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
Last week, NBC reported on the increasing use of babies and children by adults panhandling in New York City. The particular group of 9 women investigated appeared to be working in tandem, and are reportedly not homeless and have repeatedly refused shelter and services.
Residents of New York and other cities where this is occurring are faced with the daily decision of whether or not to give money to those who ask for it. What are the ethical implications of making contributions?
Posted in Contemporary Ethical Issues, In the News
Tagged Begging, Celia B. Fisher, Center for Ethics Education, Children, Elizabeth Yuko, Forced begging, Fordham University, Homelessness, Human trafficking, NBC, New York City, Panhandling
Dr. Adam L. Fried with the other members of the Careers in Ethics Panel. Click on photo to watch a video of the panel discussion.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of ethics, it is relevant and necessary in everything from medicine, business and journalism, to psychology, law, and environmental studies. Ethics is interesting to study, but what are the career options in the field?
Posted in Bioethics, Fordham University Conferences and Events, Fordham University Student Voices
Tagged Adam Fried, Angelique Rivard, Careers in Ethics, Careers in Ethics Panel, Center for Ethics Education, Elizabeth Yuko, Fordham University, IRB, Jobs in Ethics, Naomi Dreisinger, Patricia Voorhees, Stefanie Juell, Video
Ramin Asgary, M.D., M.P.H.
By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.
Recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, and the tsunami in Southeast Asia and the Arab Spring resulted in an increase in short-term medical volunteerism. This type of medical practice raises many ethical issues for both the medical practitioners and their institutions. Dr. Ramin Asgary, Assistant Professor in New York University’s Department of Medicine, has experienced these ethical issues from two perspectives: as a physician working abroad in humanitarian settings, and as an academic examining the ethics of short-term medical volunteerism, and aid workers in general. Continue reading
Posted in Bioethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues
Tagged Aid workers, Cultural relativism, Doctors without Borders, Elizabeth Yuko, Humanitarian ethics, Médecins Sans Frontières, Medical ethics, Natural Disasters, New York University, Post-conflict zones, Ramin Asgary, Refugees, Vulnerable populations