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The Human Life Span

From birth through the end of life, there are many ethical challenges that individuals face. Advances in new reproductive technologies have increased the need for reasoned analysis of issues that affect prospective parents and families. Life-extending treatments pose questions about quality versus quantity of life. Aging societies in the United States and around the world are grappling with how to provide—and pay for—proper housing and care for people as they grow old and infirm. The Hastings Center’s projects in this focus area aim to secure compassionate and just health care for people across their life span.