Cátedra UNESCO de Bioética

Información y matrícula

  • Observatorio de Bioética y Derecho
  • Cátedra UNESCO de Bioética
  • Universidad de Barcelona
  • Av. Diagonal 684
    Facultad de Derecho
  • 08034 Barcelona
  • Tel. (+34) 93 403 45 46
  • obd.ub@ub.edu

"Bioethics Without Roe"

The Hastings Center

The 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade has played a subtle but critical role in the history of bioethics in America. The finding of a constitutional right to abortion coincided with the first several years of a more or less self-conscious transition from traditional medical ethics, focused on physician decision-making, to "bioethics", which incorporated the patient’s values and preferences. By the early 1980s informed consent was widely seen as the application of the principle of respect for autonomy.