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Official Blog of IJFAB: the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

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    Recent reports indicate that the water crisis in Flint, MI, had unpredicted health consequences including increasing the rate of fetal deaths and miscarriages. The effect size is described by the authors of a new working paper as “horrifyingly large.”  You … Continue reading

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    I want to consider a particular kind of wrong within medicine and health promotion: epistemic injustice and its harms. My case study is obesity conceived of as a public health concern. However, the analytic framework I deploy may prove useful … Continue reading

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    You may or may not be familiar with the Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree, a book format study of difference within families including families raising children with “extraordinary needs.”  It’s a useful and important tool for teaching and learning about families and persons … Continue reading

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    Maternal mortality is a basic public health measure. It is also one of the many health outcomes on which the United States ranks much lower than other comparably developed nations. As per Ann Simmons’ superb article on the subject of … Continue reading

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    Over at bioethics.net, bioethicist Keisha Ray addresses the maternal health disparities experienced by black women, in particular. In her blog, “BLACK WOMEN ARE DYING IN DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBERS DURING AND AFTER GIVING BIRTH AND NOT EVEN CELEBRITY SERENA WILLIAMS IS SAFE” … Continue reading

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      A recent, though smaller than deserved, furor erupted in the US over a video of a non-white female patient being dropped off via wheelchair at a bus stop by hospital personnel during freezing temperatures wearing only a hospital gown … Continue reading

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    As you may have heard, the Trump Administration has announced an expanded policy on conscientious objection in medicine, with institutional support in the form of a Department of Health and Human Services office that will be responsible for protecting objectors. … Continue reading

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    Editor’s Note: This blog entry is part of our miniseries on conscientious objection including the Editor’s introduction and blog entries by Ruth Groenhout and Karey Harwood on this subject. The newly formed Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of the Office for Civil … Continue reading

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  • Editor’s Note: This blog entry by special guest author Dr. M. Sara Rosenthal is part of our miniseries on conscientious objection including the Editor’s introduction and blog entries by Ruth Groenhout, Karey Harwood, and Laura Guidry-Grimes on this subject. This month, the Trump Administration introduced … Continue reading

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    Editor’s Note: This blog comes to us from Sayer Johnson, who blogged for IJFAB Blog in the past on the issue of how clinicians respond to trans patients. Here, Mr. Johnson reaches a frustrated breaking point with the way that … Continue reading

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    April is Autism Awareness Month in the U.S.  All too often, the rhetoric around autism is shaped by the needs and voices of the caregivers and families of people who are autistic. Goodness knows the perspectives of caregivers and families … Continue reading

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    I am struck by what health care disparities and the lived experiences of postpartum patients mean for implementation of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s new guidelines on postpartum care. These guidelines valuably refocus the medical establishment’s focus on … Continue reading

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    Bioethicists have long been alert to the delicate dance of preserving patient autonomy in long-term residential care settings such as nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and other institutional settings where patients may reside for extended periods of time in the U.S. … Continue reading

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    Editor’s Note: This blog entry from the IJFAB Blog Editor provides background on the current US handling of undocumented immigrants crossing at the southern border, on increased detention of immigrants generally including the role of for-profit prison corporations, and on shifts … Continue reading

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    Editor’s Note: As part of our mini-series on pedagogy–which kicked off with Kate MacKay’s reflection last week on unyielding dogmatism in the classroom–IJFAB Blog features a two-part consideration by a professor and a student on issues arising from classes in which … Continue reading

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    Editor’s Note: Part 3 in our pedagogy mini-series comes to us from Elon University student Arianne Payne, an African-American woman who reflects on taking a course on rap, one which touches on racism and black culture, from a white male professor … Continue reading

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