By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.
Between adoption and advancing reproductive technologies, there are ever-increasing options for individuals and families who wish to have a baby. Recent reports indicate that the high costs associated with these processes have resulted in some using crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter.com and GoFundMe.com to raise money for fees associated with adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Indeed, certain forms of assisted reproduction raise ethical questions in and of themselves, but in this case, our concern is whether it matters how funds for these processes are raised, and who provides the funding. In other words, is utilizing a crowdfunding website an ethically acceptable way to raise funds for adoption, IVF, and surrogacy? If so, is it significant who pays for these processes? Is anything owed to the people who contribute?
Posted in Bioethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues, In the News
Tagged adoption, assistance, Bioethics, Center for Ethics Education, Children, confidentiality, crowdfunding, Elizabeth Yuko, Ethics, fees, Fordham University, GoFundMe, Internet, IVF, Kickstarter, parents, privacy, reproductive ethics, surrogacy
Fordham University Center for Ethics Education bioethicist Dr. Elizabeth Yuko has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving quality of life in vulnerable populations globally, through research, education and policy change recommendations.
Posted in Bioethics, Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute
Tagged Ana Lita, Art Caplan, Bioethics, Charles H. Debrovner, Elizabeth Yuko, Fordham University, Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute, Global Bioethics Initiative, Goodwill Ambassador, Health disparities, Mia Farrow, Peter Singer, UNICEF, Vulnerable populations
The following essay was the first-prize winner of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education’s 2014 Dr. Kuo York and M. Noelle Chynn Undergraduate Prize in Ethics, an essay competition to stimulate self-examination about concepts of ethics and morality encountered personally or as a concerned member of society. The Chynn Prize is funded by the Chynn Family Foundation.
By: Michael Menconi
Patient names have been changed to ensure confidentiality and protect privacy.
A bed in the hospital in Colombia. Photo by Michael Menconi
Healthcare professionals often refer to their careers in medicine as a life purpose—their “calling” is to treat the sick, mend the injured, comfort the vulnerable, and instill courage in those who have lost all hope. Doctors have a moral, ethical, and professional obligation—or perhaps duty—to do no harm and perform acts of healing, both of which were fundamental virtues established by the Hippocratic Oath over five centuries ago. For a field with such an extensive, prolific history of emphasizing compassion and care for those in need, it is expected (and often assumed) that healthcare providers treat every patient with a fundamental respect for the human condition, unwavering empathy, and superior levels of social and cultural competency.
Posted in Bioethics, Chynn Prize, Contemporary Ethical Issues, Fordham University Student Voices
Tagged Bioethics, Chynn Family Foundation, Chynn Prize, Colombia, Compassion, Drug use, Drug-addicted individuals, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medicine, Fordham University, Fordham University Student Voices, Health disparities, Healthcare, Hospital, Medical ethics, Philippe Burgois
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
Are you interested in studying ethics, but have questions about future careers in the field? The Center for Ethics Education’s second annual Careers in Ethics panel will give students the opportunity to learn and ask questions about potential careers in the interdisciplinary field of ethics.
“Our exciting panel showcases the amazing achievements of our alumni from the Ethics and Society program, as well as professionals affiliated with the Ethics Center who are engaged in ethics-related careers,” said Adam Fried, Ph.D., assistant director for the Center for Ethics Education, director of the M.A. in Ethics and Society, and interdisciplinary minor in Bioethics, and moderator of the event. “Panelists will discuss their own professional paths and explain how students can pursue careers in ethics in a wide variety of professions, including those in health care, business, law, and compliance.”
Posted in Bioethics, Fordham University Conferences and Events, Fordham University Student Voices
Tagged Adam L. Fried, Beth Israel Medical Center, Bioethics, Careers in Ethics, Celia B. Fisher, Center for Ethics Education, Elizabeth Yuko, Fordham University, Naomi Dreisinger, Patricia Voorhees, Stefanie Juell, University of Colorado Denver
By: Ken Ochs
President Obama recently stunned many physicians, members of Congress, and legal experts—as well as the general public—when he opined on marijuana usage in an interview, stating, “I don’t think it’s more dangerous than alcohol.” The fact that President Obama was asked about the drug in particular is—of course—not startling at all, as marijuana has received a great deal of legal and medical publicity throughout the past few years. But his answer itself should not have taken many by surprise either, especially if one considers the ethical issues associated with the topic of drug use, which are undergoing constant reexamination and reformulation by modern society.
Posted in Fordham University Student Voices
Tagged Barack Obama, Bioethics, Drug policy, Julian Savulescu, Legalization, Luke Bretherton, Marijuana, Medical marijuana, State of the Union Address, Substance use, War on Drugs