Whose Body Is It? Global Reflections on Women's Autonomy to Make Reproductive Health Care Decisions
June 5, 2023
8 AM Eastern Time, Virtual
"Around the world, a woman's right to make autonomous decisions about her own body and reproductive functions is restricted by cultural norms and values. This forum will explore the ethical tensions clinicians face when caring for patients in different cultural settings. Using an obstetrics case as a springboard for discussion, experts from a range of disciplines (philosophy, anthropology, bioethics) will address such questions as: What are the ethical concerns clinicians need to consider in such a context? How might we think about respect for bodily autonomy, agency, informed consent, and power here? Are there universal absolutes that can guide us? Recognizing that clinicians need to act in the moment, panelists will consider how to navigate these often immensely complicated cases as ethically as possible."