Bioethics and Turkey: Crossroads and challenges

Semin S., ARAS Ş.

Politics and the Life Sciences, vol.26, no.1, pp.2-9, 2007 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.2990/26_1_2
  • Journal Name: Politics and the Life Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2-9
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Despite extraordinary improvements in medicine, health care worldwide continues to exhibit indefensible contradictions and extreme inequalities. "Health-for-all" campaigns, and development programs targeting welfare and social security have addressed these problems with limited success, but bioethicists, who by this point in the globalization era might have been expected to be addressing these problems urgently and persistently, have had little to say. We ask if bioethics, stalled at a crossroads, is prepared to alter course. We review the bioethics experience in Turkey as a case study, considering especially globalization and Turkey's application to join the European Union.