Players of the ”L’Etoile de Guinee” football team poses with a sign reading ”Stop to the ebola epidemic” prior to a football tournament gathering youth from Guinea near the Koumassi sports center in Abidjan on August 10, 2014. West Africa was counting the cost of measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic on August 10, as unprecedented restrictions caused snarled transport, food shortages and soaring prices. Photo credit: SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images
As the world comes to terms with the recent Ebola outbreak, several ethical questions have arisen, many of which relate to the distributions of Ebola vaccines, and who should be given priority.
Was it ethical for the two American missionaries to receive treatment for Ebola ahead of the local Liberian population?
Posted in Bioethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues, In the News
Tagged Africa, Bioethics, Celia B. Fisher, Christian, Ebola, Ethics, Liberia, Missionaries, Morality, vaccine trials, Vaccines
The Ethics Special Primary Interest Group (SPIG) of the American Public Health Association (APHA) is slated to become to an official section of the organization in July. While this may appear to be merely a structural change within an organization, the promotion of the ethics group of APHA has wider implications for the discipline.
“The transition from a SPIG to a formal Section will position public health ethics as a full participant at the multidisciplinary table,” explained Lisa Lee, Ph.D., M.S., chair of the Ethics SPIG and Executive Director of the President Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. “Our primary aim is to integrate ethical decision making into the fabric of public health practice so ethics is viewed as and becomes a facilitator of great work rather than an obstacle.”
By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.
Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives, in what was the first large-scale experiment to determine whether this procedure could someday result in pregnancy. Was this experiment ethical, and if so, should it continue?
Posted in Bioethics, In the News, Opinion
Tagged Bioethics, Center for Ethics Education, Dr. Mats Brannstrom, Elizabeth Yuko, Embryo, Experimental treatment, Fetus, Fordham University, Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute, Human subjects research, Hysterectomy, Organ donation, Organ Transplantation, Pregnancy, Sweden, University of Gothemburg, Uterus, Womb, Womb transplantation
About 10 years ago, Charles Camosy decided to give up eating meat. Camosy, an assistant professor of Christian Ethics at Fordham University, believed that this change in diet was necessary in order to be authentically and consistently Christian and pro-life.
In his new book, For the Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action, Camosy makes the argument that Christian ethics and doctrine require the moral treatment of animals, and are therefore incompatible with the consumption of meat. Using history and scripture, Camosy discusses the roots of this Christian belief, before examining how these ideas translate into everyday life. He asks questions regarding whether Christians should eat meat, and what sort of medical research on animals can be justified, in addition to considering the ethics of pet ownership and hunting.
Posted in Bioethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues, In the News
Tagged Animal Ethics, Animal Treatment, Catholic Church, Catholic Moral Theology, Charles Camosy, Christian Ethics, Christianity, Food ethics, Fordham University, Jesus, Meat Consumption, Peter Singer, Vegetarianism
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has today issued a notice to the extramural grantee community regarding the lapse of federal government funding.
Depending on the length of the funding lapse, once NIH non-excepted staff are authorized to resume operations, it will take time for full operations to be resumed. In other words: prepare to wait.
Posted in In the News
Tagged Animal welfare, Electronic Research Administration, Funding lapse, Government, Government shutdown, Grant Applications, Grants, National Institutes of Health, NIH, Sally Rockey, United States
By: Robert Hurley, Ph.D.
Sometimes performance-driven organizations, with their intense focus on accountability, can be breeding grounds for fear and other problems. JP Morgan Chase is about to pay an 800 million dollar fine to settle a variety of violations with the big one being the London Whale fiasco where employees at the company were found to have deliberately hidden losses from senior management, regulators and the markets. The trust violation here is that JP Morgan Chase engaged in high-risk trading to increase profits, called it hedging and, when the bets went bad, they failed to report this material information in a timely manner to regulators and investors.
Posted in In the News, Opinion
Tagged Accountability, Business Ethics, Consortium for Trustworthy Organizations, Fordham University, General Electric, Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase, London, Robert Hurley, Trustworthiness
Can a racist grandfather raise a biracial child?
A reader of The Root — a website that bills itself as a source for “Black News, Opinion, Politics and Culture” — wrote in seeking advice on what to do about his father, who, along with his mother, is raising his biracial niece. While he notes that his father is a great father and grandfather, he also tends to make racist comments around his niece, which he believes she is picking up on.
Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Director Dr. Celia B. Fisher was quoted in the article, saying that negative racial stereotypes cause harm through “micro aggressions.” Fisher defines micro aggressions as “the everyday racially insulting and demeaning language and actions that white people may not be aware they are inflicting.” She is concerned that this will lead to feelings of anxiety, low self-esteem and a sense of personal inferiority that will affect the writer’s niece in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
To read the rest of the article, please click here.
To read a piece by CNN on the adoption of African American children by families in the Netherlands, please click here.
