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On Being Suspicious of Bioethics, or Reflections on the Profession In Search of Kinder, Gentler Protocol for Everything

Date: February 19, 2010

I have to get busy packing, since I’m heading to the airport very soon (off to Madison, Wisconsin, to attend/present at Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Trangender Ally College Conference), but I want to announce that my article, “Why I am Suspicious of Bioethics,” was published in Bioethics Forum, an online publication of Hastings Center (title was decided by the editor, not me).

It’s partly about the prenatal administration of off-label medication intended solely to prevent genital virilization (clitoral enlargement in this case) in female fetuses, and also about the controversial “growth attenuation” treatment for children with severe developmental disabilities but it’s also about something larger: how bioethicists are becoming enforcers of established procedures and protocols (which are, after all, determined by the medical community) rather than instigators against injustices in medicine whether or not specifically prohibited by existing policies.

Anyway, I don’t have the time to discuss the article further, so go ahead and read on…

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