Category Archives: disability ethics

Disability, Discrimination, and Organ Transplants


Recent opinion piece from the Washington Post here.

What’s Wrong with Selecting for Maleness or White Skin?

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What’s Wrong? is grateful to Rivka Weinberg (Scripps College) for the following original contribution.

What’s Wrong with Selecting for Maleness or White Skin?

Prenatal genetic diagnosis and implantation makes it possible to screen embryos for specific genes or traits and then implant only the embryos with the desired genes or traits.  This process has been used to select for gender, for bone marrow compatible with a sick sibling in need of a bone marrow transplant, and to select non-deaf or deaf embryos.  Eventually, it might be possible to select for specific traits such as blue eyes or athleticism.  Is anything wrong with any uses of PGD?  And, if so, what’s wrong?
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Supreme Court Takes Up Deaf Texans’ Suit Against State

Story here.

Peter Singer on Immigration, the Cincinnati Zoo, and More

GettyImages-472140138-1-760x506Story here.

Philosopher Richard Pettigrew on Implicit Bias


Do Deaf Babies Need To Be Fixed?

1 yYSKOMiWad8DswjJrdATRgDiscussion here.


Philosopher Bonnie Steinbock on the use of “Mosaic” Embryos in IVF

Her short post is here.
(image: IVF)

“Dwarfism, Chemical Limb Lengthening, and Informed Consent”

biomarin1Short story here and short commentary here.
(image: BioMarin Pharmaceuticals)

An Interview With Philosopher Christine Overall

Overall3Part of the “Dialogues on Disability” series here.