Being Human & Medical Decision-Making in the 21st Century
The greater the medical advances, the tougher the choices we are forced to make. This series of speeches addresses some of the key issues from a legal, social and ethical vantage point. This is an excellent speech and can be a keynote at any conference as it is a “think piece” which can be modified slightly to fit most groups. McTeer’s presentations explore the future of the human race in relation to advances in science and technology. She points out the ethical questions that arise as science forges ahead.
Tough Choices: Keeping Control at the End of Life
As a lawyer, university lecturer and health law expert, Maureen McTeer has researched the issues surrounding the end of life. She has advised many people about how best to keep control of their medical and personal decision-making at the end of their life. In clear and concise language, often using examples and case scenarios from existing case law, she highlights the interaction between law, professional responsibility and human emotion, stimulating informed public discussion and debate in her audiences.
Using plain language, McTeer provides an educated viewpoint on genetic research and encourages audiences to participate in the discussions that are arising as genetic technology plays an increasingly greater role in society. Addressing issues like should the deaf be able to use genetic testing to ensure their children are deaf and not hearing? What are the issues here? Is this discrimination in reverse? What are the children’s interests here? Are there lessons we can learn here from other cases – say the Jehovah Witnesses and their refusal of medical treatments for their children.
Women’s Health and Human Rights
Discussing women’s health in the context of sustainable development policies and enlarge on this to discuss the advent of micro-credit as a financial engine to harness the innovative and entrepreneurial capacity of women in the developing world. The ambiguity of Canadians towards defending “family values” and paying to help the infertile or sterile have genetically related offspring is startling. Is it just about religious intolerance or is it about money and the health care system?
Beyond the Keynote