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Open Letter to the World Medical Association on Conscientious Objection

The following letter, signed by over 100 professors, directors of research centres, physicians and others concerned with medical ethics, urges the WMA not to impose an obligation on physicians to refer patients for procedures that the physician sincerely and reasonably considers unethical.

End of Life Care

Press Release on the Tragic Passing of Archie Battersbee

It is with great sadness that we hear that Archie Battersbee has passed away. It is a death made all the harder to bear as it results from the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment against the strenuous objections of Archie’s parents.

End of Life Care

Press Release: A Comment on the Latest High Court Judgement on Archie Battersbee

The latest High Court judgement in the ongoing case of Archie Battersbee further undermines the place of parents in making medical decisions for their children. It also invokes “dignity” in a way that threatens the dignity of all those living with profound disability.

Abortion

David Albert Jones in the New York Times: The End of Roe Doesn’t Need to Increase Maternal Mortality

The New York Times has published a piece by our Director, David Albert Jones, challenging the common argument that restrictions on abortion are harmful to maternal health by pointing to the evidence from Europe which shows that it is “not necessary or inevitable that the overturning of Roe v Wade will lead to adverse health outcomes for women”.

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A showcase selection of the work of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, from noteworthy research, events, and media presentations.

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Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide (EAS)

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: A Guide to the Evidence

This evidence guide has been written to inform the debate about whether to legalise physician assisted suicide or euthanasia in the United Kingdom. Most of the sources cited here are also relevant to the debates on assisted suicide or euthanasia in other countries.

Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide (EAS)

Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and Suicide Rates in Europe (Journal of Ethics in Mental Health)

The Journal of Ethics in Mental Health (JEMH) published an article by the Anscombe Centre’s Director, David Albert Jones, which shows, contrary to some claims that introducing euthanasia and assisted suicide (EAS) would reduce suicides, that there is no evidence that this is the case, but that European data shows that in countries that have introduced voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide into law and medical practice.

COVID-19

The Ethics of Vaccine Passports: An Interview with Prof. David Albert Jones

As the UK gradually moves out of lockdown, the government has been considering multiple strategies for reopening. Among these is the well-known, and somewhat controversial proposal for ‘Vaccine Passports’. Plans have also been put forward to introduce ‘COVID Status Certificates.’ What would these certificates, or ‘passports’, mean for citizens? And what are some of the ethical implications of them? David Albert Jones is videoed here in conversation with Becky Short exploring these questions and more.


 

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A virtual library of essays and articles by past and present staff members of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre. Our briefing papers, offering in-depth analysis of fast-moving issues, are also available here.

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Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide (EAS)

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: A Guide to the Evidence

This evidence guide has been written to inform the debate about whether to legalise physician assisted suicide or euthanasia in the United Kingdom. Most of the sources cited here are also relevant to the debates on assisted suicide or euthanasia in other countries.

Bioethics in Brief:
A Catholic Guide

Why is the Church against IVF even though it results in a child? Is brain death really death? Does the principle of Double Effect mean it doesn’t matter how much harm we cause, so long as we don’t intend it?

For answers to these and many more questions, check out our virtual guidebook. In this resource, you will find short articles on a range of bioethical topics, laid out in an accessible question-and-answer style

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