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Archive for December, 2014

 

Abortion, Ultrasound, and the Law

Monday, December 29th, 2014 by Dr. Dennis Sullivan

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It might seem uncontroversial that patients need complete information in order to make an informed decision regarding invasive medical procedures. Except, of course, for abortion, which always has a strong ideological overlay.

This is especially true amid recent attempts to mandate that women have an ultrasound before pregnancy termination. A pre-procedure ultrasound confirms the location of the fetus within the uterus – this prevents performing abortion in cases of tubal pregnancy or false pregnancy. Ohio law goes further, and specifies that “the abortionist must provide the woman an opportunity to view the active ultrasound image of the fetus or embryo.” The law has not been successfully challenged. Such common-sense provisions would seem to give women the most information possible before making a critical decision that will affect them for months and years to come.

However, a recent U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision upheld striking down a North Carolina law. which requires doctors “to perform an ultrasound, display the sonogram and describe the fetus to women seeking abortions.” The issue here is one of free speech, where physicians are forced by law to give certain instructions, a requirement which opponents claim has the intended ideological goal of restricting abortion.

Should the right to free speech trump the right to life of the unborn? Stay tuned; this will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015.

Ohio Ultrasound Law

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Bioethics and Brittany Maynard (32)

Friday, December 19th, 2014 by Dr. Dennis Sullivan

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Dr. Mark Pinkerton, professor of pharmacy practice at Cedarville University, discusses the recent passing of Brittany Maynard. He has a unique perspective as both a physician and a father to a young woman with a similar terminal illness.

(Note that the title of this podcast has changed from the former name ‘CedarEthics’)

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New Name, New Look for Center for Bioethics Blog

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by Dr. Dennis Sullivan

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Bioethikos: Bringing Life to Bioethics

This is the new name for the Center for Bioethics blog. We have also updated the appearance in line with the Center website. We will continue to offer weekly commentaries on issues of ongoing interest, including health care, general ethics, theology, and moral philosophy. The issues will not go away — they include abortion, stem cell research, end of life, rights of conscience, contraceptives, genetics, reproductive technologies, health care (and how to pay for it), and a host of other topics of great interest to all.

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