Posted in Contemporary Ethical Issues, In the News
Tagged Anxiety, Biracial, Celia B. Fisher, Children, CNN, Fordham University, Grandparents, Racism, Self-esteem, Stereotypes, The Root
Recently, Dr. Jeremy Sugarman, Fordham University HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute faculty member, discussed the ethics of HIV cure research in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
In an article published on August 13, 2013, Dr. Sugarman, Professor of Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, contends that as HIV cure research progresses, ethical implications must be taken into consideration in order to protect the rights, interests, and welfare of all research participants involved.
Please click here for the full article.
Posted in Bioethics, Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute, In the News
Tagged Annals of Internal Medicine, Bioethics, Ethics, Fordham University, Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute, HIV, HIV cure research, Jeremy Sugarman, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
By Jeremy V. Cruz
The Dream 9, photo w/ permission by Steve Pavey, Ph.D., One Horizon Foundation
As a scholar-practitioner, I offer this brief reflection with two aims. First, I invite your participation in the work of survival and liberation currently germinating from within the walls of the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona. Second, I encourage deeper scholarly reflection on how one migrant detainee’s theological reflection relates to the postcolonial/anti-imperial analysis of a Chicano biblical scholar—Dr. David Sánchez.
Posted in In the News
Tagged Arizona, Aura Bogado, David Sánchez, Dream 9, Eloy Detention Center, Exile, Free Speech Radio News, Immigration, J. V. Cruz, John of Patmos, Mexico, Mike Honda, Solitary Confinement, United States
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has modified the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules to address breaches by business associates, reported to reduce research burdens by making it easier for parents and others to give permission to share proof of a child’s immunization with a school.
Will this new ruling reduce or add to burdens of conducting research designed to help children that involves the coordination of large data sets across health, educational and service settings?
For the first time in twenty years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering changes to a portion of federal regulations governing research known as the “Common Rule” (45 CFR 46, 2009; Subpart A). At present, the proposed changes are not sufficiently sensitive to the potential impact on research involving infants, children and adolescents.
Posted in Bioethics, In the News
Tagged Adolescents, Celia B. Fisher, Children's Research, Common Rule, Department of Health and Human Services, Emancipated Minors, Fordham University, Informational Risk, Institutional review board, IRB, Regulation, Research Ethics, Research on Children, Society for Research in Child Development, SRCD, Task force
By Adam McAuley, Ph.D.
On Thursday, June 13th, the Irish government published its Abortion Bill to regulate the extremely limited circumstances under which an abortion is lawful in Ireland. The Bill’s conscientious objection provision reflects the limited development of ethical thought, debate and education in Ireland.
Louisiana is the world’s prison capital.
As Cindy Chang pointed out during our Jailing for Dollars conference, and wrote in The Times-Picayune: “The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana’s incarceration rate is nearly five times Iran’s, 13 times China’s and 20 times Germany’s.”
Posted in Fordham University Conferences and Events, In the News
Tagged Cindy Chang, Ethics, Incarceration, Jail, Jailing for Dollars, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York Times, Prison, Times-Picayune
By Michael Peppard
The donor rolls of the National Rifle Association and Planned Parenthood do not share many of the same names. But these organizations’ responses to the events of recent months—especially the Sandy Hook shooting and the trial of Kermit Gosnell—have demonstrated that they do share a troubling characteristic. Both reject reasonable limitations on the particular liberty for which they advocate. In so doing, they disregard the well-regulated liberties that vast majorities of our country desire.
Posted in Bioethics, In the News
Tagged Abortion, Abortion debate, Ethics, Fordham University, Gun Control, Kermit Gosnell, Michael Peppard, National Rifle Association, NRA, Planned Parenthood, Sandy Hook
By: Michael Baur
In a 2009 article in the New York Daily News, Princeton philosopher and animal rights advocate Peter Singer proposed that we begin imposing a heavy new tax on the sale of meat.
One justification for such a tax, he argued, was that it would help to reduce meat-consumption and thereby help to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. As Singer rightly pointed out, a 2006 study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization showed that livestock are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined. More specifically, the study showed that worldwide livestock farming causes about 18% of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions, while only about 13% of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions were caused by all forms of transportion combined (see this BBC news article for more on this).
International Group of Scientists Led by Fordham Professor Daniela Jopp Respond to Call by United Nations to Create Human Rights Legislation to Protect Older Individuals
Professor Daniela Jopp
Prof. Daniela Jopp has taken the lead to respond to the call for non-governmental organization input from the United Nation’s working group on ageing, issued by the Division for Social Policy and Development. A total of 20 internationally renowned scientists with research programs focused on very old individuals –centenarians in particular – have contributed to the letter sent to Social Affairs Officer Robert Venne, and supported its submission.
By: Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D.
Imagine you are a forensic psychologist asked during the sentencing phase of a capital punishment case to assess the mental status of a homeless, African American defendant convicted of murder. Your evaluation report states that the defendant has an IQ and adaptive living score bordering on a diagnosis of intellectual disability, but the absence of educational and health records from childhood prevents you from definitively stating he fits the Supreme Court’s definition of “mental retardation” which would preclude the jury from recommending the death penalty. Subsequently the defendant is sentenced for execution.
Would you be surprised to learn that your report may have placed you in violation of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Code of Ethics that prohibits psychological activities that justify or defend violating human rights? Continue reading