Ethics & Medicine

Ethics & Medicine is a magazine focusing on Law

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1, Spring

Biotechnology News Update
California Proposition 71In November, voters in California will have to decide on a $3 billion referendum to fund human cloning and embryonic stem cell research in the state. We are including for our readers links to several articles and organizations...
CAN ARTIFICIAL TECHNIQUES SUPPLY MORALLY NEUTRAL HUMAN EMBRYOS FOR RESEARCH? Part I. Creating Novel Categories of Human Embryos
AbstractManipulations of the molecular composition and formation of human embryos are posing vital new challenges to traditional concepts of human identity and procreation. Current trends in embryology in particular are reshaping the ethical question...
How Then Should We Do Medical Research?
What is the Declaration of Helsinki and why is it worthy of a doctoral thesis being devoted to it? The Declaration of Helsinki is one of the 20th century's most remarkable texts. In this document, the World Medical Association1 seeks to provide "a statement...
Immediate Animation: Thomistic Principles Applied to Norman Ford's Objections
AbstractNorman Ford and other scholars argue that the human embryo cannot have a human soul until after week two of fertilization. They claim that the individuality proper to ensoulment requires the development of the primitive streak and excludes the...
Lebensunwertes Leben: The Devolution of Personhood in the Weimar and Pre-Weimar Era1
AbstractRadical social change in most societies does not typically occur "overnight." It requires preparation-preparation in the way people think. The rise of euthanasia in western culture is a case in point. In order for assisted death to be increasingly...
My Sister's Keeper: A Novel
My Sister's Keeper: A Novel Jodi Picoult New York: Atria Books, 2004 ISBN 0743454529; 423 PP., HARDCOVER, $25.00Many ethicists are concerned about such the new practice by which a family chooses to conceive a child to help another. Using prenatal genetic...
Open Embrace: A Protestant Couple Rethinks Contraception
Open Embrace: A Protestant Couple Rethinks Contraception Sam and Bethany Torode Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 2002 ISBN 0802839738; 123 PP., PAPERBACK, $12.00Open Embrace: A Protestant Couple Rethinks Contraception is one couple's theological...
Pain Definitions Revised: Newborns Not Only Feel Pain, They Also Suffer
AbstractPremature babies are relatively unreactive, often being completely isolated in an incubator and considered incapable of social behavior. To the attentive observer, however, they reveal an unsuspected emotional world: not only do they feel pain...
The Wisdom of Costa Rica
The United Nations' legal committee has been debating two conflicting proposals on cloning. The so-called Costa Rican resolution, which is co-sponsored by the United States and about 60 other countries, would prohibit cloning for purposes of both reproduction...