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    Her careful building of positions, her unique approaches to analyzing problems, and her excellent insights make this an important work for feminists, those ...
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    The concept of a person in the context of abortion
    Bioethics Quarterly 3 (1): 21-34. 1981.
    The paper investigates the significance of the question of the fetus's status as a person for resolving the moral issues of abortion. It considers and evaluates several proposed solutions to this question. It also attempts to explain how different questions about the permissibility of abortion are appropriate to discussions at different levels of decision-making: the pregnant woman, the health professional, and the social policy level. The author's own conclusions to all these questions are offe…Read more
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    A relational account of public health ethics
    with Françoise Baylis and Nuala P. Kenny
    Public Health Ethics 1 (3): 196-209. 2008.
    oise Baylis, 1234 Le Marchant Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 3P7. Tel.: (902)-494–2873; Fax: (902)-494-2924; Email: francoise.baylis{at}dal.ca ' + u + '@' + d + ' '//--> . Abstract Recently, there has been a growing interest in public health and public health ethics. Much of this interest has been tied to efforts to draw up national and international plans to deal with a global pandemic. It is common for these plans to state the importance of drawing upon a well-developed ethics framew…Read more
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    Feminist ethics and the metaphor of AIDS
    Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 26 (4). 2001.
    This paper looks at a range of metaphors used within HIV/AIDS discussions and research in support of the claim that bioethicists should pay serious attention to metaphors. Metaphors shape the ways we think about problems and the types of solutions we investigate. HIV/AIDS is an especially rich field for the investigation of metaphor, since the struggles for dominance among different metaphorical options has been very evident. In the field of medical resarch as well as in the area of public polic…Read more
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    The Myth of the Gendered Chromosome: Sex Selection and the Social Interest
    with Victoria Seavilleklein
    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 16 (1): 7-19. 2007.
    Sex selection technologies have become increasingly prevalent and accessible. We can find them advertised widely across the Internet and discussed in the popular media—an entry for “sex selection services” on Google generated 859,000 sites in April 2004. The available services fall into three main types: preconception sperm sorting followed either by intrauterine insemination of selected sperm or by in vitro fertilization ; preimplantation genetic diagnosis, by which embryos created by IVF are t…Read more
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    Embodiment and Agency (edited book)
    with Sue Campbell and Letitia Meynell
    Pennsylvania State University Press. 2009.
    "A collection of essays in feminist philosophy.
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    ABSTRACTI reflect on the past, present, and future of the field of bioethics. In so doing, I offer a very situated overview of where bioethics has been, where it now is, where it seems to be going, where I think we could do better, and where I dearly hope the field will be heading. I also propose three ways of re‐orienting our theoretic tools to guide us in a new direction: adopt an ethics of responsibility; explore the responsibilities of various kinds of actors and relationships among them; ex…Read more
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    Whither bioethics? How feminism can help reorient bioethics
    International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 1 (1): 7-27. 2008.
    This paper argues that the various approaches to ethics that bioethicists rely on are not adequate to provide effective moral guidance in how to avoid a series of looming human catastrophes (associated with such threats as environmental degradation, war, extreme poverty, and pandemics). It proposes development of a new approach to ethics, dubbed public ethics, that simultaneously investigates moral responsibilities at multiple levels of human organization from the individual to international bod…Read more
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    Genetic enhancement, sports and relational autonomy
    Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 1 (2). 2007.
    This paper explores the question of what attitude we should take towards efforts to develop the technology required to allow genetic enhancement of individuals in order to improve performance in sports: specifically, should we (a) welcome such innovations, (b) resign ourselves to their inevitable appearance or (c) actively resist their development and widespread adoption? Much of the literature on this topic leans towards options (a) or (b). I argue against both (a) and (b) and appeal to the con…Read more
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    A reply to Giles R. Scofield, J.d
    with Francoise Baylis, Jeanne DesBrisay, Benjamin Freedman, and Larry Lowenstein
    HEC Forum 6 (6): 371-376. 1994.
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    Feminist ethics and medical ethics are critical of contemporary moral theory in several similar respects. There is a shared sense of frustration with the level of abstraction and generality that characterizes traditional philosophic work in ethics and a common commitment to including contextual details and allowing room for the personal aspects of relationships in ethical analysis. This paper explores the ways in which context is appealed to in feminist and medical ethics, the sort of details th…Read more
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    Feminist health care ethics consultation
    with Jocelyn Downie
    HEC Forum 5 (3): 165-175. 1993.
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    Women in Clinical Studies: A Feminist View
    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 3 (4): 533. 1994.
    There is significant evidence that the health needs of women and minorities have been neglected by a medical research community whose agendas and protocols tend to focus on more advantaged segments of society. In response, the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration in the United States have recently issued new policies aimed at increasing the utilization of women in clinical studies. As well, the U.S. Congress passed the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, which specifically …Read more
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    Vulnerable populations in rural areas: Challenges for ethics committees (review)
    with Victor Maddalena
    HEC Forum 16 (4): 234-246. 2004.
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    with John Hubert
    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 7 (4): 366-370. 1998.
    According to the present argument, worries that some individuals might make premature or unnecessary choices for themselves regarding euthanasia should further motivate and help shape our discussions about healthcare system reform. The reason for this is that in some cases individuals with chronic or terminal illnesses may have their lives made more unbearable than they otherwise might have been by the failure of the healthcare system to respond appropriately to their needs. Until these apparent…Read more
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    Health Care Ethics in Canada (edited book)
    with Françoise Baylis, Jocelyn Downie, and Barry Hoffmaster
    Harcourt Brace. 2004.
    The third edition of Health Care Ethics in Canada builds on the commitment to Canadian content established in earlier editions without sacrificing breadth or rigor.
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    Feminist Ethics and In Vitro Fertilization
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 17 (sup1): 264-284. 1987.
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    Dehumanizing Women: Treating Persons as Sex Objects
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 17 (3): 671-681. 1987.
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    From, the Editors 493
    with Stanley Joel Reiser, Kenneth Craig Micetich, William L. Freeman, Paul M. Mcneill, Catherine A. Berglund, Ianw Webster, Evan Derenzo, Martyn Evans, and Sujit Choudhry
    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 3 (4): 522-532. 1994.
    Throughout the world, research ethics committees are relied on to prevent unethical research and protect research subjects. Given that reliance, the composition of committees and the manner in which decisions are arrived at by committee members is of critical importance. There have been Instances in which an inadequate review process has resulted in serious harm to research subjects. Deficient committee review was identified as one of the factors In a study in New Zealand which resulted in the s…Read more
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    The Ethics of Babymaking (review)
    Hastings Center Report 25 (2): 34. 1995.