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Legal scholar to discuss ethics in religion, children’s health care

The Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute will host Canadian medical bioethicist Juliet Guichon for a lecture on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. in Room 175 of the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Guichon’s seminar, “When Religion and Children’s Health Care Collide: Ethics and Options,” will explore two recent cases in Canada where sexism and the reluctance to criticize religion may work against the best interests of children and will address possible policy solutions. These events, touching upon blood transfusions and HPV vaccinations, have illustrated what can happen when religious beliefs, the Hippocratic Oath and secular law intersect over health issues involving minors.  

Guichon is an assistant professor of community health sciences in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine. Her scholarship explores human vulnerability at the intersection of law, health care, ethics, religion and journalism.