By Wesley J. Smith Euthanasia is always in the news these days, alas. Portugal’s Parliament legalized lethal injection euthanasia recently. But the country’s president sent it to the Constitutional Court for review. The Court turned thumbs down. From the AP story: Portugal’s Constitutional Court on Monday blocked a law passed by parliament introducing euthanasia and physician-assisted …Continue reading "Portugal Court Nixes Euthanasia, New Mexico Legislature Passes Assisted Suicide"
By Wesley J. Smith I could have predicted this. In fact, I did. Repeatedly. During the Great Stem Cell debate, “the scientists” said they “only” wanted to be able to create and experiment on embryos up to 14 days of development, when cells begin to differentiate. Of course, at the time they couldn’t maintain them …Continue reading "Scientists Believe in No Limits on Embryo Research"
By Wesley J. Smith Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide: How It Starts: It’s just a safety valve, a tiny change in medical ethics and the law. Protective guidelines will protect against abuse! Where It Is Now: There are too many obstacles to death! We have to make it easier to die! Where It’s Going: Death on demand for …Continue reading "Canada Poised to Legalize Euthanasia for Disabled and Mentally Ill"
By Wesley J. Smith Organ donation is purely voluntary in this country; that is, the donor or family have to consent. This is known as an “opt-in” system. But with waiting lists growing, the push is on for the law to presume consent to organ harvesting; that is, unless one explicitly “opts out” of being a …Continue reading "Nevada Legislation to Presume Consent for Organ Donation"
By Wesley J. Smith As I have warned here before, euthanasia activists are pushing for laws that permit people to write advance directives ordering themselves starved to death if they become mentally incapacitated. That effort is apparently gaining steam. The assisted suicide supporting organization Final Exit Network published a poll that supposedly found only 15 percent of …Continue reading "Activists Want to Force Caregivers to Starve Dementia Patients to Death"
By Right to Life UK In Wales, it has been reported that official data shows that there has been a 100 per cent increase in ambulance call-outs to people taking abortion pills at home since regulations permitting medical abortion outside of a clinical setting came into effect last year. At the start of the COVID-19 …Continue reading "Wales: 100% increase in ambulance call-outs for women taking ‘DIY’ abortion pills at home"
By Wesley J. Smith The media love to boost assisted suicide. They laud people who commit it — witness their swoon over the late Brittany Maynard — and the doctors who are willing to lethally prescribe or give lethal injections. Now, The Atlantic goes there bigly, describing the experiences of two California doctors who assist suicides. But I want to …Continue reading "The Atlantic Boosts Assisted-Suicide Doctors, Pushes Euthanasia"
By Wesley J. Smith Euthanasia homicide is conjoined with organ harvesting in at least three countries — Canada, the Netherlands, and Belgium. In the latter two, the donors who are killed are sometimes mentally ill, not physically sick. Or, they might be disabled. A letter from a doctor involved in the Dutch kill-and-harvest procedures was published …Continue reading "Dutch MD Describes Euthanasia and Organ Harvesting"
By Wesley J. Smith Forty-eight Senate Democrats and independents recently filibustered the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that would legally require that babies who survive abortion be treated as any other infant of the same gestational maturity. Reacting to the federal blockade, some red states are passing their own born-alive laws. South Dakota’s was just signed into …Continue reading "Why Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Laws Are Needed"
By Wesley J. Smith Entry into medical and associated professional schools may soon depend on possessing the proper moral views as well as good grades. Say you’re a brilliant student who dreams of becoming an oncologist and saving thousands of lives from cancer. In the not too distant future, if some bioethicists have their way, …Continue reading "The Utilitarian Ethic at work: Bioethicist Wants to Morally Cleanse Medical Schools"
By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. Mencap describes itself as “the leading voice of learning disability.” Oh, the joys of centralized health care. Apparently, the NHS has engaged in a bigoted DNR regime for COVID patients with developmental disabilities. From the Guardian story: People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of …Continue reading "U.K. Forced Do Not Resuscitate Orders on COVID Patients with Developmental Disabilities"
By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This reposted column from a year ago, unfortunately, paints an unchanged, dismal picture of all but two Senate Democrats today. Support for unlimited abortion has bled over from up to and including birth to after a baby survives an abortion–once famously described as “After Birth Abortion.” The Senate is planning …Continue reading "From Supporting Abortion to Not Opposing Infanticide"