Reproduction, Disability, Healthcare

The study of ethical issues in biotechnology and health care has been a primary focus of Center activities, scholarship and public service. Dr. Adrienne Asch served on The New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, the Hastings Center committee on Guidelines for End of Life Care and several other boards and committees on bioethics and public policy. She taught courses in reproductive ethics, policy and law at Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and was also on the core faculty of the Montefiore/Einstein Certificate Program in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities. David Wasserman has also served on committees and panels addressing issues in bioethics and public policy organized by the Hastings Center and by the Department of Homeland Security. He teaches in the Einstein bioethics program for first and second year students. Dr. Asch and Wasserman have published extensively in leading journals of bioethics and applied ethics, as well as in several anthologies and encyclopedias.

The Center has sponsored and taken part in numerous talks and panels on bioethics. Its second Scholar-in-Residence, Lady Onora O'Neill, gave public lectures and faculty seminars on the future of bioethics, informed consent and well-being; she also held informal discussions on these and other topics with students and faculty at several YU campuses. Additionally, the Center organized a Bioethics Breakfast Series for YU alumni, at which leading rabbinic and academic scholars from the University spoke about Jewish themes in bioethics.