Less than 40 years ago, being diagnosed with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was a death sentence, as there was no treatment for the virus. Most people who lived through the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s never would have guessed
Everyday we make hundreds and even thousands of decisions. What to eat for breakfast, when to leave for work, and when to stop working and go to sleep. These decisions are usually quick and are lower stakes. However, sometimes we
Do Catholic hospitals have the right to deny treatment or withhold information from patients if the treatment/information goes against the religious and moral beliefs of the hospital? In the United States, Catholic affiliated hospitals care for one in six patients.
Ethical Considerations Regarding Children with Gender Dysphoria: Do younger people have the ethical right and cognitive ability to make decisions about treatment?
Are children affected by gender dysphoria any different from adolescents and adults affected by the same condition? If so, should they maintain the same autonomy and ability to make decisions in situations regarding treatment options, and what role do other
Just because we, as a human race, have the ability to do something, should we? Bioprinting, though a fairly new concept, has a very promising future. The waiting list for an organ transplant is over 120,000 people! Bioprinting would drastically
Is It Your Right to Decide What’s Right? The ethics of using genetic testing to screen for adult onset diseases in embryos
If you could use a technology that would allow you to see the fate of your child, would you? And would you still have that child if you knew that they were going to have cancer suffer or from a
Are depressed people competent enough to make life or death decisions? How can we balance what’s in the best interest for the patient and still respect their wishes? Will the legalization of assisted suicide for those with depression destigmatize suicide
One of the most quintessential questions we ask as humans is: Can we live forever? In the media and movies, the question of the possibility of living forever is usually answered with some far-fetched response involving the word “magic;” however,
What types of decisions should adolescents be able to make? Are they competent and capable to make end of life decisions? Is it right to hold back information from the adolescent? These are the questions that come up when deciding
Human Posterity vs. Planetary Sustainability: The Hard Choice of a Cure for a Disease or a Cure for the Planet
Is it ethical to explore methods of longevity, and cures for certain diseases that affect large amounts of the population, with the knowledge of what population growth will do to the safety of the planet? In 2050, the projected population
What kinds of decisions can you make for your future self? How can we define competence? What does autonomy mean when you’re not “competent”? These are the kinds of questions that patients and their families have to think about as
In America today abortion is legal. However, there are many points of contention where the ethicality is questioned. The purpose of this paper is to discuss whether or not it is ethical to treat Down Syndrome abortions differently within the
Whether it’s the manipulation of embryos, being able to own your DNA, or bringing species back from extinction, the genetic self plays a role before, during, and after life. The genetic self presents the medical world with complex ethical issues
Selection of the Best Possible Child: Should relative morals and opinions determine the next generation?
In 2002, a deaf lesbian couple selected the embryo of a deaf child over others, sparking debate on whether the decision was in the best interests of the child. Through the use of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis