today, the market in sow bellies is down, soybeans are stable, and the market in human embryos is up." Recent developments in embryonic research have moved us one step closer to that scenario. The Jones...
Prenatal DNR Orders and the Baby Doe Regulations: Case Review and Analysis
In a 300-bed hospital in Chicago, the mother of Baby T1 requested an Ethics Committee consultation, to assist her and her family in making plans. At the time of the consultation, Mrs. T was a 21-year-old pregnant woman (gestational age 23 weeks). This...
Regulation of the Healthcare Professions
Ethics & Medicine Regulation of the Healthcare Professions Timothy S. Jost, Editor Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press, 1997 ISBN 1-56793-058-1, 220 pp., paperback $44.00 The significance of this book is that it deals with the power struggle...
Taking Abortion Seriously: A Philosophical Critique of the New Anti-Abortion Rhetorical Shift
Since its genesis in the mid-1960s, the movement against abortion rights (or the "pro-life" movement) has made its case in the public square as well as the courts by emphasizing the humanity of the fetus.1 Its leaders, both popular and academic,2 have...
The Invention of Autonomy: A History of Modern Moral Philosophy
The Invention of Autonomy: A History of Modern Moral Philosophy J. B. Schneewind Cambridge, U. K., and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997 ISBN: 0-521-47399-3; xv + 648 pp., hardcover $74.95, paper $27.95 Many who work in bioethics are frustrated...
To the Editor
Dr. Goodnough's commentary (Ethics & Medicine 17:1) is an important addition to the current debate about the oral birth control pill's (the Pill) postfertilization effects - which would be tantamount to an abortifacient effect to those who believe...
Without Moral Limits: Women, Reproduction, and Medical Technology, Revised Edition
BOOK REVIEWS Without Moral Limits: Women, Reproduction, and Medical Technology, revised edition Debra Evans Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2000 ISBN 1-58134-201-2, 253 pp., paper $14.99 One irony of the legalised abortion era is that there has been an...