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Immigration, Health Care, and the Duty to Rescue: The Ethical Challenges of an Open Society

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            Bioethics rests on classical medical-ethical questions about individual physician-patient relationships, but there is growing, urgent relevance to social, global and even environmental problems. The current immigration crisis is of global proportion and suggestive of the notion of “global bioethics.” What ethical challenges does immigration generate for a liberal society that claims to be “open?” As we face immigration and the massive movement of peoples, is there such a thing as a social “duty to rescue”? In the 2018 Annual Bioethics Lecture, Dr. Michael A. Rodriguez, Dr. Cecilia González-Andrieu, and Dr. Roberto Dell’Oro set out to answer these questions. Watch and read their answers below.  


The 2018 Annual Bioethics Lecture

"Immigration, Health Care, and the Duty to Rescue: The Ethical Challenges of an Open Society." 

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 at Loyola Marymount University 

Michael A. Rodriguez, PhD, MPH


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Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America and Co-Director of the Center of Expertise on Migration and Health. 

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Roberto Dell'Oro, PhD

Director, The Bioethics Institute, Professor of Theological Studies, Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University


Cecilia González-Andrieu, PhD

Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University

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 Our undergraduate Craves intern, Charlotte Cheng, goes behind the scenes to interview Dr. Cecilia González-Andrieu. In the interview, Dr. González-Andrieu discusses her position on healthcare as a basic human right. 


Charlotte Cheng


Charlotte Cheng is a Political Science major at Loyola Marymount University pursing medicine. She is interested in the nexus of health care and immigration because of her personal experiences as a first-generation American and college student. Charlotte is an undergraduate intern for the Bioethics Institute.  

Resources Below

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America Magazine: The Jesuit Review Podcast featuring Dr. Cecilia González-Andrieu

How can theology speak to the immigrant debate?

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