Category Law & Policy

Philosophers’ Brief on Chimpanzee Personhood

Andrew Fenton and L. Syd M Johnson report on the recent public release of an amicus brief supporting chimpanzee personhood, created by 17 philosophers as a part of the Nonhuman Rights Project’s efforts to get two captive chimpanzees to a sanctuary.

Legal Marijuana & Necessary Amnesty

Martha Paynter questions whether the discriminatory legacy of gendered and racialized incarceration for drug possession offences can be repaired considering the upcoming legalization of marijuana.

Dementia, Advance Directives & MAiD

Valentina Romano reasons that allowing future-oriented medical assistance in dying requests by persons with dementia may be at odds with respecting their personhood.

New ART regulations require feminist voices

Francine Coeytux, Marcy Darnovsky, Susan Berke Fogel, and Emily Galpern maintain that the development of new regulations about assisted reproductive technologies must include the voices of scholars who have studied women’s health issues, and advocates who have worked for policies and practices that safeguard women’s health and rights.

A Step Forward for Self-administered MAiD in Canada

Jocelyn Downie and Stefanie Green argue that secobarbital, a self-administered medication for medical assistance in dying, will increase patient access and autonomy.

The Horne Trial & Medicine’s Bullying Problem

Sharon Batt claims that punishing victims won’t change medicine’s pervasive culture of bullying.

Gene Editing: Where Should We Draw the Line?

Françoise Baylis continues to advocate for broad societal consensus on the future of germline genome editing and sees the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe as an ally given their support of broad public engagement.