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  • BioEdge: Conscientious objection under fire in Canadian hearing aid case
    sources Ms Panjabi said However experts on Hinduism contacted by the Canadian media were baffled They said that there was no Hindu belief which would preclude wearing an FM transmitter Apparently this is a long standing conviction of Ms Panjabi because a similar incident arose in 1996 That ended up with the University giving her an exemption from having to wear such devices Memorial University issued a statement acknowledging that it had a duty to accommodate students with disabilities But in rare circumstances such as this where a student s request for an accommodation engages a competing legal right the university must determine the validity of the legal rights and seek a balance that fully respects the importance of both sets of rights Commenting on the case in the Impact Ethics blog Jackie Leach a hearing impaired bioethicist at Newcastle University in the UK argued that religious beliefs should defer to disability Standoffs like these are increasingly common as the claims of oppressed identity groups become more widely recognized Aside from their direct impact on individuals these conflicts raise important theoretical questions about rights responsibilities practical limits on accommodations and the risks of exploitation that institutionalized accommodations inevitably offer like using an oppressed identity as an excuse for behaving selfishly The limits to accommodation must surely be different for an impairment that with the best will in the world can t be changed We can respect faith based positions on a variety of issues while still recognizing that compared to disability religion really is more of a choice MORE ON THESE TOPICS Canada conscientious objection This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/conscientious-objection-under-fire-in-canadian-hearing-aid-case/11593 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Ontario doctors squeezed on conscientious objection to assisted suicide
    health care provider This is defined as a referral made in good faith to a non objecting available and accessible physician other health care professional or agency The Professional Obligations and Human Rights policy is being challenged by the Christian Medical and Dental Society and the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians Societies Among other things the suit alleges bias on the part of the working group that developed the policy It was approved by College Council in March despite overwhelming opposition to the demand for effective referral The College issued a statement with the policy to the effect that it did not apply to euthanasia or assisted suicide It promised to revisit the issue after Parliament or the provincial legislature enacted laws in response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision It was obvious at the time that this was an ingenuous tactic that they hoped would defuse opposition to the policy at least among Council members said Protection of Conscience Project Administrator Sean Murphy This development simply confirms the obvious MORE ON THESE TOPICS assisted suicide Canada conscientious objection Ontario This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/ontario-doctors-squeezed-on-conscientious-objection-to-assisted-suicide/11572 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Protests over being forced to refer Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF audit in Australia 13 Feb 2016 Archive

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Ontario (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: More revelations about past sterilization of Canadian indigenous women
    Consent forms for sterilisations were not translated into indigenous languages people weren t necessarily understanding what was happening in the doctor s office In some areas they doctors working for the government were promoting birth control to reduce the size of indigenous communities Canadian officials also sterilized other groups including the mentally disabled for eugenic reasons This was also a reason for sterilizing indigenous women but Dr Stote claims that the government also wanted to reduce their population to lessen the state s responsibilities under treaties it had signed with indigenous groups Her investigation An Act of Genocide Colonialism and the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women Is not the first to document this abuse but it gives much more detail MORE ON THESE TOPICS Canada indigenous peoples sterilization This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/more-revelations-about-past-sterilization-of-canadian-indigenous-women/11562 (2016-02-18)
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  • Leading bioethicists back euthanasia for mentally ill
