Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bioethics and #BlackLivesMatter

From Derek Ayeh, on the death of Freddie Gray:

It is ethically troubling that individuals charged with protecting the public ignored a man who was begging for and needed immediate medical treatment. The dimensions of the situation also intrigued me: even incarcerated individuals are entitled to receive “adequate” healthcare, so on what moral grounds does a police officer stand when he/she ignores the cries for treatment of someone who has been seriously injured? While other aspects of the case concern me, these were questions I was able to ask purely as a student of bioethics— questions I thought bioethicists should have opinions about and be interested in discussing. Yet, while bioethicists have had no issue condemning genetic experimentation they seem to sew their mouths shut on the matter of black lives.

The full post is here.

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