Clinical Ethics

I have a body of work that engages with issues in clinical ethics that I have encountered while offering support and training in clinical contexts. These projects have taken a variety of forms and topics, and have included an argument against the practice of performing educational pelvic exams on women under anesthetic who have not consented (which has contributed to more than 8 states putting forward legislation in order to require specific consent for these exams), a critical discussion of the role of personal responsibility in decisions related to resource allocation in health care, and an investigation of the push away from using the term ‘medically assisted suicide’. I have also worked collaboratively on projects related to ethical issues in gender affirming care for youth, requests for re-infibulation in cases of female genital cutting, and the attitudes of health care practitioners in New York State regarding medical aid in dying.

Representative Papers:

Recent/ Forthcoming Papers: 

  • Friesen, P. (2019) Distancing Medically Assisted Dying from Suicide: Is It Justified? The Hastings Center Report.

  • Graham, M., Friesen, P. (2019). More Harm Than Good: Neurotechnological Thought Apprehension in Forensic Psychiatry. AJOB Neuroscience, 8(2), 116-117. (open peer commentary)

  • Friesen, P., Persaud, R. D., Wilson, R. F. (2019) Legislative Alert: The Ban on Unauthorized Pelvic Exams. New York State Bar Association Health Law Journal.

Recent/ Upcoming Talks:

  • “Educational Pelvic Exams on Anesthetized Women: Why Consent Matters” (June 2019) at the 42nd Annual Health Law Professors Conference of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME), Chicago (within a panel “Rethinking the Meaning of Informed Consent in the #MeToo Era” with Kreis, A., Goedken, J.) 


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