It’s Only Words: On Refugees and Liminality
Anna Gotlib

I sit in front of my computer in New York, contemplating how I am going to speak to groups of people about refugees, narratives, and moral luck in two days’ time.  It is not that I am overly worried about … Continue reading

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A Door Slams in the Night
Kathryn MacKay

Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. – Emma Lazarus I’m writing … Continue reading

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Bioethics Meets Families in The Netherlands this Summer
Jamie Nelson

EDITOR’S NOTE: IJFAB Blog is pleased to have Jamie L. Nelson, of IJFAB’s editorial team and Michigan State University, join us as a regular contributor. Her work has been linked from the blog previously in this entry on Bathrooms, Binaries, … Continue reading

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Repeal and Replace with….?
Editor

EDIT: 19 minutes after this blog posted, the NY Times released this (screenshot taken 1 hr 14 minutes after blog posted).  Keep it in mind as you read. For the first time in quite some while, the same political party … Continue reading

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“My death seems to me less bad”: Derek Parfit died January 1, 2017
Editor

Philosopher Derek Parfit was known for many things, though chiefly for his work on identity which is of great interest to medical ethicists. How is that one can say one is the same thing over time?  And how does this … Continue reading

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Midwifery as feminist endeavor: a particular blog entry and a blog recommendation
Editor

Over at Feminist Midwife, the eponymous author writes about the nature of midwifery and why they see it as inherently feminist. In 2014, they also addressed the well-known (by bioethicists) issues with whether informed consent really takes place or whether, … Continue reading

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What does a Trump Presidency mean for the Affordable Care Act and American patients’ access to care?
Alison Reiheld

Since Trump’s electoral college victory became apparent early Wednesday morning and especially since Secretary Clinton’s concession speech, many bioethicists–and many more American residents–have been wondering what a Trump Presidency means for the Affordable Care Act, AKA “Obamacare.” While the ACA … Continue reading

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Did you miss the FAB affinity session at ASBH? Someone tweetstormed it.

Check out Alison Reiheld’s tweetstorm on the FAB affinity session at ASBH. … Continue reading

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Our social image of doctors still doesn’t include young, black women
Editor

You may have heard of an incident about a week ago in which a young black woman physician was on a plane when a passenger experienced medical distress. She rose to help, and was told by the flight attendant to … Continue reading

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Editor’s Apology to Readers
Editor

Dear friends and readers, I post to offer a brief explanation and apology for the last month and a half of skimpy offerings on this blog. My father had a stroke in February from which he largely recovered, though his … Continue reading

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Gender and the fetishization of food
Editor

Over at Fit is a Feminist Issue this morning, IJFAB blogger Alison Reiheld has a post on gender norms, bacon, and pumpkin spice lattes.  It might be of some interest to IJFAB folks, as is the Fit is a Feminist … Continue reading

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American Academy of Pediatrics makes major shift in recommendations on overweight and obesity
Editor

The American Academy of Pediatrics announced last week that it was radically changing its guidelines for treatment of overweight and obesity in children and teens.  Specifically, it recommends DEemphasizing dieting and weight loss while avoiding any kind of public shaming … Continue reading

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