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a resource of the Bioethics Institute of Loyola Marymount University



The Bioethics Hub is a resource for healthcare providers, bioethicists, scholars, and students in Southern California and beyond. There are academic articles, interviews with bioethicists, links to ethics-related news items, and local bioethics events.

This site is managed by the Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University.

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Advance Directives and Dementia Care

April 25, 2023 (LMU)

Over the last decade, there have been several controversial cases involving the authority of advance directives for persons with dementia, relating to voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) and euthanasia. At play are fundamental questions of who are and how we can respect human dignity. These cases highlight the need for a greater discussion surrounding care for persons with dementia, as we face an aging population.

To read more, click here

Rethinking Social Solidarity in a Global Context: Bioethics and Human Rights

March 21, 2023 (LMU)

On Tuesday March 21, esteemed bioethicist and international scholar, Dr. Henk ten Have gave a lecture to students, faculty, and the LMU community on social solidarity, vulnerability, and human rights in a global context. Following the lecture, he, along with Professor Roberto Dell'Oro, answered questions from the audience.

To read more about the lecture, click here.

Professor Roberto Dell'Oro appointed as Ordinary Member of Pontifical Academy for Life, Meets Pope Francis 

February 2, 2023 (LMU)

In February, Dr. Dell'Oro had the honor of meeting with the Pope following his appointment as an Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. 

To read more, click here.




The Observatory  is a monthly collection of special reports and news based on the latest biomedical and biotechnological research findings from the top medical and scientific journals.


The Johns Hopkins weekly roundup is a compilation of bioethical research in global academic literature.

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Texas doctor charged with taking private patient information on transgender care

June 18, 2024

(AP News)

A Texas doctor who calls himself a whistleblower on transgender care for minors is accused of illegally obtaining private information on patients from the nation’s largest pediatric hospital who were not under his care.

Federal prosecutors said Dr. Eithan Haim, a 34-year-old surgeon, snatched the information and shared it with a conservative activist with “intent to cause malicious harm” to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

Read the article here

Surgeon general calls for social media warning labels

June 17, 2024

(Washington Post)

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy called Monday for placing tobacco-style warning labels on social media to alert users that the platforms can harm children’s mental health, escalating his warnings about the effects of online services such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Writing in a New York Times opinion essay, Murthy urged Congress to enact legislation requiring that social media platforms include a surgeon general’s warning to “regularly remind parents and adolescents that social media has not been proved safe.”

Read the article here.

Abortion pill access is unchanged after the Supreme Court’s decision. Here’s what you need to know

June 13, 2024

(AP News)

Access to the abortion pill mifepristone will not change after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected an effort Thursday by anti-abortion groups to roll back its availability, a win for abortion rights supporters and millions of women in states where abortion is legal.

Despite the ruling, women’s access to mifepristone still largely depends on a patchwork of state laws, with only about half of states allowing full access under terms approved by the federal government.

Read the article here. 

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