‘Futile Care’ Attempt to Force Covid Patient Off Life Support

 By Wesley J. Smith  “Futile care” is a pronounced threat to patient autonomy and the equality of all human life. This is the idea. When doctors think that the quality of a patient’s life is not worth living — but the patient, family, or surrogate want care to continue — doctors can overrule patients and …

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Prenatal Search-and-Destroy Genetic Tests Often Wrong

By Wesley J. Smith  Eugenics is alive and well with prenatal testing deployed to detect conditions — such as Down syndrome and dwarfism — toward the frequent end (and often, purpose) of ensuring that offending babies are never born. Iceland, thus, brags that almost no Down children make it to birth. What a tragedy for the babies, parents, …

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Assisted-Suicide Mendacity: Today’s ‘Strict Protections’ Become Tomorrow’s Unjust ‘Barriers’

By Wesley J. Smith  When assisted-suicide mongers promise strict guidelines to protect against abuse, rest assured, it’s nothing but a con. It won’t take long before these same advocates denigrate the very “protections” they promoted as “barriers” or “obstacles” to a good death. Assisted-suicide-movement camp followers in the media eagerly promote the new message without …

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Why Bioethics Should “Fail”

By Wesley J. Smith Julian Savulescu represents all that I find so objectionable about the mainstream bioethics movement. Rejecting the sanctity/equality of human life, utilitarian in outlook, embracing a eugenics point-of-view, the Oxford professor–what does that tell you?–would lead society in a way opposed by most of the very people bioethics claims to serve. Savulescu …

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Austria Legalizes Assisted Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith  A high court in Austria ruled late last year that the rights to self-determination and a “dignified death” encompass the right to commit suicide and receive assistance. Now, the parliament has legalized prescribing poison to terminally ill and disabled people starting next year. From the Deutsche Welle story: The Assisted Suicide …

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Bioethicists Okay Human Extinction to Eliminate Suffering

By Wesley J. Smith  These days, anti-humanism is as thick as molasses among the intelligentsia. That includes an ongoing conversation in bioethics whether — all things considered — human extinction would be a fine thing because of the suffering that never coming into existence would avoid. Example: A few months ago, Oxford professor Roger Crisp …

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Portugal Parliament Approves Euthanasia of Disabled Patients

By Wesley J. Smith This time, it is explicitly open season on people with disabilities who ask to die. From the AP story: The new version, approved in a 138-84 vote with five abstentions, has a much fuller description. It refers to a “serious injury, definitive and amply disabling, which makes a person dependent on others or …

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Assisted-Suicide Mendacity: Today’s ‘Strict Protections’ Become Tomorrow’s Unjust ‘Barriers’

By Wesley J. Smith When assisted-suicide mongers promise strict guidelines to protect against abuse, rest assured, it’s nothing but a con. It won’t take long before these same advocates denigrate the very “protections” they promoted as “barriers” or “obstacles” to a good death. Assisted-suicide-movement camp followers in the media eagerly promote the new message without a mention that …

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Canada Pioneers One-Stop Euthanasia/Mortuary Centers

By Wesley J. Smith Talk about efficiency. Some enterprising Canadian funeral homes are offering their, er, customers, the option of one-stop death and mortuary services, renting out a room in which to be killed and then quickly prepared for final disposition. From the CBC story (first brought to my attention by Bioedge): Wanting to meet …

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Anti-Conscience Mandates Force Doctors to Violate Their Religious Beliefs

By Wesley J. Smith Coercion is becoming ubiquitous in medicine. Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists who oppose morally contentions medical procedures are increasingly being forced to choose between remaining in their professions and violating their deepest-held religious beliefs. Take the new “Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill of 2021” just passed in Queensland, Australia. The law authorizes doctors …

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