Vol 14, Iss 3 – July 2022

We are proud to present our July 2022 issue, the third issue of this year’s volume 14, with papers on bioethics and Islam, transplantation ethics, reproductive ethics, and COVID-19 vaccination.

The importance of seeking out, and seeking to understand, diverse perspectives in bioethics is the common theme uniting the papers in this July 2002 issue of the Asian Bioethics Review. Our first three papers demonstrate how a commitment to Islamic principles and values brings insights into very different fields of bioethics; being neuroethics (Noorfuad), the reproductive health and choices of adolescents (Akrami et al.), and the appropriateness of incentive measures in organ donation in a Muslim-majority country (Siraj).

And while organ donation debates have raged for decades, we also examine new arguments about the defensibility of mandated choice to address the globally stubborn problem of organ shortage (Symons and Poulden). Returning to reproductive ethics from another perspective, our penultimate paper examines feminist arguments about the acceptability (or otherwise) of altruistic surrogacy practices in the light of the recent Surrogacy (Regulation) Act 2021 in India. This law now makes such practices the only lawful basis for a surrogacy arrangement on the sub-continent (Nisha). Finally, to continue the interdisciplinary contributions of this journal to tackling the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, our last paper (Nakada et al.) examines public attitudes in Japan towards vaccination, deploying robust social science methods of public engagement to reveal new insights into public values, perspectives and concerns regarding one of the biggest ethical issues of our times.  

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Editorial – Free Access
Values, Principles, Perspectives and Attitudes in Bioethics
Graeme T. Laurie
July 2022 – 14(3): – doi: 10.1007/s41649-022-00209-2

Student Article – Open Access
Mapping out the Trajectory of Islamic Perspectives on Neuroethics
Noorina Noorfuad
July 2022 – 14(3): – doi: 10.1007/s41649-022-00203-8

Original Article – Free2Read
An Islamic Bioethics Framework to Justify the At-risk Adolescents’ Regulations on Access to Key Reproductive Health Services
Forouzan Akrami, Alireza Zali, and Mahmoud Abbasi
July 2022 – 14(3): – doi: 10.1007/s41649-021-00200-3
Free Access from 1 July 2023 via PMC9250575

Perspective Article – Free2Read
Ethical Analysis on Appropriate Incentive Measures to Promote Organ Donation in Bangladesh
Md. Sanwar Siraj
July 2022 – 14(3): – doi: 10.1007/s41649-022-00208-3
Free Access from 1 July 2023 via PMC9250557

Original Article – Open Access
An Ethical Defence of a Mandated Choice Consent Procedure for Deceased Organ Donation
Xavier Symons, and Billy Poulden
July 2022 – 14(3): – doi: 10.1007/s41649-022-00206-5

Original Article – Free2Read
Negotiating “Surrogate Mothering” and Women’s Freedom
Zairu Nisha
July 2022 – 14(3): – doi: 10.1007/s41649-022-00205-6
Free Access from 1 July 2023 via PMC9250556

Original Article – Free Access
Public attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccinations before dawn in Japan: ethics and future Perspectives
Haruka Nakada, Kyoko Takashima, Yuichi Maru, Tsunakuni Ikka, Koichiro Yuji, Sachie Yoshida, and Kenji Matsui
July 2022 – 14(3): – doi: 10.1007/s41649-022-00207-4

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