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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.
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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

On Ireland

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The election results from Ireland last month were heartbreaking. More than that, they were disconcerting. Irish voters went to the polls to repeal a constitutional ban on abortion. The jubilant pictures from the watch parties were difficult to stomach. Is abortion really something to celebrate? Read Article

Proportionality

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When we face challenging diagnoses, it can be hard to judge between artificially prolonging life and justly extending our life by overcoming illness. It’s good to apply a test of ordinary versus extraordinary means to a treatment, but there’s a secondary standard that may crystallize the right path forward. That standard is one of proportionality.Read Article

Parental Rights Crisis

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In the United States, when a married couple has a child, there is a solid legal framework that grants joint custody and agency to the mother and father. This is a reasonable assumption on the part of the law. There is a coming crisis in the realm of medical powers of attorney and it relates to the sharp increase over the past half-century of births to non-married parents.Read Article

Religion & Bioethics

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We’re all at fault for our polarized culture. In public and private debate, we retreat with haste to ad hominem attacks and identity politics, arguing against a point (or a person) instead of strongly advocating for our own view. One of most effective tactics is to claim that the opposing party is attempting to impose their religious beliefs on another. That argument is disingenuous on its face, because in all debate, one party hopes to apply their worldview on the other.Read Article

Why Conscience Rights

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The importance of conscience rights cannot be understated. The independence and autonomy of clinicians is a principal benefit to the patient. By accepting and respecting the clinician’s medical decision making, we can have justified true belief that they will act in their patient’s best interests.Read Article

Tie Goes to the Runner

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My brother absolutely loves baseball. As long as I can remember, he’s followed the sport with great enthusiasm, memorizing stats and following the Atlanta Braves through their entire season. There’s a great rule in baseball that helps umpires make the most difficult calls: tie goes to the runner.Read Article

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