Prof. John A. Robertson Esq.
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."
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.http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2007/07/01/why_cant_you_buy_a_kidney_to_save_your_life?rss_id=Boston+Globe+--+Ideas+Section
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.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/12/AR2005111200958.html
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.http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/news/columnists/william_douglas/11195263.htm
Role Name Type Last 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 Fairness.com 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.
Knight-Ridder 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..."
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