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    Surrogacy: New Challenges to Law and Ethics
    with Britta van Beers
    The New Bioethics 26 (4): 293-297. 2020.
    In the case of surrogacy, it is not new biotechnologies themselves that have challenged well-established principles in law and ethics, but rather political and social phenomena such as commodification of women’s reproductive tissue and labour, demands to allow new ways of forming families and (before Covid-19, at least) the comparative ease of international travel that enabled cross-border surrogacy to develop into a market valued at up to $2 billion annually in India alone as of 2016 (Dickenson…Read more
  •  8
    A Transnational Feminist View of Surrogacy Biomarkets in India
    The New Bioethics 26 (4): 374-377. 2020.
    Review of Sheela Saravanan's 2018 book
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    Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing
    The New Bioethics 26 (1): 75-77. 2020.
    Review of Francoise Baylis, Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing (2019)
  • Property in the body and medical law
    In Andelka Phillips (ed.), Philosophical Foundations of Medical Law, Oxford University Press. 2019.
    In common law, the traditional rule has been that there is no property in excised human tissue. In an era of widespread commodification of tissue, however, the practical reasons behind this position are increasingly outdated, while the philosophical grounds are paradoxical. This no-property rule has been construed so as to deprive tissue providers of ongoing rights, whereas researchers, universities, and biotechnology companies are prone to assume that once they acquire proprietary rights, those…Read more
  •  154
    Review of collection of papers, primarily concerning the Phillipines, edited by H.T. Engelhardt and introduced by E. Pellegrino.
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    Ethics watch: the threatened trade in human ova
    Nature Reviews Genetics 5 (3): 167. 2004.
    It is well known that there is a shortage of human ova for in vitro fertilization (IVF) purposes, but little attention has been paid to the way in which the demand for ova in stem-cell technologies is likely to exacerbate that shortfall and create a trade in human eggs. Because the 'Dolly' technology relies on enucleated ova in large quantities, allowing for considerable wastage, there is a serious threat that commercial and research demands for human eggs will grow exponentially from the combin…Read more
  •  7
    Lichaam en eigendom
    Boom. 2006.
    Collection of essays and interviews on property in the body, published to mark the award to Donna Dickenson of the International Spinoza Lens award, Amsterdam, April 2006.
  •  24
    After the commercialisation of induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSCs) in 2007, the pressure to commercialise women's eggs for stem cell research could have been expected to lessen. However, the pressure to harvest human eggs in large quantities for research has not diminished; rather, it has taken different directions, for example, in germline mitochondrial research. Yet there has been little acknowledgement of these technologies' need for human eggs, the possible risks to women and the ethical …Read more
  •  3
    The New Contractualism? (review)
    Women’s Philosophy Review 20 108-111. 1998.
    Review of Glyn Davis et al. volume on 'the contract state'
  •  37
    Abortion, Relationship, and Property in Labor: A Clinical Case Study
    with Susan Bewley
    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 8 (4): 440-448. 1999.
    This article will explore a pregnant woman's experience of relationship with the fetus, using a clinical case study in which abortion would have been clinically indicated because of severe fetal abnormality. Emphasizing the pregnant woman's actual experience in this case study helps to highlight inadequacies in how the debate about abortion is usually conducted
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    Consent, commodification and benefit‐sharing in genetic research1
    Developing World Bioethics 4 (2): 109-124. 2004.
    We are witnessing is nothing less than a new kind of gold rush, and the territory is the body
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    Tissue Economies: Biomedicine and Commercialization
    Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 50 (2): 308-311. 2007.
    Review of Catherine Waldby and Robert Mitchell, 'Tissue Economies: Blood, Organs, and Cell Lines in Late Capitalism'(Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006)
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    The European Biomedical Ethics Practitioner Education Project (EBEPE), funded by the BIOMED programme of the European Commission, is a five-nation partnership to produce open learning materials for healthcare ethics education. Papers and case studies from a series of twelve conferences throughout the European Union, reflecting the ‘burning issues’ in the participants' healthcare systems, have been collected by a team based at Imperial College, London, where they are now being edited into a s…Read more
  •  327
    Healthcare Ethics and Human Values: An Introductory Text with Readings and Case Studies (edited book)
    with K. W. M. Fulford and Thomas H. Murray
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2002.
    This volume illustrates the central importance of diversity of human values throughout healthcare. The readings are organized around the main stages of the clinical encounter from the patient's perspective. They run from staying well and 'first contact' through to either recovery or to long-term illness, death and dying
  •  13
    Introduction to the article collection ‘Translation in healthcare: ethical, legal, and social implications’
    with Michael Morrison and Sandra Soo-Jin Lee
    BMC Medical Ethics 17 (1): 74. 2016.
