Medical Ethics 



Medical Ethics: On-line Resources
When reading from any of the links below you need to think carefully about any possible bias or agenda that the author and/or the organisation may have, and ensure that you read critically.
The links are organised under the following headings:

  • Medical Ethics: General Resources
  •  Medical Ethics: The Beginning of Life
  • Medical Ethics: The Prolongation of Life
  • Medical Ethics: The Ending of Life
  • Medical Ethics: Get Thinking!
Medical Ethics  : General Resources
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Medical Ethics  : The Beginning of Life
General:
Website: "The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority"
Article: "Embryology Bill: The Key Points" on the BBC website
Stem Cell Research:
Website: "Stem Cell Information", the National Institiutes for Health (NIH) resource for stem cell research, the NIH is part of the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services
Website: "Explore Stem Cells"
Website: "International Society for Stem Cell Research", click on the red "Public" tab
Website: "Euro Stem Cell"
Website: "National Stem Cell Network", a UK site
Information page: "UK Stem Cell Initiative", an advisory body to the Department of Health. Contains links to a survey of global positions in stem cell research in "Countries from A to G", "Countries from H to Z", and the "United States of America"
Information page: "Gene Therapy Advisory Committee", an advisory body to the Department of Health
Website: "Cloning and Stem Cells" part of the Society, Religion and Technology Project, a project of the Church of Scotland
Article: "Q&A: Stem cells" on the BBC website
Video: "Stem cell research" on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Video: "Alternative to embryo stem cells developed by researchers" on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Audio: "Historic moment for stem cells" on the BBC website
Legal:
FAQs: "Stem Cells and the law", on the website Euro Stem Cell
Medical uses of stem cells:
Video: "Toddler's stem cell sight hope" on the BBC website
Video: "Stem cells dance under the microscope" on the BBC website
Religious and ethical veiws on stem cell research:
Article: "Stem cell debate in the Muslim world" on the BBC's Religion pages
Video: "Ethics of using foetal stem cells" on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Pre-natal development:
Article: "Pregnancy timeline" on the BBC website
Slideshow: "Pregnancy development slideshow" on the NHS website
Video: "The role of the placenta" on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Video: "Antenatal screening" on the  NHS website
News article: "Babies 'cry in mother tongue'" on the BBC website
Article and video: "Mapping the unborn baby's brain in 3D" on the BBC website
Article and pictures: "Scans uncover secrets of the womb" and "In pictures - Watch me grow" on the BBC website
IVF (in vitro fertilisation):
Video: "IVF" on the NHS website
Information: "IVF" on the the NHS website
Article: "Is it right to pay women for their eggs?" on the BBC website
 Article: "IVF" on the BBC website (thanks to Lorna for this link)
Abortion:
Series of articles: "Abortion" from the BBC's Ethics pages
Video: "DNA, Human Genome Project and genetic screening"on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Religious views on abortion:
 Christian views:  
Article: "Christianity  and abortion"  on the BBC's Religion pages (Church of England & Roman Catholic)  
Statement: "Statement on Abortion" from the Church of Scotland
Interactive resource: "RE:Quest - Abortion" on the RE:Quest website
Other religious views:
Article: "Buddhism and abortion" on the BBC's Religion pages 
Article: "Hinduism and abortion" on the BBC's Religion pages 
Article: "Islam and abortion" on the BBC's Religion pages
 Article: "Judaism and abortion" on the BBC's Religion pages 
Article: "Sikhism and abortion" on the BBC's Religion pages
News stories and case studies about abortion:
Down's Syndrome Abortion Rate (October 2009):
News article: "Steep rise in Down's pregnacies" on the BBC website
Video news article: "Rise in Down's syndrome pregnancies" on the BBC website
Medical article: "Trends in Down's syndrome live births..." on the BMJ website (British Medical Journal)
Information articles: "Down's Syndrome" on the NHS Choices website
Article: "Down's syndrome trend examined" on on the NHS Choices website
The case of two midwives who took legal action as a result of being expected to supervise abortions:
News report: "Catholic midwives in abortion conscientious objection case", BBC
News report: "Catholic midwives lose abortion 'conscientious objection' case", BBC
News article: "Catholic midwives' legal bid to avoid abortion duties rejected", in the Scotsman
Article: "Forced to Supervise Abortions", Scottish Catholic Observer
 
Medical Ethics  : The Prolongation of Life
  Organ transplants:
Information pages: "Organ donation" on Directgov, a government information website
Video: "Kidney transplant" on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Religious views on organ donation:
Article: "Buddhism and organ donation" on the BBC's Religion pages
Article and audio interview: "Christianity and organ donation" on the BBC's Religion pages
Article and audio interview: "Hinduism and organ donation" on the BBC's Religion pages
Article and audio interviews: "Judaism and organ donation" on the BBC's Religion pages
Article: "Sikhism and organ donation" on the BBC's Religion pages
Religious and ethical views on xenotransplantation:
Article: "The Ethics of Xenotransplantation" on the Society, Religion and Technology Project, a project of the Church of Scotland

 
Medical Ethics  : The Ending of Life
  Euthanasia:
Series of articles: "Euthanasia" from the BBC's Ethics pages
Video: "Euthanasia - a definition of terms" on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Religious and ethical views on euthanasia: 
Article: "Buddhism - euthanasia and suicide", on the BBC's Religion pages
 Article: "Christianity - euthanasia" on the BBC's Religion pages
 Article: "Hinduism - euthanasia and suicide" on the BBC's Religion pages 
 Article: "Islam - euthanasia and suicide" on the BBC's Religion pages
 Article: "Judaism - euthanasia and suicide" on the BBC's Religion pages
 Article: "Sikhism - euthanasia and suicide" on the BBC's Religion pages 
Video: "The Christian case against euthanasia" on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Video: "Christian views on euthanasia" on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Video: "Euthanasia - a personal choice" on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Video: "Argument for legalised voluntary euthanasia" on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Terminal illness:
Video: "A story of assisted suicide" on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Series of articles: "Coping with  grief - Terminal illness" on the BBC's Relationship pages
Video: "A Christian family's experience of terminal illness" on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Video: "Mother on cancer secrecy decicion" on the BBC website. 
Palliative care:
   Audio interview: "Palliative care - is there enough help for people who are terminally ill and their families" on BBC Radio 4
Video: "The role of palliative care in the hospice movement"on the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband
Assisted Suicide
Article: "Assisted suicide bill published" on the BBC website

 
Medical Ethics : Get Thinking!
Game: "Staying Alive" on The Philosophers' Magazine Online, this game will help you think about what it means to be a living human being
Game: "Morality Play" on The Philosophers' Magazine Online, this game will help you think about the range of moral principles you use when making moral decisions