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Mildred Solomon on Disability Rights and Bioethics (The Hastings Center)

Posted: March 26, 2021

Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon discussed disability rights and bioethics, including Covid-related issues, during an interview on “Included: The Disability Equity Podcast.” She began by explaining The Hastings Center’s longstanding work on ethical issues concerning people with disabilities, a commitment that stretches back more than 50 years. She went on to address concerns that crisis triage protocols aimed at allocating scarce health care resources to save the most lives could be biased against people with disabilities. She said that triage protocols can both save lives and protect core values, such as the equal moral worth of all people. She also stressed ethical imperatives to prioritize people with disabilities for Covid vaccination and to work out the logistics of doing so, including arranging transportation to help people get to vaccination centers. Listen to the podcast episode here. Also, read “Covid-19 Crisis Triage—Optimizing Health Outcomes and Disability Rights” by Solomon and Hastings Center fellows Matthew K. Wynia and Lawrence O. Gostin in the New England Journal of Medicine. And learn about “The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability,” The Hastings Center’s events series supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.