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Charlene Galarneau

  • Structural Racism, White Fragility, and Ventilator Rationing Policies

    Posted on April 20, 2020

    It’s been painful to watch health leaders twist themselves into moral knots denying that recently created ventilator rationing guidance will differentially affect Blacks, Latinx, and other people of color. On television, in newspapers, and on listservs, when the predicted disproportionate impacts of these policies are raised, some bioethicists-often white, stonewall. Or repeat a policy’s assertions that race, ethnicity, disability, etc. are irrelevant to care decisions. Or default to the intent of the policymakers.

  • Bathroom Bioethics

    Posted on November 9, 2018

    What do many transgender persons, farmworkers, homeless persons, people with disabilities, and many other persons in the United States have in common? One answer: they/we live and work in spaces lacking safe, accessible, and adequate toilet facilities. Think about that for a minute. Think about how you respond–multiple times each day–to your needs to eliminate… Read more

  • On Sims’s Legacy: Work for Bioethics

    Posted on August 17, 2017

    My  colleague Susan Reverby surely got this right: It is time to consider anew what to do about Dr. J. Marion Sims, that is, what to do about the New York City statue that commemorates him, and accordingly, about the medicine, history, and bioethics that have remembered and/or revered him. The works of feminist bioethics… Read more

  • Time to Change FDA’s Discriminatory Blood Donation Policy

    Posted on October 17, 2012

    A recent flurry of articles in the mainstream media (The Atlantic,CNN, Huffington Post) reflects yet another wave of protest against the Food and Drug Administration’s blood donation policy, which prohibits men who have had sex with men (MSM), even once since 1977, from donating blood – ever. Citing current research, the articles urge policy change, which is… Read more