In the News – Complexities of Choosing and End Game for Dementia

Span, P. (19 Jan 2015) Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia. New York Times. http://nyti.ms/1DUWHQ2 The New York Times published a piece this week examining some of the controversies surrounding end of life decisions for people with dementia, in particular voluntarily stopping eating or drinking (VSED). I feel that autonomy in end of life decision making is extremely important. As a health care provider, I may not always feel comfortable with a patient’s decision, but I believe there are some decisions only the patient can make. Continue reading In the News – Complexities of Choosing and End Game for Dementia

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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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