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K-State Today

March 6, 2013

Philosophy speaker to discuss role of conscientious objection in medicine March 7

Submitted by Heather Sanders

Maggie Little, director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and professor of philosophy at Georgetown University, will present “Conscientious Objection and the Ethics of Provision” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in 203 Dickens Hall.

The talk will address questions such as "What is the role of conscientious objection in medicine?" and "What do we do when the needs of patients, under one guise, are viewed as a profound evil, under another?"

Little’s research interests include issues in reproduction, clinical research ethics and the structure of moral theory. A fellow of the Hastings Center, she has twice served as visiting scholar in residence at the National Institutes of Health department of bioethics. She is a founding member of The Ob-Gyn Risk Research Group, and co-founded, with Ruth Faden and Anne Lyerly, The Second Wave Initiative, which works to promote responsible research into the health needs of pregnant women.