Sex, Gender, and Sport

At the Olympic Games this summer, competitors from around the world will present dazzling displays of athleticism and sportsmanship—that is, if they meet the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) sex criteria. On June 22nd, just five weeks before the opening ceremonies in London, the IOC ruled that testosterone levels will be used to determine the eligibility […]


Just Love: What a Denounced Book Can Teach Bioethics

In early June, when the Vatican denounced Sister Margaret Farley’s book, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, I took notice. As a recent graduate of Yale Divinity School (where I studied ethics), I’ve been influenced by Farley’s scholarship and work, even though she was professor emeritus by the time I arrived on campus. […]


Dying with Dignity in Massachusetts

The presidential and senatorial elections won’t be the only hotly contested issues on Election Day in Massachusetts this year. On Tuesday November 6th, Massachusetts residents will vote on a Death with Dignity Law; if the ballot measure passes, Massachusetts will join Oregon and Washington in legalizing physician assisted suicide. Physician assisted suicide was made legal […]


Justified Restrictions on Religious Freedom

The Obama administration’s decision regarding Catholic institutions and coverage for reproductive health has stirred up a firestorm of claims that the policy restricts religious freedom. That’s true: the policy does restrict religious freedom to an extent. But while freedom of religion is surely a principle Americans hold dear, it is not absolute. Religious rights end […]


The Bioethics of Circumcision

The Religion and Bioethics seminar explores the role and interaction of religion and medical practices, always examining reading from a range of viewpoints. This week’s session looks at similarities, differences and controversies surrounding male and female circumcision. Male circumcision is familiar to all in the US and has had a long history of general acceptance. […]