King’s Words on Health Injustice: what did he actually say?
Charlene Galarneau

Editor’s Note: This blog is a short version of the issue that author and feminist bioethicist Charlene Galarneau wrestles with in her article “Getting King’s Words Right” in the most recent issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and … Continue reading

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The public health response that drug addiction should always have gotten is coming into play for opioids in a way it never did for crack
Editor

Whenever there is a disparate social response to a problem that afflicts one group of people relative to a problem that afflicts another, it is worth asking why. Such questions are not asked to imply that no one should  get … Continue reading

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Weight-loss surgery for teens: a disturbing trend
Catherine Womack

We bloggers and readers been writing and talking amongst ourselves lately about children, weight, fat shaming, and concerns about policing and medicalizing kids’ bodies. Once you start down this path, it’s really hard to stop. And where does this lead? … Continue reading

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In case you missed it, ACOG’s guidelines on reproductive sterilization were updated last year
Editor

Feminist bioethics is, of course, about more than reproductive ethics. But it is also about reproductive bioethics.  One of the big issues with reproductive bioethics from a feminist perspective is the tension between who is dissuaded from or prevented from … Continue reading

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Intimacy Without Reciprocity: How Researchers Working With Transgender Humans Can Do Better
Sayer Johnson

Editor’s Note: This blog comes to us from Sayer Johnson, who blogged for IJFAB Blog in the past on the issue of how clinicians respond to trans patients. Here, Mr. Johnson reaches a frustrated breaking point with the way that … Continue reading

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Objection! Sustained
M Sara Rosenthal

Editor’s Note: This blog entry by special guest author Dr. M. Sara Rosenthal is part of our miniseries on conscientious objection including the Editor’s introduction and blog entries by Ruth Groenhout, Karey Harwood, and Laura Guidry-Grimes on this subject. This month, the Trump Administration introduced … Continue reading

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Conscientious Objections, Professional Limitations, and Hard Realities for Hospitals
Laura Guidry-Grimes

Editor’s Note: This blog entry is part of our miniseries on conscientious objection including the Editor’s introduction and blog entries by Ruth Groenhout and Karey Harwood on this subject. The newly formed Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of the Office for Civil … Continue reading

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On the common good and medical conscience claims
Karey Harwood

Editor’s Note: This blog by Associate Professor of Religion Karey Harwood is the second in our miniseries reflecting on the Trump administrations’s support for expanded conscientious objection in medicine. For background readings, see the Editor’s introduction to the series. For another … Continue reading

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The conflict in conscientious objection isn’t what we think it is: how religiously-based objections to providing medical care might undermine Christian faith
Ruth Groenhout

Editor’s Note: This is the first entry in our short series of blogs reflecting on the medical conscience policy of the current US President and his Administration. See the Editor’s introduction to this miniseries for more background on both this issue … Continue reading

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IJFAB Blog series: Responses to the Trump Administration’s policies on medical conscience claims
Editor

As you may have heard, the Trump Administration has announced an expanded policy on conscientious objection in medicine, with institutional support in the form of a Department of Health and Human Services office that will be responsible for protecting objectors. … Continue reading

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New assisted reproduction regulations require feminist voices

Editor’s Note: Today we have a special co-authored blog entry by four feminist reproductive justice advocates working on what is known in bioethics as ARTs (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) and other related tech.  Francine Coeytaux, MPH    Co-Director, Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research … Continue reading

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Who Should Be Responsible for Environment, Health, and Politics: Detroit and 1,300 other “hotspots” have higher lead poisoning rates than Flint and someone needs to do something
Alison Reiheld

The long-time reader of IJFAB Blog, and alert bioethicist who follows the news, will remember the Flint water crisis.  As numerous investigative news articles–and even at least one news comedy show–have pointed out, Flint is by no means alone in the … Continue reading

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