Françoise Baylis

Françoise Baylis

Canada Research Chair, bioethics and philosophy, Dalhousie University.
Dr. Baylis is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in bioethics and philosophy at Dalhousie University. She has a long-standing interest in issues of identity, community and justice, and has published extensively on ethical issues relevant to women's reproductive health, research involving humans (including embryo research, stem cell research and cloning research), and novel technologies. Recent publications on these and related topics appear in The Hastings Center Report, Journal of Medical Ethics, Bioethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Public Health Ethics, Social Science in Medicine, and the Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics. She is also the author of Health Care Ethics in Canada now in its 3rd edition. Professor Baylis is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She is recognized in Who's Who in Black Canada and in Canadian Who's Who.
Latest contributions by Françoise Baylis

Oocyte Donation-Aged Parents

In March 2013, the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine updated its guidelines on oocyte donation to postmenopausal women – women with premature ovarian failure and women of post-reproductive age. The new guidelines stipulate that: “some women over the age of 50, particularly in the age range of 50-54, who are healthy and well-prepared for parenting, are candidates to receive donated eggs.”

Who’s Paying for IVF?

This week, two stories on the front page of the National Post are relevant to the ongoing discussion about public funding of IVF…

A Mixed Bag Budget

We can bemoan changes coming to the way scientific research will be funded, but shutting down Assisted Human Reproduction Canada was the right move.

Knowledge: The Best Return on Investment

On the perils of the trickle-down economics philosophy now driving Canada’s scientific-funding model.

Where Research Ethics Meet Profit Margins

A biotechnology company’s decision to end an experimental stem-cell study for business considerations raises important ethical questions.

Win a Baby, Lose Your Morals

Base, degrading, and morally offensive? An Ontario radio station defies critics and launches a fertility-treatment giveaway contest.

A Victory for the Right to Know

The B.C. Supreme Court’s striking down of anonymous sperm donations changes the game.

The Forgotten Rights of Donor Offspring

Like adopted children, those conceived through a donor should have a legal right to access personal information about their biological parents.

An Unnecessary Risk

When a clinical trial excludes pregnant women, we have no idea how the drug or vaccine will affect their fetuses.

An Intractable Conflict of Interest

If the Canadian Institutes of Health Research exists to promote the public interest, why has a VP at Pfizer been named to its governing body?