The Bioethics Brief

Bioethics Society at the University of Virginia

We Want YOU!

Are you interested in talking Bioethics with your fellow peers? We'd love to have you join us on our Facebook Page! This is where we will be advertising many events as well as creating a space for all of us to interact with each other and discuss what's going on in the world. But this is also where we want to hear from you! What do you want to see more of with our society? Do you know any events or speakers you would love us to incorporate? Come join us, and your comments may appear on next week's Bioethics Brief!

Brand New Bioethics Journal Opportunity!

Are you interested in writing about your clinical experiences or interesting health-related news? The Virginia Journal of Bioethics is commencing the inaugural issue this semester. We are looking for intelligent and passionate writers. Writing may cover recent healthcare related news, bioethical controversies, clinical narratives, and more. If you are curious, please write to Dallas Ducar at for more info!

Bioethics Internship Application DUE TOMORROW!

Reminder: The deadline for applications for Summer Biomedical Ethics Internships at UVA's Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities is mid-night (TOMORROW!) February 1. More info can be found here.

Inquiries should be sent via email to Mary Faith Marshall at

Bioethics in the News

Controversy in Tennessee

Tennessee lawmakers have caused a stir with a law passed in 2014, which allowed for the prosecution of mothers who gave birth to children addicted to opiates or illegal drugs. However, now there are dozens of advocacy groups calling for the end of the 'fetal assault' law. There seems to be a visceral, emotional reaction in any topic dealing with infants and children, so what are your thoughts? Would this bill prevent vulnerable women from seeking help? Or is it in the best interest of the children? Are there any changes you would make to the law? Let us know on the Facebook page, and your comments might end up on next week's edition of the Bioethics Brief!

Read more on the law here.
Read more on the petitions here.

Interesting Events Around Grounds

Medical Center Hour/Arts + Minds - Visual Arts For Persons Living With Dementia

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 12:30-1:30pm

Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium

In this Medical Center Hour about Arts + Minds' award-winning programming, Carolyn Halpin-Healy highlights recent research that demonstrates beneficial impact even broader and deeper than anticipated, extending to museum staff and to medical students who, as practicing physicians, will likely care for elders with dementia.

Women's Health Lecture Series with Dr. Sarita Bennett

Friday, Feb. 5th, 5:30pm

1400 University Avenue Charlottesville, VA

A lecture exploring the hormonal physiology of birth, the hardwiring of the female brain, and the moral, medical, and evolutionary importance of these fascinating insights.

Dr. Sarita Bennett DO, CPM
Dr. Bennet has over thirty years of experience in maternal health, as well as twenty years as a practicing osteopathic family physician. When she is not caring for women and babies in Charlottesville, Dr. Bennett teaches medical students, midwives, and expecting families about pregnancy and birth.

The event is free of charge and refreshments will be provided.

Medical Center Hour/Patients with Passports: Ethical and Legal Issues in Medical Tourism

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 12:30-1:30pm

Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium

Speaker: I. Glenn Cohen JD, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA co-presented with the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life.

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