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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Monday, February 14, 2005

Bioethics Issues in the Movies

I don't know if you are planning to use some of the issues potrayed in Million Dollar Baby in your health law or bioethics classes.  If you plan to, you should read this editorial by Professor Susan M. Wolf.  A spoiler alert applies to this editorial if you haven't seen the movie and still want to without learning the shocking surprise that it contains.  Professor Wolf provides an excellent (and clarifying) response to those who claim that Million Dollar Baby has a political agenda and is asserting it bluntly.  She points out correctly that the practice that occurs in the movie is not legal anywhere and unlikely to be anytime soon.   She also points out the ways in which responsible individuals could have changed the ending through counseling and other means. I plan to talk to my class about the topic in mid-March when hopefully most of them will have seen the movie.  I highly recommend her editorial.  [bm]

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