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11/04/2008

Looking for an Ethics Committee?

The Bioethics Advisory Committee(BAC) does not agree that women who donate their eggs for research should be reimbursed except for expenses like cab fares, loss of earnings and loss of time. 'They should not, however, expect to be paid for the inconvenience, the pain they undergo, nor the risks involved in egg extraction.' BAC said. The procedures involved in egg extraction go something like this. Women go to hospital daily for 2 or 3 weeks, undergo tests and hormone injection to harvest their eggs, put on sedation and needle injected to remove eggs in a 20 minute operation. I have seen how guinea pigs were handled in the lab. Not much difference. And it is ethically correct that women should be carefully scrutinised and those who gave their excess unwanted egg should not ever think of being reimbursed. The BAC is very clear about using money as an incentive. The amount reimbursed should not be so big that it becomes an inducement. Inducing people to do things with money and more money is unhealthy and unethical. People who are induced to do things because of money are money minded, to say the least. So as for the Ethics Committee that I am calling for yesterday, look no further. The people in the BAC are just the right people to sit in that Committee. These are ethical people that will not be induced by money to do unsavoury things. PS. If I am a woman, I will demand my price for the trouble that I have to go through. And if my genes are of graduate quality, I will demand a ransom for them.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another committee? having more commi means we are responsible and of high moral... go for it.

Anonymous said...

Did we induce people to become ministers by paying sky high salaries? Argument seems quite similar. My memory is rather short.

Matilah_Singapura said...

I don't agree with them, but at least there is DISCUSSION on ethical issues.

These discussions should be HARD and TOUGH, and go into areas which are "taboo" and unpleasant if necessary.

We are becoming more powerful as a species with regard to mankind's scientific achievements, which keep going at an unprecedented rate. The use of new tech has to be conducted in a certain context — morality and ethics. What are the boundaries? How do we discover this together?

Property rights: when we are physically "violated" in some form or another, it is because our property rights have been violated — self-ownership, one's private property... you get the idea.

Property rights are always EVOLVING as personal empowerment through science evolves.

E.g. You can make a dirty bomb quite easily from readily available radioactive material and plans on the internet. However do you have a right to do so — even in your own home — everything used is your private property?

No. You have no such right. Because if the bomb goes off, or you spill radioactive shit, you will physically harm other people — your neighbours, your community, anywhere the wind and water can carry contaminants. There for, for the protection of their own private properties from being violated by you, people have the right to STOP you from constructing such a device.

Anonymous said...

> The use of new tech has to be
> conducted in a certain context —
> morality and ethics. What are the
> boundaries? How do we discover
> this together?

The problem is with moral subjectivism. If morality is subjective (which seems to be the 'enlightened' view nowadays?) - then why should I be coerced to agree with your arbitrary set of 'moral' rules?

Matilah_Singapura said...

The fact is moral subjectivism exists. And people hold those views have a right to hold and defend those views.

That's why open discussion is important. Moral subjectivist views must be aired where they can be debated against and won in the public sphere. Thus if something untoward happens in the future, no single group can be blamed.

You can rest assured that the "moralists" will be the first and the loudest to scream in such an event. Therefore it is prudent to get their views, and everyone elses onto the public record from the start, because you know some kind of "blame-game" will occur in the future.

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