Unit 10: Conservative Bioethics

The two articles in discussion for today observe the burgeoning sociopolitical divide in bioethical discourse. In Ruth Macklin’s article ” The New Conservatives in Bioethics” we denote her disfavor in the new divisions and labels in American bioethics which she finds limiting, misleading, and distracting. Macklin describes “Conservative Bioethics” as one in which opposes all… Continue reading Unit 10: Conservative Bioethics

Unit 9: Cloning

By Audrey Lu on Cloning Our readings for Unit 9 focused on the morals and ethics of cloning and embryonic stem cell research. The first of these is a report written by President George W. Bush’s Council on Bioethics, which consists of 18 members, from various disciplines including biological sciences, political science, ethics and philosophy,… Continue reading Unit 9: Cloning

Unit Seven: Religion and Unintended Pregnancy

The readings for Unit Seven focus on the influence that faith-based factors have on women’s agency in reproduction and the impact that relativism has on appropriately understanding local contexts and principles of bioethics. By pairing these articles together, I was able to gain more insight on the complex interactions that exist between the personal ideas,… Continue reading Unit Seven: Religion and Unintended Pregnancy

Unit Eight: Surrogacy: Thinking about Ethnography and Bioethics

Hello! this is Niharika Pathak writing for Unit 8. Unit 8 included an article from Elly Teman, “The Social Construction of surrogacy research: An anthropological critique of the psychosocial scholarship on surrogate motherhood.” Social Science and Medicine and the film, MADE IN INDIA. The film explores the challenges of infertile women or women who have… Continue reading Unit Eight: Surrogacy: Thinking about Ethnography and Bioethics

Unit Seven: Religion and Unintended Pregnancy

By Maia Yang Hi everyone! I’m writing this blog on Tuesday’s readings. I think these readings are good examples of why ethnography is such a valuable method for studying bioethics. In his article Moral Experience and Ethical Reflection, Arthur Kleinman suggests that ethnography offers a way to position oneself at the liminal space between worlds… Continue reading Unit Seven: Religion and Unintended Pregnancy

Unit Six: Inventing Bioethics

Hello everyone! This is a blog post on the readings for Thursday’s class, on the topic ‘Inventing Bioethics’. Bioethics is the study of ethical issues that emerge from advances in biology and medicine. Examples of topics would be organ donation and transplantation, genetic research, and so on. Our first reading on this topic is three… Continue reading Unit Six: Inventing Bioethics

Unit Three: Kinship and Religious Law

Hi everyone! I’ve never written a Scholarblog before, so hopefully this actually posts! This Tuesday’s readings concern the implementation of reproductive technologies, like IVF and sperm donation, and the religious reception of said technologies. Our first reading is several chapters from Sue Kahn’s book Reproducing Jews: A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception in Israel, and… Continue reading Unit Three: Kinship and Religious Law