By Wesley J. Smith Back in 2004, the university-biotech complex and its camp followers in the media and Hollywood convinced California voters to borrow $3 Billion to establish the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Its purpose was to pay for embryonic stem-cell and human-cloning research over which the federal-government imposed funding restrictions. The campaign …Continue reading "Will California Voters Be Stem-Cell Suckered Again?"
By Wesley J. Smith The media abandoned unequivocal opposition to suicide long ago. Most publications editorially support legalizing assisted suicide, and the news sides — such as the New York Times and the Associated Press — have even gone so far as to run stories lauding suicide/euthanasia “parties,” at which people celebrate the life of …Continue reading "The Washington Post Boosts Elderly ‘Rational Suicide’"
By Wesley J. Smith China has long been credibly accused of allowing a black market in organ sales, the kidneys, livers, etc. coming from murdered political prisoners such as the Falon Gong. Several years ago, China promised it would eliminate this dark harvest, but according to the China Tribunal — an independent investigative tribunal into …Continue reading "China Strip Mines Political Prisoners for Their Organs"
By Wesley J. Smith Canada has enthusiastically embraced euthanasia and all of its implications. For example, following the crassly utilitarianism of Belgium and the Netherlands, the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association has published guidelines — written by a “blue ribbon panel,” don’t you know! — to govern when organ donation follows death by lethal …Continue reading "Canada Embraces Euthanasia ‘Kill and Harvest’"
By Wesley J. Smith Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) just signed a bill legalizing assisted suicide. That means she is pro, at least some, suicides. But her statement justifying her signing goes even further, and in my view, crosses the line to full-bore pro-suicide advocacy. From the Courthouse News Service story: “It is not up …Continue reading "Maine Governor Comes out Pro-Suicide"
By Wesley J. Smith Here’s the myth constantly pushed: Social-conservative Republicans interfered with the intimate family decision making of devoted husband Michael Schiavo, who selflessly sought to obey the express wishes of his beloved Terri not to be kept alive if in a profoundly cognitively disabled state. That’s a profound distortion — to put it …Continue reading "The Left’s Continuing Lies about the Terri Schiavo Case"
By Wesley J. Smith As reported by Politico Europe, the original story was wrong (leading to a revision from me). Noa Pothoven was not lethally injected. She was allowed –and perhaps helped, if she received palliative care — to starve/dehydrate herself to death. She decided to kill herself after being refused electro-shock therapy, (according to …Continue reading "Dutch Teen Not Euthanized, Died by (Abetted) Self-Starvation"
By Wesley J. Smith Euthanasia advocates claim it is “compassion.” But it is really abandonment most foul. A teenager, who was raped by two men when she was 14, will never live to adulthood or overcome the severe depression the attack caused. Instead, she was euthanized as a “treatment” for her anorexia, and severe PTSD. …Continue reading "Teenager Euthanized for Post-Rape PTSD, Anorexia"
By Wesley J. Smith The focus on suicide prevention continues to erode. In Ozy — which bills itself as being about “fresh stories and bold ideas”— self-described “reporter” Molly Fosco applauds that suicidal depression is increasingly being looked upon as a “terminal illness,” and hence, opines that we should view the suicides of the deeply …Continue reading "Pushing Suicide as Merely a ‘Choice’"
By Wesley J. Smith Joint suicides by elderly couples used to be considered a tragedy. In the Netherlands, doctors killing elderly couples together is a considered medical treatment (Belgium too, and at least once in Canada). Last year there were nine such killings. Details were not available on most, but one involved a husband dying …Continue reading "Nine Elderly Couples Were Euthanized in the Netherlands"
By Wesley J. Smith The culture of death brooks no dissent. In Canada, doctors have been ordered to bend the knee. Here’s the story: The Canadian Charter (Constitution) guarantees “freedom of conscience and religion”— a stronger and more explicit protection of religious liberty than our First Amendment. After the Supreme Court created a right to …Continue reading "Canada Court: Doctors Must Euthanize, Abort, or Refer"
By Wesley J. Smith The New York Times has published an opinion column by cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar that decries the Trump administration’s increased enforcement of medical conscience. But he actually promotes a one-way conscience right that favors protecting the predominate ideological views of the medical intelligentsia, while forcing dissenters to sacrifice their own religious and …Continue reading "Medical Conscience for Me, but Not for Thee"