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The Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving quality of life in vulnerable populations globally, through research, education and policy change recommendations. GBI concentrates on disparities over international lines which often lead to poor health and needless loss of life.

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Posted on 31 Mar 2015

By Kaitlyn Schaeffer
Brittany Maynard, a twenty nine-year-old woman diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, opted to end her life last year; in doing so, she became the new face of the assisted suicide movement. Following her diagnosis, Maynard and her husband moved from California to Oregon so that she would be able to take advantage of Oregon’s Death with Dignity legislation. Prior to her death, Maynard recorded a video urging California …

Posted on 23 Mar 2015

By Kaitlyn Schaeffer
Surgeons in South Africa announced this month that a 21-year-old penis transplant recipient had achieved full urinary and reproductive functionality. The surgery was performed in December 2014; doctors had anticipated that it would take two years for the patient to achieve this level of functionality. Professor Frank Graewe, a member of the surgical team and the head of plastic reconstructive surgery at Stellenbosch University, said that this procedure …

Posted on 19 Mar 2015

By Richard Balagtas
On Tuesday, March 10th, France’s parliament began debating a bill that would allow “doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes.” This bill was introduced amidst a heated national debate concerning the legalization of euthanasia. The bill itself avoids the use of terms such as euthanasia, assisted suicide, and lethal injections, but only barely. The bill, if passed, would allow doctors to sedate patients who are …

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