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    Bonnie Steinbock

    • Wrongful Death Suits for Frozen Embryos: A Bad Idea

      Posted on September 12, 2018

      Last March, 4,000 frozen eggs and embryos were lost at University Hospitals Fertility Center in Cleveland when the temperature in cryogenic tanks spiked due to human error. Officials at University Hospitals have apologized repeatedly to the affected patients, and say that they are working to provide refunds, free services, and “emotional support.” A similar incident… Read more

    • Breastfeeding and Transgender Women

      Posted on February 21, 2018

      A transgender woman has successfully breastfed a baby. This case has been hailed as a “breakthrough” for transgender families. I will argue that being transgender is only peripherally relevant, and the potential risks to infants are unjustified. The woman, whose name and hometown were not given, had been taking hormonal medications since 2011 as part… Read more

    • Preventing Sex-Selective Abortions in America: A Solution in Search of a Problem

      Posted on April 4, 2017

      Arkansas has recently joined seven other states (Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota) in banning abortions for sex selection. Arizona’s law requires doctors to ask a woman seeking an abortion if she knows the sex of the fetus, and if she does, to tell her that it is illegal to… Read more

    • Questions About Using “Mosaic” Embryos in IVF

      Posted on April 22, 2016

      Couples undergoing IVF routinely undergo preimplantation genetic screening, or PGS, to make sure that their embryos are viable and free of genetic disease. However, some embryos have both normal and abnormal cells, and at least some of these “mosaic” embryos are capable of developing into healthy children, as described in a New York Times article.… Read more

    • The Case for Expanding Physician-Assisted Death to Psychiatric Conditions

      Posted on November 4, 2015

      Should people suffering from psychiatric conditions, such as severe, prolonged depression, that have not responded to treatment, be eligible for physician-assisted death? Most jurisdictions that allow PAD do not permit it for psychiatric conditions. However, though rare, it is allowed in Belgium and the Netherlands. Some regard the expansion to psychiatric conditions as evidence of… Read more

    • Banning Abortion for Down Syndrome: Legal or Ethical Justification?

      Posted on August 26, 2015

      The Ohio legislature is expected to approve a bill this fall that would make it illegal for doctors to perform an abortion if the reason the woman wants a termination is to avoid having a baby with Down syndrome. Since prenatal tests for Down syndrome are done in the second, or even the first, trimester,… Read more

    • Reasonable Regulation of Surrogate Motherhood

      Posted on July 29, 2015

      This month France’s highest court granted legal recognition to children born to surrogates. Previously, surrogate children were deprived of any legal connection to their parents, or any civil status in France. They could not get ID cards or passports, or register for state health care or other benefits. France’s policy was challenged in a case… Read more

    • Sex, Consent, and Dementia

      Posted on April 15, 2015

      A 78-­year­‐old Iowa man, Henry Rayhons, has been charged with third­‐degree felony sexual abuse for having sex with his wife, who had severe Alzheimer’s, in her nursing home on May 23, 2014. Mrs. Rayhons died in August. The case raises questions about the capacity to consent in cases of severe dementia, an issue that is not… Read more

    • Legal Moralism and Restrictions on Abortion

      Posted on April 11, 2011

      While abortion remains legal in the United States, efforts to restrict it have dramatically increased. In 2010, at least 11 states passed laws restricting abortion, a number regarded by those on both sides of the debate as unusually high. The laws ranged from limiting abortion coverage by private and state insurers to a ban in… Read more

    • Paying Egg Donors for Research: In Defense of New York’s Landmark Decision

      Posted on July 1, 2009

      On June 11, the Empire State Stem Cell Board voted to allow funding of research on stem cell lines derived using eggs donated solely for research purposes, where the donor was compensated for her expense, time, burden, and discomfort, within specified limits, as is currently permitted when women donate oocytes for reproductive purposes in New… Read more

    • A Stem Cell Compromise?

      Posted on April 18, 2008

      In a Forum essay on April 4, commentator Jesse Reynolds heralded the use of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) as an advance that could end the stem cell wars, but warns against the extremists on both sides who are more interested in seeing the battle continue than in reaching a sensible solution. He writes,… Read more

    • Our Deterministic DNA: Another Media Myth

      Posted on June 27, 2006

      There’s nothing new in the idea that people tend to resemble their parents (and other relatives), in both looks and personality. Has the discovery of the gene as the means of transmission simply changed the way we express this familiar idea? (After reading their father’s school reports, my children claimed to have inherited the “could-do-better”… Read more