Posts Tagged with Abortion

  1. Is it Ethical to Use Fetal Tissue for Medical Research?

    [ By on March 16, 2016 ]

    The subject of whether or not it is ethical to use aborted fetal tissue for medical research is a controversial and sensitive one. Many people believe that the use of this tissue is unethical for similar reasons to why one may believe abortion to be unethical; that a fetus is a human life. Moreover, videos of Planned Parenthood selling aborted fetal tissue to biomedical research groups has sparked outrage. Many believe that it is unethical to sell fetal tissue, for it puts a monetary value on human life, thereby devaluing it. However, the way in which fetal tissue is used in medical research is so beneficial to human subsistence that the argument that the tissue came from a "human life" is ...

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  2. The Use of Images in Anti-Abortion Protests/Websites

    [ By on December 17, 2014 ]

    Often times, a strategy used by anti-abortion organizations is to expose the public to graphic images of fetuses. The images tend to be very bloody and traumatizing. They usually depict fetuses aborted in the second or third trimester where they look more like a fully-formed baby. A lot of these photographs have been proven to be fake, suggesting that they are claiming fetuses to be more fully formed then they would be at the times they say they were aborted. Still, however, they are accurate in other ways. It is true that there is a lot of blood, etc. And even if they were real, is it still okay to show them to people? The dilemma here is should anti-abortion groups show ...

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  3. Another Brain Dead Mother Being Sustained to (hopefully) Allow the Baby to be Born

    [ By on July 14, 2014 ]

    Robyn Benson suffered from a fatal brain hemorrhage and is brain dead.  Yet, her husband hopes to keep her on life support to allow their unborn baby to develop until 34 weeks.  How is this different from the case of Marlise Munoz?

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  4. Pros and Cons of Genetically Testing Embryos

    [ By on July 14, 2014 ]

    In this NYT article, differing opinions on the use of genetic testingof embryos are discussed. Some ethicists argue that people can beobligated to use genetic testing in order to spare the nextgeneration. Others argue that discarding embryos which have geneticmutations is wrong because eliminating embryos with such genes isessentially saying someone the mutation should never have been born. Ipersonally believe that people should have the right to geneticallytest embryos if they choose to do so. What are your thoughts on ...

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  5. Marlise Muñoz, alive or incubator?

    [ By on July 14, 2014 ]

    This article discusses the story of Marlise Munoz, a 33 year old pregnant woman from Fort Worth, Texas who was proclaimed to be brain dead after collapsing on her kitchen floor last November because of a blood clot. Texas is part of the handful of states that prohibit medical officials from ending life support to pregnant women, and although Munoz's family had decided to take Marlise off of life support, granting the choice she had made before reaching this condition, doctors at the John Peter Smith hospitals have not complied with this decision. This case brings up issues concerning abortion as well as end-of-life care.  (Thanks for Vera Armus-Laski for this post.)

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  6. How powerful are images?

    [ By on July 14, 2014 ]

    Years ago, before I came to Riverdale, I religiously watched House, MD.  I thought he was funny.  I loved the bizarre relationships on the show.  Often, I enjoyed the detective work (aka critical thinking) that the doctors engaged in to diagnose the patient.  Sometimes, bioethical dilemmas were illustrated.  One episode, Fetal Position, struck me.  It wasn't until I showed part of it to my bioethics class that I realized the episode likely stemmed from a real situation and a real image. (Note, I took the image from here.  Mr. Clancy seems to give permission.)   Hand

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