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Talking About Vaccines

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When your child is due for vaccinations, print out the list of ethical alternative vaccines and discuss them with your healthcare provider. In my experience, the vaccines that are usually given are unethical, but the office typically stocks, or can readily order, the ethical alternative for your child. Read Article

Moral Culpability in Vaccination

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In 2005, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith was for clarification on whether or not Catholics could, in the course of practicing their faith, use the vaccinations for which there were no ethical alternatives.Read Article

Alternatives & Bioethical Analysis

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Thankfully, there are readily available ethical alternatives to most of the 21 vaccines that are derived from aborted cell lines. These alternative vaccines are morally and ethically licit.Read Article

The Source of Too Many Vaccines

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To say that a vaccine was derived from an aborted cell line sounds both clinical and perhaps even a bit benign. What does it mean and why should it be concerning?Read Article

Vaccine Sources & Ingredients

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I’m fortunate enough to be both a patient and to be able to see the inner workings of the world of medicine. It’s precisely because of my vantage point that I’m able to have a better understanding of these complex issues and, in turn, help you to work through these ethical concerns.Read Article

Risks in Medicine

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The most common answer in medicine is, “It depends.” I’m often frustrated when Alison gives me that answer, but it’s for good reason. The human body is the most complex organism ever created and the potential for disorder is certain. Like a fingerprint, every body is different and so two patients receiving the exact same treatment may experience two opposite outcomes. Read Article

Vaccination and Parental Autonomy

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Parents of young children are routinely faced with ethical decision making in the course of routine medical care, and the ethics of vaccination are a contentious topic right now. Every major medical organization in the United States recommends the vaccination of children, but there are many parents who object to vaccinations.
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The Right to Another Person

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Americans reject the notion that a person has a right to another person. This is most clearly illustrated in our morally correct judgement against slavery. Ironically, despite this rejection, there are many other areas of human activity that we accept as normal that rely exclusively on that right.Read Article

Patient Assistance Programs

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Since the 2000s, pharmaceutical companies have developed patient assistance programs to help cover the cost of some of the industry’s drugs. Since the 2000s, pharmaceutical companies have developed patient assistance programs to help cover the cost of some of the industry’s drugs.Read Article

Reversability

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Does reversibility negate bioethical violation? The human reproductive system is unique as it is the only system that requires a complimentary body to complete its function. All other systems are closed, and self-supporting. The great challenge of the human person is mastering and respecting one’s own reproductive powers.Read Article

About the Author

CHET COLLINS is a full-time sidekick to three small humans. He gets his best creative work done during their nap time. He’s had a keen interest in bioethics since 2003.

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