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    An Exploration of the Ethics of Collecting Forensic Evidence From Sexual Assault Survivors.Leona Bruijns - 2019 - Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 12 (1):61-76.
    Sexual assault is extremely common in many societies, and it is overwhelmingly a gendered phenomenon. Many studies have shown that women experience sexual violence at high rates, including a recent study by Senn and colleagues that found 35 percent of respondents in college had already experienced at least one attempted rape or completed rape. The continued high prevalence of sexual assault demands the attention of feminist scholarship. Feminist bioethicists must contribute to these discussions, particularly discussions about the encounters between women (...)
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    Liminal Bodies, Reproductive Health, and Feminist Rhetoric: Searching the Negative Spaces in Histories of Rhetoric by Lydia M. McDermott. [REVIEW]Nicholas Danne - 2019 - Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 12 (1):172-175.
    Liminal Bodies, Reproductive Health, and Feminist Rhetoric presents composition professor Lydia McDermott's "sonogram" methodology of rhetorical listening, an exercise that discloses feminine voices muted or unjustly disciplined within texts ostensibly written on women's behalf. The texts examined by McDermott range from eighteenth-century pregnancy manuals to speeches by Favorinus, the ancient sophist, who is described from antiquity as a hermaphrodite. Part of McDermott's purpose in sonogramming is to critique modern and contemporary feminists. She objects to the feminist trend of perpetuating and (...)
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    Uterine Transplantation: Ethics in Light of Recent Successes.Jennifer Flynn & Naila Ramji - 2019 - Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 12 (1):1-23.
    No longer a mere possibility, uterine transplantation has, at the time of writing, yielded twelve live births. In this paper, we examine the ethical dimensions of uterine transplantation, taking into account these recent successes. The paper is divided into two main sections. First, we explore the risks to uterus donors and recipients in light of the current state of the medical science, as well as the psychological burden introduced by the very possibility of uterine transplantation. In the second section, we (...)
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    Gender, Status, and the Steepness of the Social Gradients in Health.Carina Fourie - 2019 - Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 12 (1):137-156.
    The higher one's social status, usually, the better one's health. A consistent association exists between increments of health and increments of social status, and it continues to exist across a variety of measures of both health and of social status. This association applies strongly to both men and women across numerous countries, developed and developing, and is commonly referred to as "the social gradient in health".A puzzling corollary is that many social gradients in health appear to be steeper on average (...)
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    The Voices Missing From the Autonomy Discourse.Julia D. Gibson - 2019 - Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 12 (1):77-98.
    It can be an odd sort of thing nowadays to find oneself in the position of defending autonomy as a feminist philosopher. So much outstanding scholarship has been devoted to championing sociality, relationality, and community in the face of liberal individualism—amongst other oppressive ideologies—run amok. Given that the principle of autonomy has featured so prominently in the discourse of biomedical ethics, feminist bioethicists have been particularly preoccupied with critiquing and resisting problematic formulations of autonomy. In place of an individualistic principle (...)
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    Resilience and Group-Based Harm.Ami Harbin - 2019 - Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 12 (1):24-43.
    In feminist psychiatric ethics, researchers have been increasingly interested in how individuals' social positions inform what experiences of physical, mental, and emotional difficulties they are likely to face, as well as how their treatments and recoveries are likely to proceed. Feminist philosophers of psychiatry have discussed how "contingent and preventable forms of oppression and misfortune" can make those who suffer them more readily seen by some as candidates for psychiatric classification. They have noted the pronounced impact of sexism and racism (...)
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    Lost in Narratives of Identity: The Predicament of Surrogates in Thailand.Yuqing Li - 2019 - Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 12 (1):157-171.
    The clinical application of Assisted Reproductive Technology is relatively recent. In 1978, the first test-tube baby was born in the United Kingdom, marking a historic change in human reproduction. Although ART brings hope to infertile people, most countries and regions in the world still regard it with caution. One of the most unnerving issues about ART is the intricate ethical problems brought up by the novel technology, especially the use of surrogates. China, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the majority of (...)
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  8. Is Protection Against HPV Ethically Required in the Garden of Immunity?Cambray Smith - 2019 - Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 12 (1):119-136.
    In On Immunity: An Inoculation, Eula Biss, a writer and then-new mother, explores vaccination ethics through moving prose. She probes questions of autonomy, community, and power and exposes how vaccination provokes deep-seated fears about being alive and vulnerable in an uncontrollable world. She uses literature, science, and philosophy to create a multidisciplinary account of why vaccination continues to be a difficult choice for many despite widespread evidence that it is safe and overwhelmingly effective. She ultimately urges others to embrace a (...)
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    Living a Meaningful Life and Taking Good Care of Oneself in Times of Illness: Highlighting a Dilemma.Truus Teunissen, Paul Lindhout, Karen Schipper & Tineke Abma - 2019 - Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 12 (1):44-60.
    "Blessed are you who ask for our help, for our greatest need is to be needed."—Anonymous qtd. in Reinders The current political discourse in Dutch society expects—or even demands—patients properly care for themselves. Self-management, autonomy, and control are highly valued. It is assumed that self-managing will positively influence patients' quality of life and their health.In the course of the past decades, the first author, Truus Teunissen, acquired several chronic illnesses, the most important ones being a lung disease and cancer.The condition (...)
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    Clinical Research Involving Pregnant Women Ed. By Françoise Baylis and Angela Ballantyne.Elizabeth Victor - 2019 - Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 12 (1):175-179.
    As a feminist bioethicist, I have frequently wondered why the exclusion of pregnant women has been the default position for most clinical research and how social values have influenced this decision. Relatedly, I wonder what responsible research involving pregnant women would look like. As a theorist who conducts research on the concept of vulnerability, I have often wanted to know why there has been so little research into the harmful effects of the routine exclusion of pregnant women, including questions such (...)
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  11. An Argument for a Substantively Weak-Dialogical Approach to Autonomy.Matthew Wolever - 2019 - Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 12 (1):99-118.
    This paper considers the use of personal autonomy in making a request for physician-assisted suicide.1 The ethical question asks whether patients with diminished cognitive capacities possess the requisite capacities to provide informed consent so that a PAS request is granted. Diminishment in cognitive capacities, often seen as an impediment to personal autonomy, tends to thwart one's PAS request from being respected. The routine approach invokes immediate paternalistic interventions because the patient has diminished cognitive faculties that impede her personal autonomy and (...)
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