With easier access to and declining costs of next-generation prenatal genetic testing, more expectant parents are able to learn about potential medical conditions and characteristics about their fetuses, raising ethical questions.
In February, the Hastings Center convened an international, interdisciplinary workgroup “Goals and Practices for Next-Generation Prenatal Testing” at the Open Society Foundation in New… more »
A 1980 newspaper article Lombardo read over breakfast when he was a graduate student at the University of Virginia led to the research for which he is best known. The article described two sisters that the Commonwealth of Virginia involuntarily sterilized in the 1920s. One of them was Carrie Buck, the subject of the… more »
The Center for Law, Health & Society faculty are well-regarded teachers and scholars, but they also seek to have an impact beyond the world of academia. A sampling of their activities over the last several months provides a glimpse at the ways in which faculty members bring their research and expertise to others.
Research on the history of birth control often focuses on Margaret Sanger, who tied birth control to eugenic ideas of “better babies” to achieve social acceptance and legalization. Lauren MacIvor Thompson (Ph.D. ’16), a historian of law, medicine and women’s rights, who joined the Center for Law, Health & Society as a visiting… more »
Paul A. Lombardo, Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law, was awarded a Regents’ Professorship, the highest academic appointment in the University System of Georgia. Lombardo joins the College of Law’s Bill Edmundson, Regents’ Professor of Law and Philosophy, as one of only two law professors in the system to receive the honor.
Paul Lombardo, Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law, is internationally known for his ability to bring a historical perspective to a variety of bioethics issues. This past summer, he brought that expertise to Europe and Canada for conferences on neuroscience and mental health and reproduction.
In July, Lombardo presented a paper examining the history of… more »
At the annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities in October, Paul Lombardo, Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law, was recognized by the organization’s president Felicia Cohn for completion of his three-year term as a member of the Board of Directors.
ASBH is an educational organization that fosters interdisciplinary and inter-professional exchange… more »
Matlock, the plain-spoken lawyer played by Andy Griffith on the eponymous TV show, worked out of the Flatiron Building on Peachtree Street. Depending on whom you talk to, he was based on noted north Georgia attorney Bobby Lee Cook. But the legacy Cook has created in downtown Atlanta is far from fictitious.
“Haunted Files: The Eugenics Records Office” opened last fall at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University. The exhibit was described by the New York Times as an office complete with original filing cabinets from the 1920s containing copies of “research” on families purported to have undesirable traits such as mental disability, sexual deviancy, criminal… more »
Thirty-five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Parham v. J.R. that parents ultimately have the right to make decisions for their children in areas concerning health, education and family life. The case involved institutionalized children in Georgia. On September 30, the Center for Law, Health & Society at Georgia State… more »