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Global Bioethics and Human Rights

Contemporary Issues

Edited by Wanda Teays; John-Stewart Gordon and Alison Dundes Renteln - Contributions by Robert Baker; Tom L. Beauchamp; Michael Boylan; Willow Bunu; Marlene Brant Castellano; Cher Weixia Chen; Bernard Gert; Lawrence O. Gostin; Darragh Hare; Søren Holm; llhan Ilkilic; Akiko Ito; Rita Manning; Peter Omonzejele; Sanghamitra Padhy; Vibhuti Patel; Pinit Ratanakul; Maya Sabatello; Udo Schüklenk; Scott Stonington; Peter Tan; Godfrey B. Tangwa; Rosemarie Tong and Cecilia Wee

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The ethical issues we face in healthcare, justice, and human rights extend beyond national boundaries—they are global and cross-cultural in scope. Editors Wanda Teays, John-Stewart Gordon, and Alison Dundes Renteln have assembled the works of an interdisciplinary, international team of experts in bioethics into a comprehensive, innovative and accessible book. It opens with theoretical frameworks that inform a Global Bioethics, followed by three units for an in-depth look at contemporary issues in the field. These are human rights, culture, and public health—with each unit including theoretical discussions and lively case studies. Topics range from torture and lethal injection to euthanasia, sex selection, vulnerable human subjects, to health equity, safety and public health, and environmental disasters like Bhopal, Fukushima, and more.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 456Size: 6 3/4 x 9 1/4
978-1-4422-3213-6 • Hardback • April 2014 • $110.00 • (£75.00)
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Wanda Teays is a professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Mount St. Mary’s College. John-Stewart Gordon is W1 Professor in Anthropology and Ethics in Rehabilitation Sciences at
the Faculty of Human Sciences at Cologne University.
Alison Dundes Renteln is a professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California.
Global Bioethics & Human Rights: Contemporary Issues
Wanda Teays, John-Stewart Gordon, and Alison Renteln, eds.
Introduction to the Text
PART 1: Theoretical Perspectives
Introduction to Part 1:
Theoretical Perspectives
John-Stewart Gordon
GLOBAL FRAMEWORK
Bernard Gert, “A Global Ethical Framework for Bioethics”
GLOBAL MORALITY & CULTURE
Tom L. Beauchamp, “The Compatibility of
Universal Morality and Multiculturalism”
GLOBAL MORAL LANGUAGE
Søren Holm, ”Lost in Translation: Can We have a Global
Bioethics Without a Global Moral Language?”
GLOBAL BIOETHICS
Scott Stonington and Pinit Ratanakul,
“Is There a Global Bioethics?’
End of Life in Thailand and the Case for Local Difference”
DISCUSSION TOPICS Part 1
Wanda Teays
PART 2: HUMAN RIGHTS
Introduction to Part 2:
Human Rights
John-Stewart Gordon
OVERVIEW
John-Stewart Gordon, “Human Dignity, Human Rights,
and Global Bioethics”
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
Robert Baker, “Bioethics and Human Rights:
A Historical Perspective”
HUMAN RIGHTS & DISABILITY RIGHTS
Akiko Ito, “Bioethics and the UN Convention
on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”
CASE 1: TORTURE
Wanda Teays, “Torturous Deeds: Crossing Moral Boundaries”
CASE 2: IMMIGRATION DETENTION (ICE)
Rita Manning, “Immigration Detention and the Right
to Health Care”
CASE 3: LETHAL INJECTION & HARVESTING ORGANS
Cher Weixia Chen, “Global vs. Local:
The Use of Lethal Injection in China”
CASE 4: REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM
Godfrey B. Tangwa, “Ethics, Human Rights and
Reproductive/Sexual Health In Africa:
Exploratory Socio-Cultural Considerations”
DISCUSSION TOPICS Part 2
Wanda Teays
PART 3: CULTURE
Introduction to Part 3:
Culture
Alison Dundes Renteln
CULTURE & TRUTH-TELLING
llhan Ilkilic, “Culture and Ethical Aspects of Truth-Telling
In a Value Pluralistic Society”
CULTURE & PARENTING
Maya Sabatello, “Controlled Parenthood:
Bioethics and the Notion of the Family”

