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Aug. 28, 2008

"Procreative Beneficence" Examined

by Miriam Gordon

In the spirit of raising awareness of the ethical challenges inherent in today's most advanced medical technologies, the IHEU-Appignani Center for Bioethics and Bioethics International recently sponsored a one-day conference in New York City entitled "New Dilemmas in Medicine". Three panels of distinguished experts, in turn, addressed three pressing issues: Professor Julian Savulescu's theory of "Procreative Beneficence" (Journal of Medical Ethics 2007;33:284-288; doi:10.1136/jme.2006.018184), ethical considerations in pharmaceutical R&D, and "conscientious objection" by medical professionals to performing medical procedures, such as abortions, to patients who want them. Read more

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