Thanks for being patient with me over the last month of no episodes. The birth of Cole Thompson has altered my schedule a bit.
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For this (extra long) episode, we have a double whammy. We discuss the ethical use of cell cultures obtained from aborted fetuses, and a bit about the whole vaccines controversy. Enjoy
I’ve missed you. Ok, here are the show notes for today!
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Pro-Choicer Advocate’s claim:
If a woman can be forced to donate her body during pregnancy, we should be able to force someone to donate their kidney.
It is important to understand that the pro-choice advocate believes that these two situations are morally analogous. They believe that pregnancy is supererogatory in the same way that donating an organ is supererogatory. We have to ask the question, what is the morally relevant difference between organ donation and abortion?
It seems to me that this is just a confusion about how rights work.
If we kill an unborn human being, we are violating their right to life (as well as other rights, like bodily autonomy). If you refuse to donate blood or organs, you’re not violating anyone else’s rights. However, taking an organ from you without your consent is a clear violation of your rights.
In using this analogy, the pro-choice advocate wants us to conclude that it is legitimate to violate another human being’s right to life because you will not allow someone else to violate your rights. Is it really a violation of a woman’s rights to suggest that she ought to continue a pregnancy? Check out the episode 8 on bodily autonomy and episode 9 on the violinist.
My grandmother’s obituary in the Buffalo News (including unborn Cole)
bonus: a great, short article on the violinist argument from StR called “Unstringing the Violinist”
Hey everyone! Welcome to episode 5! I would like to deviate from the abortion topic and dive into bioethics in general every 5 episodes. And because this is episode 5, it is the first deviation from abortion specifically. I talk a little bit about embryonic stem cell lines in this episode, and will be talking about that in a future episode. Let me know what you think! Should we genetically engineer our children?
- Original paper: Why You Should Genetically Engineer Your Children (all relevant references are included at the end of the paper)
- Rethinking Aristotle: The Unwarranted Rejection of ‘Final Causation’ in Modern Evolutionary Biology
- Cole’s development: Week 33 (baby center)
- Biotech Company Granted Ethical Permission To Attempt To Use Stem Cells To Reactivate The Brains Of The Dead
- The Stem Cell Epistles by Michael A. Buratovich
- Seat belts & Kidney Markets – My Introduction to Libertarianism
Holy cow this episode is SO LONG. Click here to listen to it in a new window.