    New technologies are transforming and reconfiguring the boundaries between patients, research participants and consumers, between research and clinical practice, and between public and private domains. From personalised medicine to big data and social media, these platforms facilitate new kinds of interactions, challenge longstanding understandings of privacy and consent, and raise fundamental questions about how the translational patient pathway should be organised.This editorial introduces the…Read more
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    Into the Hidden World Behind Evidence-Based Medicine
    with Ruud Ter Meulen
    Health Care Analysis 10 (3): 231-241. 2002.
    Evidence-based medicine is seen not only as an important means to improve the quality of medical care, but also as an instrument to control costs. In view of the scarcity of health care resources, decisions on the allocation of care will have to be made more explicitly and should be made more transparent.
  •  24
    Response to the commentaries
    Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 5 (3): 263-266. 1998.
    Response to commentaries on Savulescu and Dickenson article on preferences and advance directives.
  •  135
    What should be the RCOG's relationship with older women?
    In Susan Bewley, William Ledger & Dimitrios Nikolaou (eds.), Reproductive Ageing, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. pp. 277-286. 2009.
    Reproductive ageing has effects on individual and public health, now and in generations to come. This volume of presentations from a conference at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists brings together a diverse but timely set of contributions.. in ny chapter I specifically examine the responsibilities of the College to women outside normal reproductive age.
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    There is an urgent need for reconstructing models of property to make them more women-friendly. However, we need not start from scratch: both ‘canonical’ and feminist authors can sometimes provide concepts which we can refine and apply towards women’s propertylessness. This paper looks in particular at women’s alienation from their reproductive labour, building on Marx and Delphy. Developing an economic and political rather than a psychological reading of alienation, it then considers how the re…Read more
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    Ova donation for stem cell research: An international perspective
    with Itziar Alkorta Idiakez
    International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 1 (2): 125-144. 2008.
    Should clinicians ask women to donate or even sell their eggs for stem cell research? Enucleated ova are crucial in somatic cell nuclear transfer technologies, but risky for women's health. Until comparatively recently, very few commentators debated the ethical issues in egg donation and sale, concentrating on the embryos status. The unmasking of Hwang Woo Suk, who used over 2,200 ova in his fraudulent research, has finally brought the question of ova donation and sale into prominence. In this a…Read more
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    On Bioethics and the Commodified Body: An Interview with Donna Dickenson
    with Alana Cattapan
    Studies in Social Justice 10 (2): 342-351. 2016.
    Interview on the commodified body with Donna Dickenson by Alana Cattapan
  • Moral Luck in Medical Ethics and Practical Politics
    Dissertation, Open University (United Kingdom). 1989.
    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. ;Typically we maintain two incompatible standards towards right action and good character, and the tension between these polarities creates the paradox of moral luck. In practice we regard actions as right or wrong, and character as good or bad, partly according to what happens as a result of the agent's decision. Yet we also think that people should not be held responsible for matters beyond their control. ;This split underpins Kant's …Read more
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    Letters to the Editor
    The New Bioethics 20 (1): 99-100. 2014.
    Correction of major error in review of Bioethics: All That Matters
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    Human tissue and global ethics
    Genomics, Society and Policy 1 (1): 41-53. 2005.
    One important sense of 'global ethics' concerns the applied ethical issues arising in the context of economic globalisation. This article contends that we are beginning to witness the economic commodification and, concomitantly, the globalisation, of human tissue and the human genome. Policy-makers and local research ethics committees need to be aware that the relevant ethical questions are no longer confined to their old national or subnational context. A shift from questions of personal autono…Read more
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    A survey of Nigerian women who have undergone female circumcision (female genital mutilation) revealed a majority in favour of the practice. Are Western feminist bioethicists entitled to condemn it?
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    The results of a recent survey of Nigerian women might give pause to opponents of female genital mutilation (FGM). One could well argue that if these Nigerian women themselves favour FGM, then it is ironically paternalistic to oppose it. Should Western feminists actually support FGM if it is what women in the South want? I argue in this commentary that such an argument rests on shaky statistical, psychological, medical, political and philosophical grounds. We should go on opposing female genital…Read more
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    Commentary on Malcolm Parker
    Monash Bioethics Review 22 (1): 22. 2003.
    Malcolm Parker wants to unmask the underlying ethical premises behind apparently value-free scientific arguments in favour of the potential therapeutic benefits of embryo research as determinative, provided respect is still shown to the embryo. In this article, I examine this proposition critically.
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    Children's rights
    Hastings Center Report 29 (1): 5-5. 1999.
    Letter in reply to previous article on children's rights