Anti-Racist Bioethics

     The woke obsession of “Anti-Racism” is further infesting the medical field, with woke “bioethicists” now demanding that “anti-racism” should not only be a component of medical decisions, but made a priority. An article in The Handings Center Report entitled “Antiracist Activism in Clinical Ethics: What’s Stopping Us?” declared that it must be a central principle; from the abstract:

“Although justice is a central principle in clinical ethics, work that centers social justice is often marginalized in clinical ethics. In addition to institutional barriers that may be preventing clinical ethicists from becoming the activists that Meyers argues we should be, we must also recognize the barriers embedded in the field of clinical ethics itself. As clinical ethicists, we have an opportunity to support anti-racism work in particular by altering our own organizational structures to be more inclusive and reflective of the Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color we serve, enhancing clinical ethics education and training by making critical theories foundational, and decolonizing our clinical ethics consultation tools and practices.”

     Considering that this includes a belief that “the only remedy for past discrimination is present discrimination, and the only remedy to present discrimination, is future discrimination”, then it becomes clear that denying healthcare based on race might be the best case result.

     The article goes on to say:

“Clinical ethics programs should also endeavor to make undergraduate and graduate students of color more aware of and welcome in their courses. Clinical ethics education should include critical race theory and other critical theories as foundational, rather than marginal, in bioethics training programs. This means that introductory courses should ground learners in critical theories, such as critical race theory, as much as in principlism and the field’s other traditional theoretical approaches. Moreover, entire courses in the curriculum should be devoted to critical theory frameworks that attend to power and oppression.


“Clinical ethics services should ensure adequate skill development related to interrupting bias and decolonizing different tools or practices, such as chart note formats. For example, in the four-box method, it is common practice to place racism concerns in the last box, labeled ‘contextual features.’ Instead, acknowledging the pervasiveness of racism throughout a patient’s health care experience within each of the four boxes, the others of which are labeled ‘medical indications,’ ‘patient preferences,’ and ‘quality of life,’ can allow clinical ethicists to identify and highlight areas of potential power imbalances, biases, and institutional practices that may be discriminatory.”

     This threatens everyone’s health by prioritizing the “threat” of racism over irrelevent things like dying of cancer or having a heart attack. But when idology trumps all, people suffer.

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