By Wesley J. Smith Good grief. We are told that euthanasia is “compassion.” But how compassionate is it when last year in Canada, hundreds of sick people were euthanized because of loneliness? The country’s 2019 MAID [medical assistance in dying] Annual Report found that 13.7 percent of the 5,631 Canadians killed by doctors asked to be lethally …Continue reading "Hundreds of Sick Canadians Euthanized citing Isolation and Loneliness"
Who has the final say about medical treatment in extreme cases, bioethicists or the mother? By Wesley J. Smith A few years ago, doctors in the United Kingdom decided to remove a dying baby named Charlie Gard from life support. Charlie had a genetic disease and because doctors believed his case to be hopeless, based …Continue reading "‘Quality of Life’ Medical Authoritarianism Invades Texas"
By Wesley J. Smith Imagine you are the parent of a little baby. She is desperately ill with severe breathing difficulties, a heart valve defect, and diagnosed as suffering from severe chronic pulmonary hypertension. She is placed in a pediatric intensive care unit where, many months later, she continues to live—but also periodically experiences what …Continue reading "Texas Hospital Impeding Mother’s Attempt to Save Baby’s Life"
By Wesley J. Smith Assisted suicide is illegal in Pennsylvania. Now, after a depressed girl was apparently encouraged to kill herself in an Internet “pro choice” chat room, the state’s House has passed a bill increasing penalties in particular cases for such encouragement. From the Penn.Live story last September: Following a battle of depression, Shawn …Continue reading "Bill to Increase Penalties for Some Assisted Suicides Passes Pennsylvania House"
By Wesley J. Smith Over the years, I have repeatedly noted that the assisted-suicide movement is a “Marin County” movement — well-off, well-tailored white people who never have to worry about being denied quality care and believe themselves entitled to be made dead no matter who else might get hurt. Assisted-suicide statistics in California validate my criticism. People …Continue reading "Latinos, African Americans, and Asians resist assisted suicide"
By Wesley J. Smith Michael Hickson died after being refused potential curative treatment for COVID and being shuttled to hospice instead because — as a quadriplegic and cognitively disabled man — his doctor said he had an insufficient “quality of life” to save him, and that such care would not ameliorate his underlying disabilities. Here …Continue reading "National Council on Disability Decries Michael Hickson’s “unnecessary” Death"
By Wesley J. Smith Something evil happened recently in Austin. Michael Hickson, a forty-six-year-old African-American man with quadriplegia and a serious brain injury, was refused treatment at St. David’s Hospital South Austin while ill with COVID-19. The hospital withheld his tube-supplied food and water despite the objections of his wife, Melissa—and even though Michael might have …Continue reading "The deadly “Quality of Life” ethic"
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 kill. …Continue reading "More Euthanasia Targets: People with Mental Illness and Dementia"
By Wesley J. Smith Back in 2004, Californians voted to borrow $3 billion to pay for embryonic stem-cell and human-cloning research — that the media and Democrats falsely claimed * President George W. Bush banned — with the promise of CURES! CURES! CURES! The media were all in because the agenda of the day …Continue reading "$5.5 Billion Stem-Cell-Funding Measure Qualifies for California Ballot"
By Wesley J. Smith When a scientist in China proudly announced the birth of the first germ-line genetically engineered babies — meaning the alterations would flow down the generations — there was a firestorm. But notably, despite the screaming and arrest of the scientist by China (as if the authorities in the great tyranny didn’t know …Continue reading "Ban Germ-Line Genetically Engineered Babies"
By Wesley J. Smith I have written before about Marinou Arends, the Dutch doctor who euthanized a woman with dementia struggling to stay alive. Readers may recall the doctor first drugged her patient’s coffee and then, when the woman awakened and fought against being killed, had the family hold the patient down while administering the …Continue reading "Dutch MD Euthanized Dementia Patient Despite Being Told ‘No’"
By Wesley J. Smith The utilitarian bioethicist Peter Singer does not believe that human life has intrinsic value based simply on being human. Rather, he endorses a “quality of life” ethic in which some of us have greater value than others. Such discriminatory thinking leads to immoral viewpoints. Thus, Singer is best known for his …Continue reading "Peter Singer Endorses Medical Discrimination Against Elderly in COVID Crisis"