Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vaccine War

Frontline, great as usual, had a good episode on the "war" over vaccination, with special focus on the alleged link to autism:



The last segment, in particular, raises an interesting ethical issue I have discussed in some of my previous bioethics classes: to what extent is it permissible, or even obligatory, to override a parent's autonomy in order to protect the parent's own child? What happens when the parental decision places other children at risk? Is the level of risk all that is important? Obviously, this question arises in many contexts outside of bioethical issues, as well.

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