    mature minors for irreversible conditions that render a patient s life permanently not worth living to them have good reason to support the availability of assisted dying for competent patients suffering from TRD or other psychiatric disease Incurable disease conditions that are not terminal by most definitions can also render competent people s lives not worth living in their own well considered judgement The authors describe the immense suffering endured by those who suffer from incurable depression and quote a lengthy excerpt from an American psychiatrist and biopolar sufferer Suicidal depression involves a kind of pain and hopelessness that is impossible to describe They conclude that legislative bodies should seriously consider revising their restrictions on the availability of euthanasia We recommend that jurisdictions considering the decriminalisation of assisted dying do not limit access to such services to patients suffering from a however defined terminal illness The article poses an interesting question relevant to euthanasia advocates and opponents alike Can one rationally advocate for euthanasia while opposing its provision for those suffering from an incurable mental illness Many believe the answer is no and for this reason refuse to support campaigns to legalize assisted dying Canada s recent Supreme Court ruling may have opened the door for assisted suicide for those suffering from serious mental illness The Supreme Court judgement stipulates the following conditions for assisted dying 1 the person affected clearly consents to the termination of life and 2 the person has a grievous and irremediable medical condition including an illness disease or disability that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition MORE ON THESE TOPICS Canada euthanasia informed consent mental illness paternalism Udo Schuklenk This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/leading-bioethicists-back-euthanasia-for-mentally-ill/11434 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Udo Schuklenk has come under fire following the publication of a conference paper in which he advocated neonatal euthanasia in certain extreme circumstances Should severely disabled infants be euthanased Michael Cook 06 December 2014 Comments tags euthanasia infant euthanasia Udo Schuklenk Two of the leading voices in bioethics go head to head Ebola in West Africa the stakes rise Michael Cook 12 September 2014 Comments tags Ebola public health Udo Schuklenk Wrapped into US President Barack Obama s speech on the threat posed by ISIS in the Middle East was a commitment to send the US Army to West Africa to contain the Ebola epidemic Suicide can be rational says editor of Bioethics Xavier Symons 12 March 2014 Comments tags euthanasia rational suicide suicide Udo Schuklenk For some people with depression suicide is a rational response to their suffering Another blast at human dignity Michael Cook 07 January 2010 Comments tags Canada euthanasia human dignity Udo Schuklenk A straw in the wind for Canada s euthanasia debate Is bioethics an ally of atheism Michael Cook 28 November 2009 Comments tags atheism religion Udo Schuklenk Bioethcists Schuklenk and Blackford argue for atheism LEADING BIOETHICIST SUPPORTS REPRODUCTIVE CLONING Michael Cook 21 March

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Udo+Schuklenk (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Canadian bioethicist attacks conscientious objection
    we ought to countenance conscientious objection in any profession is objectionable Nobody forces anyone to become a professional It is a voluntary choice A conscientious objector in medicine is not dissimilar to a taxi driver who joins a taxi company that runs a fleet of mostly combustion engine cars and who objects on grounds of conscience to drive those cars due to environmental concerns Professor Schuklenk puts forward two reasons First medicine is a service industry and Patients are entitled to receive uniform service delivery from health care professionals They ought not to be subjected to today s conscientious objection lottery This is a particular concern in a country as vast as Canada where doctors may be scarce in rural areas Second he regards and appeal to conscientious objection as a fig leaf to give privileged protection to practicing Christians Conscience clauses today are by and large a concession of special rights to Christian health care professionals at least in secular Western democracies MORE ON THESE TOPICS Canada conscience conscientious objection euthanasia Udo Schuklenk This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/canadian-bioethicist-attacks-conscientious-objection/11402 (2016-02-18)
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  • Canadian doctors anti-euthanasia palliative care
    one adopts the World Health Organization s definition of palliative care Although some palliative care doctors may choose to assist patients in ending their lives once that becomes legal others believe that who should actually administer lethal doses of medication is still an open question There s a huge misconception out there that that s what palliative care is it s all about death remarked CSPCP president Dr Susan McDonald No The great majority of it is about life and living life as best as you possibly can Assisted suicide It s not part of our practice and we don t anticipate it will become part of our practice says Dr Doris Barwich the Society s past president and current executive director of the British Columbia Centre for Palliative Care In a landmark decision on the 6 th of February the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that prohibiting assisted suicide is unconstitutional and a violation of the country s Charter of Rights and Freedoms Various healthcare organisations and representative bodies are currently debating the practicalities of the new law Subsequent to the publication of this story on the 7th of March the CMAJ have made a correction to their original article The CSPCP study found that not 56 but rather 75 of respondents didn t think they should provide assisted suicide or euthanasia The CMAJ had originally reported 56 MORE ON THESE TOPICS assisted suicide Canada euthanasia palliative care This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/canadian_doctors_dont_want_to_assist_in_suicide_new_survey/11358 (2016-02-18)
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