I am Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Affiliate Member of the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.
My philosophical interests lie in the areas of health care ethics, feminist philosophy, and moral philosophy. I have had a long-standing interest in reproductive ethics, beginning with my book, Self-Trust and Reproductive Autonomy (MIT Press, 2002). I have published on various topics in this area, including the commodification of women’s reproductive labour and conscientious refusals by health care professionals to provide reproductive health services such as abortions. Recently, my knowledge of the ethics of having children has broadened to include issues that concern adoption.
Within moral theory, I have published on the nature of moral concepts such as trust, autonomy, integrity, objectification, and conscience. For more information about my research, please see either the relevant links in the menu bar above or my CV.
I am past Co-Coordinator of fab, the International Network on feminist approaches to bioethics, and one of the founders and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, or IJFAB.
In terms of community work, I have been involved in policy-making and public debate in Ontario about the right of health care professionals to make conscientious objections, public funding for in vitro fertilization, and improvements to our adoption systems. Click on “Links” for my recent written contributions to public debate on these topics. Most of my work on adoption occurs in my capacity as Chair of the Board of Directors for Adopt4life: Ontario’s Adoptive Parents Association. To read about our recently launched Parent2Parent Support Network in Ontario, click here and here.