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Discussions in Bioethics: Family Tree ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB523634
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Wolf Koenig, Andy Thomson
Directors:  Norma Bailey
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Abuse, Civics, Family Studies/Home Economics, Fiction, Health and Medicine, Health and Medicine, Religious Studies, Violence, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1985
Running Time:  14m 18s


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One of a series of short, open-ended dramas designed to stimulate discussion of values and ethics in relation to modern medical technology. This film examines the moral questions surrounding the issue of compulsory sterilization. When a child-beater and single mother of three is admitted to hospital in need of abdominal surgery, the surgeon is sorely tempted to perform a tubal ligation without the patient's consent, thus preventing the birth of 'new victims.'

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