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Autonomy & Agency

Talking About Vaccines

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When your child is due for vaccinations, print out the list of ethical alternative vaccines and discuss them with your healthcare provider. In my experience, the vaccines that are usually given are unethical, but the office typically stocks, or can readily order, the ethical alternative for your child. Read Article

Vaccination and Parental Autonomy

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Parents of young children are routinely faced with ethical decision making in the course of routine medical care, and the ethics of vaccination are a contentious topic right now. Every major medical organization in the United States recommends the vaccination of children, but there are many parents who object to vaccinations.
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The Right to Another Person

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Americans reject the notion that a person has a right to another person. This is most clearly illustrated in our morally correct judgement against slavery. Ironically, despite this rejection, there are many other areas of human activity that we accept as normal that rely exclusively on that right.Read Article

Parental Rights Crisis

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In the United States, when a married couple has a child, there is a solid legal framework that grants joint custody and agency to the mother and father. This is a reasonable assumption on the part of the law. There is a coming crisis in the realm of medical powers of attorney and it relates to the sharp increase over the past half-century of births to non-married parents.Read Article

Why Conscience Rights

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The importance of conscience rights cannot be understated. The independence and autonomy of clinicians is a principal benefit to the patient. By accepting and respecting the clinician’s medical decision making, we can have justified true belief that they will act in their patient’s best interests.Read Article