Bioethics Around the Web – Vaccine Mandates: Second Circuit Reaffirms their Constitutionality

Vaccine Mandates: Second Circuit Reaffirms their Constitutionality As posted by on Bill of Health, a blog by the Petrie- Flom Center at Harvard Law School, in January, the Second Circuit reaffirmed that states have the power to mandate vaccination for schoolchildren in Phillips v City of New York. This is good news in light of the recent outbreak of measles and a resurgence of efforts to circumvent or end mandatory vaccination. Mandatory vaccination is an extremely important, powerful part of public health and provides benefits for the entire community. Continue reading Bioethics Around the Web – Vaccine Mandates: Second Circuit Reaffirms their Constitutionality

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Buy Buy Baby? The Ethics of Crowdfunding Babies

Originally posted on THE ETHICS AND SOCIETY BLOG:
By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D. Between adoption and advancing reproductive technologies, there are ever-increasing options for individuals and families who wish to have a baby. Recent reports indicate that the high costs associated with these processes have resulted in some using crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter.com and GoFundMe.com to raise money for fees associated with adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). Indeed, certain forms of assisted reproduction raise ethical questions in and of themselves, but in this case, our concern is whether it matters how funds for these processes are raised, and… Continue reading Buy Buy Baby? The Ethics of Crowdfunding Babies

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