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Ben Almassi is an assistant professor of philosophy at the College of Lake County, in Grayslake, Illinois, and would welcome questions and commentary at

Frances Batzer is clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, division of reproductive endocrinology, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility, she completed a master's degree in bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Amanda K. Booher is an assistant professor in the technical communication and rhetoric program in the English Department of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Carolyn Ells is an associate professor of medicine and member of the biomedical ethics unit at McGill University; clinical ethicist at the Jewish General Hospital; and associate researcher at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research; all in Montreal, Canada. Her research addresses autonomy and chronic impairment, culture and the therapeutic relationship, research ethics review, and feminist ethical theory.

Ute Kalender is a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology, and Society (IAS-STS) in Graz, Austria. She was an associate postdoctoral researcher at the Berlin Graduate School, studying "Gender as a Category of [End Page 181] Knowledge." Kalender's cultural scientific Ph.D. was on notions of the body in German bioethical discourses on stem-cell research, and her key interests are queer-crip and feminist disability studies and gender and science approaches.

Eva Feder Kittay is distinguished professor of philosophy at Stony Brook University. Among her most recent major publications are "On the Margins of Moral Personhood" (Ethics, October 2005), Blackwell Studies in Feminist Philosophy (with Linda Alcoff; 2006), and Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy (with Licia Carlson; 2010). She has written scores of articles in the philosophy of language, feminist philosophy, and cognitive disability, and is at work on a book, tentatively titled "A Quest for a Humbler Philosophy: Thinking about Disabled Minds and Things that Matter," which explores challenges posed by cognitive disabilities to philosophy and ethics. She is the mother of two children, one of whom has significant cognitive impairments.

Helen Meekosha is associate professor in the School of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. She has written and spoken extensively, from a feminist and a disability perspective, on gender issues, citizenship, human rights, social movements, the media and the body, and the production of impairment in the global South. Active in the disability movement for 30 years, she has been involved with "Women with Disabilities Australia" since it inception and as president in 2001 accepted the Australian Human Rights Award.

Jackie Leach Scully is reader in social ethics and bioethics, and director of research at the Policy, Ethics, and Life Sciences Research Centre, both at Newcastle University, UK. Her research interests include disability in bioethics, moral imagination, feminist bioethics, and public engagement in bioethics deliberation.

Teresa M. Segal is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at York University, Toronto, finishing her dissertation on the Ethics of Autism. She is examining the social construction of autism, the resulting legal ramifications of this construction, and the implications of locating the source of autism in genetics with regard to reproductive technology. Her research interests include bioethics, ethics of reproductive technology, philosophy of law, and feminist philosophy. [End Page 182]

Kavita Shah is an obstetrics and gynecology resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. She earned her master's degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania and serves on ethics committees for the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Rosemarie Tong is distinguished professor of health care ethics in the department of philosophy and director of the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her most recent book is the third, much-expanded edition of Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction (2009). She is an executive board member of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), and serves on the advisory board of the International Network of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics.

Margaret P. Wardlaw is an M.D.-Ph.D. student at...


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