Author Archives: impact ethics

In a Nutshell: An attempted assault on access to MAiD

Jocelyn Downie summarizes Y v. Swinemar, the recent decision in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal that rejected third parties interfering with access to medical assistance in dying.

Comprehensive reproductive health services include abortion

Martha Paynter contrasts Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick to describe how abortion should be part of the continuum of a rationally organized health care service delivery system for reproductive health in Atlantic Canada.

COVID-19 animal research reveals ethical shortcomings

Andrew Fenton and L. Syd M Johnson outline several ethical issues with nonhuman animal research revealed by COVID-19 research

MAiD for mental suffering: The limits of psychiatry

Peter J. Baylis critiques the argument that mental health concerns are never irremediable, and that people with a mental illness as a sole underlying condition should not be eligible for medical assistance in dying.

Medicalization & the sociocultural roots of hoarding disorder

Kaila Bolton outlines some of the benefits and disadvantages of medicalizing hoarding behaviour while discussing the economic and sociocultural context associated with this disorder.