CULTURE & SURGERY
Alison Dundes Renteln, “Cutting Edge Debates:
A Cross-Cultural Consideration of Surgery”
CASE 1: SEX SELECTION
Vibhuti Patel, “Sex Determination and Sex Pre-selection
Tests in India”
CASE 2: EUTHANASIA
Cecilia Wee, “Confucianism and Killing vs. Letting Die”
CASE 3: HUMAN EXPERIMENTATION
Peter Omonzejele, “Understanding The Concept of
Vulnerability From A Western Africa Perspective
CASE 4: RESEARCH ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Marlene Brant Castellano, “Ethics of Aboriginal Research”
DISCUSSION TOPICS Part 3
Wanda Teays
PART 4: PUBLIC HEALTH
Introduction to Part 4:
Public Health
Wanda Teays
OVERVIEW
Udo Schüklenk and Darragh Hare, ”Issues in Global
Health Ethics”
GLOBAL HEALTH JUSTICE
Lawrence O. Gostin and Ames Dhai, “Global Health Justice:
A Perspective From the Global South on a Framework
Convention on Global Health”
PUBLIC HEALTH EQUITY
Peter Tan, “A Virtuous Reading of Health Equity
Under the Affordable Care Act”
CASE 1: GLOBAL AGING
Rosemarie Tong, “Global Perspectives on
Long-term Care for the Elderly”
CASE 2: PUBLIC SAFETY & MEDICAL RISKS
Michael Boylan, “Safety and Public Health:
Evaluating Acceptable Risk”
CASE 3: ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS
Sanghamitra Padhy, “Towards Green Bioethics
and Health Rights: Lessons from Bhopal and Fukushima”
DISCUSSION TOPICS Part 4
Wanda Teays
RESOURCES
Further Reading on Global Bioethics
Wanda Teays, Alison Dundes Renteln, and John-Stewart Gordon
Electronic Resources on Global Bioethics
Willow Bunu and Wanda Teays
Global Bioethics on the Screen
Wanda Teays
Appendix: Human Rights & Disability
Akiko Ito
Contributors
INDEX


There is something paradoxical and honest about this book: though its title patently suggests there is such a thing as global bioethics (for many, a rather volatile concept), its contents challenge and support that notion in equal measure, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. This in itself makes the volume recommendable. The book is organized into four sections ranging from the theoretical perspectives of global bioethics to issues of human rights, culture, and public health. The theoretical perspectives are well balanced between those who support the notionBernard Gert and Tom Beauchampand those who challenge itSøren Holm, quite eloquently. The remaining sections offer a similar degree of equilibrium, and the articles are consistently interesting, though some seem more convincing than others, perhaps depending on readers' previous views of global bioethics. In sum, this is a thought-provoking, interesting volume for those who want to better understand what global bioethics may or may not be and the sorts of issues it addresses. For those looking for a body of doctrine about global bioethics, this book, paradoxically, may cause doubt about the very existence of such a notion. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
CHOICE


The ethical challenges of modern medicine and healthcare are no respecters of national boundaries. We are increasingly faced with problems which are inherently global. This important collection takes a wide range of key ethical issues in global health and examines them in the context of human rights theory and practice. It is the first collection of its kind and it could not be more useful or more timely.
Richard Ashcroft, Professor of Bioethics, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London


Combine authors from a Who is Who list in ethics with global issues that interest us all - care for the elderly, Fukushima, immigration detention and more - and you achieve this book. Well done to the editors!
Doris Schroeder, director of the Centre for Professional Ethics, UCLan, UK


- Case studies at the outset of each section provide tangible and real-world evidence of issues and struggles in bioethics and human rights throughout history, and still playing out at present day.

- Wide-ranging and diverse set of contributors bringing together insight from fields of medicine, philosophy, ethics, public policy, and cultural history.



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