BREAKING NEWS: disabled persons protest US Senate healthcare bill and cuts to Medicaid (includes link roundup)

As you may know, the US is in the midst of the Republican party’s long-promised efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. Earlier this year, the US House of Representatives passed a bill called the American … Continue reading

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Mandatory Sterilization for transgender people as a requirement of legal gender recognition struck down in Europe
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Four years ago, nearly to the day, IJFAB Blog contributor Alison Reiheld wrote on the repeal of Swedish laws that had required transgender person to be sterile (or become sterile) AND to have surgical sex reassignment in order to change … Continue reading

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Time to Update IJFAB’s Pronoun Conventions?
Kathryn MacKay

In light of recent controversies in philosophy surrounding how philosophers ought best to write about vulnerable social identities–whether gender or race–I’ve been thinking about some things. Many things, many of which I will not get into here. One of them … Continue reading

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Body Ecology and Commodification in The Handmaid’s Tale
Rebecca Bratten Weiss

Editor’s Note: This is one of several blog entries on Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. For the first in the series, go here. The Handmaid’s Tale was one of many texts which, when I finally read it, turned out to be very different … Continue reading

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Pregnancy and Childbirth for Mothers with Disabilities
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Every once in awhile a venue surprises you: Teen Vogue has been doing good critical reporting on social justice issues and American politics, and Cosmopolitan–long the home of beauty tips and how to please your man–has just published an article … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale: a roundup of media sources and related prior IJFAB Blog entries
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Editor’s Note: See “Body Ecology and Commodification in The Handmaid’s Tale” by Rebecca Bratten Weiss, and more to come. Over the next few weeks, IJFAB Blog will have several original blog entries on The Handmaid’s Tale, both the book and … Continue reading

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Sleep as a matter of justice
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Over at the LA Times, Benjamin Reiss has a fine consideration of the ethical importance of sleep differences in his article, “African Americans don’t sleep as well as whites, an inequality stretching back to slavery.” Poor sleep has negative health … Continue reading

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Climate Change is a Medical Ethics Issue, and this graph shows why it’s real
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Medical ethicists and public health specialists have argued for some time that climate change is  a health issue and a medical ethics issue. The four links in the previous sentences are a nice starting point if you want to bone … Continue reading

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TENTH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE OF IJFAB is an embarassment of riches
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Our parent journal, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.  Lo those many years ago in Spring of 2008, our first issue, Doing Feminist Bioethics, was published. In the second issue, Lyerly, Little, and Faden’s article on … Continue reading

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Ebola Stigma and Lack of Access to Care in Liberia Cost the Life of an Ebola Fighter After Complications of Childbirth
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Salome Karwah was recognized by Time magazine as an Ebola fighter during the 2015 Ebola outbreak. She died February 21 from complications of childbirth by C-section. Days after the procedure, she collapsed from a seizure and began foaming at the … Continue reading

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Power, othering, and slurs in the clinic: undermining the capacity for care
Alison Reiheld

Over at the Feminist Midwife, we find a valuable post on WHY something that may seem prima facie wrong is, in fact, wrong.  In an entry called “Patients Are Not Bitches, and Thoughts Medical Othering,” Feminist Midwife considers a case … Continue reading

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‘Mom, I want to die, you can go in the Canada. I want to die in the snow, you can go, mom, in the Canada.’
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Recent developments in American politics continue to exacerbate the migration on foot of refugees from the US to Canada. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has been covering this trend, and we at IJFAB Blog have also been watching. In a new … Continue reading

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