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Prof. John A. Robertson Esq.

Self Description

November 2005: "JD 1968, Harvard
AB 1964, Dartmouth

John A. Robertson holds the Vinson and Elkins Chair at The University of Texas School of Law at Austin. He has written and lectured widely on law and bioethical issues. He is the author of two books in bioethics – The Rights of the Critically Ill (1983) and Children of Choice: Freedom and the New Reproductive Technologies (1994), and numerous articles on reproductive rights, genetics, organ transplantation, and human experimentation. He has served on or been a consultant to many national bioethics advisory bodies, and is currently Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine."

Third-Party Descriptions

July 2007: "interest in the notion of medical self-defense has been building in legal circles for some time....John A. Robertson, a law professor at the University of Texas, and Yvonne Cripps, a bioethics specialist at the Indiana University School of Law, published articles linking the right to unapproved drugs -- and the fruits of stem-cell research -- to legal precedents involving self-defense and personal autonomy. Robertson also raised the question of whether there is a self-defense-derived right to medical marijuana.

November 2005: 'The overall issue is the importance of some offspring of donors to learn about their biologic parentage, which is a strong impulse in some children and needs to be taken seriously, with ways to accommodate that that are respectful of the privacy of the donors,' said John A. Robertson of the University of Texas School of Law.

March 2005: "The Texas law signed in 1999 allowed next of kin to decide what the patient wanted, if competent," said John Robertson, a University of Texas bioethicist.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Student/Trainee (past or present) Dartmouth College Organization Nov 13, 2005
Student/Trainee (past or present) Harvard University Organization Nov 13, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) University of Texas - Austin Organization Nov 13, 2005

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Jul 01, 2007 Why can't you buy a kidney to save your life? A growing legal movement to recognize a new fundamental right -- 'medical self-defense' -- could bring jarring social changes

QUOTE: There is a growing push in medical, legislative, and legal circles -- both liberal and conservative -- to recognize an expansive new right that some are describing as "medical self-defense." .... A potential landmark case ... could make access to unapproved drugs a full-blown constitutional right.

Boston Globe
Nov 13, 2005 Found on the Web, With DNA: a Boy's Father

QUOTE: "No one knew you could get a DNA test and find your donor." While welcomed by advocates of children trying to locate anonymous donors, the case -- apparently the first of its kind -- has raised alarm among sperm banks and some medical ethicists. They are concerned it might start a trend that could violate the privacy of thousands of sperm donors and discourage future ones.

Washington Post
Mar 21, 2005 Law Bush signed as Texas governor prompts cries of hypocrisy

QUOTE: The federal law that President Bush signed early Monday in an effort to prolong Terri Schiavo's life appears to contradict a right-to-die law that he signed as Texas governor, prompting cries of hypocrisy from congressional Democrats and some bioethicists.

Mar 27, 2003 Baby case tests rights of parents

QUOTE: "She was not born handicapped. She was handicapped as a result of the treatment alternatives that were prescribed over our express objections..."

Christian Science Monitor