Ohio Suicide Crisis as State Nurses Support Assisted Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith Talk about missing the forest for the trees! The Ohio Nurses Association [ONA], a union with 11,000 members, has endorsed legalizing assisted suicide. From the Cincinnati Enquirer story: ONA President Deborah Arms said the proposal recommends “educating the public about medical aid in dying, supporting legislation to protect the rights of …

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Keep Bioethics out of Elementary and High Schools

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared at National Review Online. Bioethicist Jacob M. Appel wants the bioethics movement to educate your children about the policy and personal conundrums that involve medical care and health public policy. He claims that “most of us give little thought” to issues …

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Helping Mother Starve to Death a ‘Sacrament’

By Wesley J. Smith The Washington Post published an irresponsible puff piece that effectively grants moral permission to elderly people to commit suicide by self-starvation — known in euthanasia parlance as VSED (“voluntary stop eating and drinking”) — and quasi-teaches them how to do it. Of course, the story doesn’t put it that way. Instead, …

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Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Frozen Embryos Mere ‘Marital Property’

May be destroyed over father’s objections By Wesley J. Smith Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm … unites with a female gamete or oocyte…to form a single cell. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual. (p. 18) — …

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World Medical Association Opposes Euthanasia, Supports Medical Conscience

By Wesley J. Smith After much pressure to go cowardly neutral on legalizing euthanasia, like a few other weak-kneed medical associations have, the World Medical Association has joined the AMA and reaffirmed its strong opposition to doctors killing patients. From the “Declaration on Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide”: The WMA reiterates its strong commitment to the …

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Nature: Bioethics Is Obsolete

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. Wesley’s great columns appear at National Review Online and are reposted with the author’s permission. “CRISPR” is an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. “Quango” is a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation. I have been covering the bioethics movement since the late 1990s, writing several books (one award-winning) on …

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Deep Suicide Nihilism in Switzerland

By Wesley J. Smith A new suicide clinic is advertising its dark services in Switzerland — with “native English speaking” staff to ensure that suicide tourists attend. I will not name the clinic, but it does not take health into account when determining “eligibility.” From its web page: [Name deleted] believes that it is the …

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Canada Alzheimer’s Society Endorses Euthanasia by Advance Directive

By Wesley J. Smith Canada is debating whether to permit euthanasia by advance directive, meaning, allowing people to sign instructions requiring they be killed by their doctor once they reach a determined level of incompetence. In other words, a former self will be given the power to order their current self dispatched — even, presumably, …

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Targeting People With Mental Illness and Dementia for Euthanasia

Several countries may be ahead of us in this area, but the U.S. is fast catching up. By Wesley J. Smith A few years ago, a Dutch doctor attended her elderly Alzheimer’s disease patient at a nursing home. The doctor’s purpose wasn’t to examine the patient or prescribe new medicines. Rather, she was there to …

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Report: Assisted Suicide’s Threat to People with Disabilities

By Wesley J. Smith The media often write about assisted suicide as if the only opponents are pro-lifers, religious conservatives, and the Catholic Church. But that is, as the old saying goes, fake news. Some of the most vociferous and effective opponents of legalizing suicide by doctor are members of the disability rights community, organizations …

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