Post Tagged with: "consent"

159: Does Not Voting Indicate Consent for the Status Quo?

159: Does Not Voting Indicate Consent for the Status Quo?

If there is such a thing as a civic religion, then voting might well be considered its high sacrament. We’ve all heard people say, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.” But what should we make of those who say, “Not voting means you’ve consented to the status quo”? With another highly polarizing election cycle dead ahead, now is a good time to sort out what our vote represents and how consent plays into the way we choose to vote—or not vote.   Links mentioned: Lessons from a Lemonade Stand: An Unconventional Guide to Government by Connor […]
July 22, 2019
144: Robin Fretwell Wilson on Informed Consent During Pelvic Examinations

144: Robin Fretwell Wilson on Informed Consent During Pelvic Examinations

Medical procedures often produce certain ethical concerns and the occasional dilemma. One of those is when pelvic examinations are conducted on unconscious women. The physical risks may be secondary to the emotional damage that can result when a woman realizes that her reproductive organs have been examined while she was under anesthesia for another procedure. Connor visits with Robin Fretwell Wilson from the University of Illinois College of Law about recent legislative efforts to protect the patient’s right to informed consent.   Links mentioned: States Seek Explicit Patient Consent for Pelvic Exams by the Associated Press The ethics of pelvic […]
May 24, 2019
142: Jessica Flanigan on Pharmaceutical Freedom, Why You Should be Able to Get the Drugs You Need

142: Jessica Flanigan on Pharmaceutical Freedom, Why You Should be Able to Get the Drugs You Need

There are many areas of our lives where regulation can be more of a hindrance than a blessing. Nowhere is this more true than when patients who want or need a particular medication find themselves stymied by excessive regulation. Do you understand your rights when it comes to self-medication or informed consent? Connor visits with Jessica Flanigan about medical paternalism and what we can do about exercising our individual rights as they pertain to our health.   Links mentioned: Pharmaceutical Freedom: Why Patients Have a Right to Self Medicate by Jessica Flanigan
May 13, 2019
71: What Is an Appropriate Age of Consent?

71: What Is an Appropriate Age of Consent?

Pinning down an appropriate age of consent isn’t as easy as simply picking an arbitrary number and sticking with it. It’s not uncommon to know some 16 year olds who behave more responsibly than some 35 year olds. So how can a society find the age where a person may be considered responsible for his or her own actions and no longer be treated as a child? Is age the best metric by which to measure this responsibility?   
April 12, 2018
18: When Did You Sign the Social Contract?

18: When Did You Sign the Social Contract?

Of all the relationships in our lives, our relationship with the state is easily the most confusing. For instance, you’ll often hear people speak of the “social contract” when they’re insisting that you do something you may not want to do. What exactly is that “contact”? Where can we read it? More importantly, when did we sign it? Connor and Bryan examine these questions and associated topics like the importance of consent and what constitutes legitimate authority.
August 16, 2017