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What is Bioethics?

Ethics is a philosophical discipline pertaining to notions of good and bad, right and wrong — our moral life in community. Bioethics is the application of ethics to the field of medicine and healthcare. Ethicists and bioethicists ask relevant questions more than provide sure and certain answers.

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IN MEMORY of Sarah (Liza) Rowland Townsend, JD, MSW

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Meatpacking plant workers prioritized for vaccines March 4, 2021 Featuring John Carney, CEO, and Terry Rosell ...

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The Coronavirus Is Pushing More People To Ponder If They’re Ready For Death

The Coronavirus Is Pushing More People To Ponder If They’re Ready For Death August 24, 2020 Featuring J ...

The Center for Practical Bioethics helps guide families and doctors during the pandemic

The Center for Practical Bioethics is helping guide families and doctors during the pandemic August 18, 2020 ...

Our Inability to Hear and Breathe Freely – A message from Our Board and Staff

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Erika Blacksher, PhD, Named Fourth John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics 

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Sunflower Foundation awards $200,000 grant to better understand elder abuse in Kansas

Sunflower Foundation awards $200,000 grant to better understand elder abuse in Kansas The Sunflower Foundatio ...

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Kansas Citians with Chronic Pain Take Their Plight Public

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CHRONIC PAIN: National Groups Call on HHS to Release the National Pain Strategy Report and Endorse Four Core Messages

CHRONIC PAIN: National Groups Call on HHS to Release the National Pain Strategy Report and Endorse Four Core Me ...

Death and dying: An emerging conversation

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Death and dying: Expanding palliative care

Death and dying: Expanding palliative care   KU Hospital, Topeka nonprofit lead efforts to promote patient ...

Expert hails Medicare proposal to reimburse end-of-life counseling

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Death and dying: Advocates seek state laws

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Truly the Best Business of the Year Award

Truly the Best Business of the Year Award   MetroCare wins the Lee’s Summit Chamber’s non-prof ...

Attorney General Supports Center’s Position on TPOPP

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Brittany Maynard’s Choice to End Her Life Raises Profound Questions

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5 Things to Know About Death and Dying Debates

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Myra Christopher Named to Starr Hall of Fame

Myra Christopher Named to Starr Hall of Fame Myra Christopher, the Center’s founding director and current Kat ...

You see a man in a kilt. You don’t see his searing pain.

You see a man in a kilt. You don’t see his searing pain. Ken agreed to share his story not merely to explai ...

Current Issues in Bioethics Lecture Series

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Nancy Cruzan’s Legacy: Open Talk About Death With Dignity

Nancy Cruzan’s Legacy: Open Talk About Death With Dignity   Removal of her feeding tube 25 years ago end ...

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40% of Cancer Patients Didn’t Discuss Preferences   “Patients want their providers asking about their ...

Will a ‘vaccine passport’ be required to travel? As idea grows, travelers have mixed reactions

Will a ‘vaccine passport’ be required to travel? As idea grows, travelers have mixed reactions March 30, 20 ...

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2021

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2021 The pandemic brought America face-to-face with the impacts of disparities ...

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2021

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2021 The coronavirus pandemic has informed our collective conscience about w ...

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2020

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2020 From the mid-1980s when ventilators came into common use, the Center for ...

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2020

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2020 People don’t like to talk about politics, religion or money. To that ...

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2019

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2019 A 52-year old African American woman with chronic obstructive pulmonary d ...

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2019

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2019 Celebrating our 35th anniversary. View the Newsletter ...

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2018

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Art of the Wish

An Exhibition celebrating the wishes of elders and protecting the interests of those whose voices have not been heard or heeded.

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