Public Opinion

Publication Title: 
Rejuvenation Research

There are a number of ethical, social, and personal implications generated by the potential development and use of technologies that may extend human longevity by intervening in aging. Despite speculations about likely public attitudes toward life extension, to date there have been few attempts to empirically examine the public's perspective of these issues. Using open-ended survey questions via telephone interviews, this study explored the attitudes of 605 members of the Australian public toward the implications of life extension.

Author(s): 
Partridge, Brad
Lucke, Jayne
Bartlett, Helen
Hall, Wayne
Publication Title: 
Health Education Quarterly

Since the release of the Surgeon General's report, Healthy People, the general public has been barraged with health information and advice by the popular media. Accordingly, this article introduces a method for examining the public's beliefs about the importance of behavioral risk factors associated with health and longevity. The factorial survey approach--a technique appropriate for studying normative beliefs--seems uniquely suited to measuring the degree of public consensus regarding complex social phenomena.

Author(s): 
Love, M. B.
Thurman, Q.
Publication Title: 
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Author(s): 
Martin, George M.
LaMarco, Kelly
Strauss, Evelyn
L Kelner, Katrina
Publication Title: 
Conscience (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): 
Catholics for a Free Choice
Publication Title: 
Conscience (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): 
Kennedy, K. R.
Publication Title: 
E (Norwalk, Conn.)
Author(s): 
Sawicki, S.
Publication Title: 
Salud Publica De Mexico

OBJECTIVE: In the last decade, important advances were made in the struggle for reproductive rights in Mexico. The goal of this study was to discover the opinions of decision-makers about the grounds for legal abortion as well as to explore their perceptions about further liberalization of abortion laws countrywide. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted with eight prominent decision-makers working in governmental health, law and social institutions as well as representatives of political parties.

Author(s): 
van Dijk, Marieke G.
Lara, Diana
GarcÌa, Sandra G.
Publication Title: 
BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

OBJECTIVES: To examine the impact of a system of presumed consent for organ donation on donation rates and to review data on attitudes towards presumed consent. DESIGN: Systematic review. DATA SOURCES: Studies retrieved by online searches to January 2008 of Medline, Medline In-Process, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO, HMIC, PAIS International, and OpenSIGLE.

Author(s): 
Rithalia, Amber
McDaid, Catriona
Suekarran, Sara
Myers, Lindsey
Sowden, Amanda
Publication Title: 
Salud Publica De Mexico

OBJECTIVE: We aim to assess the opinions of Mexicans in the state of Tlaxcala on abortion and other topics concerning women's reproductive health and status in society. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We summarize opinions on abortion and women's roles in society and perform logit regressions to assess characteristics correlated with support for abortion rights.

Author(s): 
Palermo, Tia M.
Wilson, Kate S.
GarcÌa, Sandra G.
DÌaz-Olavarrieta, Claudia
Publication Title: 
Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

BACKGROUND: Two qualitative studies have been conducted between 2002 and 2009 in Poland and Brazil, two different geopolitical settings in which the Catholic Church has had a significant political influence and where abortion is highly restricted. In both countries, struggles for abortion rights have played an important role in challenging the current restrictive policies and bringing attention to the plight of women unable to obtain abortions. This article examines the political role that physicians play in these contestations, drawing on some findings of two larger qualitative studies.

Author(s): 
De Zordo, Silvia
Mishtal, Joanna

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