Category Clinical Ethics

MAID for Mental Illness: Why Safeguards Won’t Work

John Maher asserts that medical assistance in dying (MAiD) should not be a legal option for persons whose sole underlying condition is mental illness because proposed safeguards will fail over time.

The federal government requests an extension on MAiD

Jocelyn Downie argues that the federal government’s request for more time to amend medical assistance in dying legislation leaves Canadians to face enduring, intolerable, and irremediable suffering.

Ethics Quality Improvement: Leading Change for Better Care

Angel Petropanagos, Paula Chidwick, and Jill Oliver explain how clinical ethics can respond to emerging challenges in our health system by utilizing quality improvement methodologies and change management concepts.  

Russia’s CRISPR “deaf babies”: the next genome editing frontier?

Jackie Leach Scully and Teresa Blankmeyer Burke worry about the ableist and audist assumptions hidden in this venture.

Draft regulations won’t fix a broken Act

Art Leader critiques the Assisted Human Reproduction Act draft regulations and maintains that the Act fails to address societal challenges relating to emerging reproductive science.

Expert Report on Medical Assistance in Dying

Sally Bean summarizes the recent expert report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada and suggests that a legislative amendment is unlikely until compelling evidence exists or a common law ruling requires it.

First CRISPR Babies: Where are our Ethics?

Françoise Baylis responds to the recently announced birth of the world’s first genome edited babies and raises concerns about the scientific practice and ethical accountability.